Press Releases

Press Releases
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:30

Highlights include a Red Carpet bottle signing at the 23rd Annual SAG Awards®

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 29, 2016) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild Awards® today announced Champagne Taittinger is sponsoring a new initiative that will raise additional funds for the Foundation’s critical Emergency Assistance program, which supports actors and their families in times of urgent need.

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 13:57

LOS ANGELES (November 22, 2016) – The union representing Canadian voiceover and performance capture performers has joined with SAG-AFTRA and will help prevent struck video game work from crossing the northern border.

ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA recently strengthened their cooperation for cross-border labor protections and partnered on a joint event at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Now, ACTRA has joined SAG-AFTRA in support of its strike of 11 video game corporations.

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 16:53

LOS ANGELES (November 18, 2016) – The Actors’ Equity Association has united with SAG-AFTRA and called on its membership not to accept  voiceover or performance capture work on struck titles from the 11 video game corporations during the ongoing strike.

AEA Executive Director Mary McColl called on the video game corporations to return to the bargaining table and said her union “stands in solidarity with and support of its sister union SAG-AFTRA as it fights for a fair contract for voice-over and motion-capture performers.”

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 19:06

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 17, 2016) –  Approximately 450 members and leaders of SAG-AFTRA, together with members of Unite Here, AFM, WGA West and IATSE, picketed Insomniac Games, Inc. in Burbank on Thursday. It was the union’s third picket since it began striking 11 video game corporations Oct. 21. SAG-AFTRA’s pickets of WB Games, Inc. and Voiceworks Productions, Inc. on Nov. 3 and EA on Oct. 24 drew some 700 combined.

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:26

CHICAGO (November 7, 2016) -- SAG-AFTRA on Monday filed two unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of member broadcasters at WEEK and WHOI. Both news stations are operated out of the same location in East Peoria, Ill. and are owned by Quincy Media, Inc. Together with one previously filed charge, there are now three unfair labor practice charges outstanding against the company.

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 17:48

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2016) – SAG-AFTRA today welcomed the release of Activision’s latest Call of Duty installment Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare by noting that dialogue by voice performers appears in 100 percent of the blockbuster franchise's gameplay.

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 13:34

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 4, 2016) — Regarding the series "Being Mary Jane," BET and Breakdown Productions continue to abuse the option pickup process and mask which season they are shooting in order to avoid paying contractually agreed upon raises. As a result, SAG-AFTRA is moving to arbitration on behalf of the entire cast.

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 17:50

LOS ANGELES (November 3, 2016) — SAG-AFTRA members Thursday picketed two of the video game corporations that continue to refuse to compromise on critical issues.

Approximately 400 SAG-AFTRA and allied union members from AFM, WGAW, IATSE and the Animation Guild Local 839 picketed WB Games, Inc. and Voiceworks Productions, Inc. in Burbank, Calif. as the interactive video game strike continued into a second week.

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 17:00

LOS ANGELES (October 28, 2016) -- Attorneys for SAG-AFTRA today issued a demand to the public relations representative and negotiations attorney for the 11 video game corporations the union is striking. The demand directs the PR rep to immediately cease infringing the union’s trademark and desist in its promotion of a deceptive website that masquerades as a SAG-AFTRA communications platform.

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:05

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike:

The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the SAG-AFTRA voice-over and motion-capture performers who are on strike after failed negotiations with eleven video game employers. Performers deserve a modern contract that offers the protections necessary to work in today’s video game industry.

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 21:02

SAG-AFTRA Responds to Management Claims

As Picketing Begins, SAG-AFTRA Remains Committed to Negotiations

LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2016) -- Despite what the video game employers restated today, SAG-AFTRA has not received a fair offer that would resolve our negotiations. The union remains committed to reaching an equitable solution while employers are the ones who continue to be intractable in their bargaining.

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 13:25

SAG Awards® Nominees Will Be Announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

23rd Annual SAG Awards Ceremony Will Be Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS 
on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES (October 21, 2016) – Submissions of performances for nominations consideration for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will close on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at 5 p.m. (PST). Absolutely no submissions will be considered after that time.

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 15:41

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 20, 2016)  “This group of video game employers knowingly feeds off other industries that pay these same performers fairly to make a living. This represents a 'freeloader model of compensation' that we believe cannot and should not continue.
 

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 17:29

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 16, 2016) — The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors meeting this weekend in a face-to-face plenary in Los Angeles, voted unanimously to set a strike date against video game employers for this Friday, October 21 at 12:01 a.m. 

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 18:45

Los Angeles (September 24, 2016) -- “Gov. Jerry Brown today stood with thousands of film and television professionals and concerned Californians who urged him to sign AB 1687, a California law that will help prevent age discrimination in film and television casting and hiring," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 16:48

Los Angeles (Sept, 14, 2016) - For the first time, a nationally broadcast award show produced for the Telemundo network will be covered by a SAG-AFTRA agreement. The 2016 Latin American Music Awards will be televised from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on October 6, and produced by CMS Productions for Telemundo. 

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 13:44

 

Toronto (September 8, 2016) – SAG-AFTRA and ACTRA unveiled today a new one-of-a-kind event taking place at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. The unique evening event will recognize the talented actors and filmmakers coming to TIFF 2016. Toronto was selected because its world-renowned festival helps kick off the film industry's annual calendar. 

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:22

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2016) — The employees at the Better Government Association in Chicago today voted unanimously to join SAG-AFTRA.  

The successful vote means the staff will join more than 160,000 media professionals in the union, paving the way for BGA employees to negotiate a first contract.

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