Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) --- Thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who worked in California may be entitled to monies stemming from the “Greenberg Class Action” lawsuit that seeks damages from a number of payroll houses, studios, and production companies for alleged violations of certain provisions of the California Labor Code. The Guild, which is not involved in the lawsuit, has established a hotline recording to help answer questions that members may have in their effort to recoup possible damages.
Los Angeles (August 23, 2005) ---Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert today issued the following statement upon learning of the death of 1990 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient Brock Peters:
“On behalf of the 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild, our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to the family of Brock Peters. His remarkable body of acting work and dedication as a civil rights activist will never be forgotten.”
Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) – In a major victory for working actors in New York state, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it has successfully persuaded New York Gov. George Pataki to veto legislation that would have significantly altered the rules under which talent managers must operate. The proposed bill would have expanded the powers of New York state talent managers by allowing them to secure work for actors—without the same controls or regulations that currently govern agents.
Study Reveals Significant Economic Benefits Entertainment Industry has on California Economy
Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) --- The California Film Commission today released a comprehensive study conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), which details runaway production’s negative impact on California’s state revenue. Along with such groups as the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Teamsters Local 399, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contributed funding to the report.
New York (August 19, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it is advising its members to no longer purchase or carry police costumes in the New York City area – even to jobs that require the use of such costumes. The new guidance comes as the result of an apparent shift in City policy that puts professional actors at risk of arrest if found to be carrying police costumes.
2005 BRANCH ELECTION STATUS/RESULTS
*All candidates ran unopposed.
National Board Member:
Will Lyman (Three-year term)
Bill Mootos (Three-year term)
1st Vice President:
Karen Woodward Massey (Three-year term)
2nd Vice President:
Michele Proude (Three-year term)
Ellen Colton (Three-year term)
There are several upcoming events available to Screen Actors Guild members that are worth checking out. A partial list is available here.
Check your local branch page frequently for more information.
August 11, 2005
Cold Reading Workshop for Young Performers in New York City
Contact the New York Branch for more information
August 17, 2005
VisionFest 2005: Filmmakers Alliance Screenings and Anniversary Celebration
August 24, 2005
Screen Actors Guild Women's Health Forum
LOS ANGELES (August 2, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild today released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national officer and national board elections. National president and secretary-treasurer positions are up for election, both of which carry two-year terms. Current SAG President Melissa Gilbert announced last month she will not seek re-election. Approximately 1/3 of the total 69 national board seats are open for election this year.
LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2005) --- The national board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today ratified a new three-year TV animation contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that runs retroactively from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
Los Angeles (July 28, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members voted today by a margin of 81.2 percent to 18.8 percent to overwhelmingly approve the proposed Interactive Media Agreement recently negotiated with video game producers. In accordance with a national board decision on June 29, the referendum was sent to Screen Actors Guild performers with earnings under the previous three-year agreement with the video game industry—as well as any eligible, paid-up SAG member in good standing who requested a ballot.
LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2005) --- Delegates at the AFL-CIO national convention in Chicago today re-elected Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert to the federation’s executive council. As an executive council member for the past four years, Gilbert has fought for issues that affect SAG and the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4A’s) and has represented other entertainment unions’ concerns in labor negotiations and policy.
Los Angeles (July 27, 2005) --- It has come to the attention of Screen Actors Guild that Porchlight Entertainment, the producer of the animated television series Tutenstein (which airs on NBC), is not signed to an agreement with SAG covering the terms and conditions for voice actors employed on the series.
SAG members are advised not to accept any employment on this animated series until they have confirmed with SAG that the producer’s signatory status has changed. Employment on Tutenstein will currently subject a SAG member to a Rule One Violation.
Los Angeles (July 26, 2005) – Fifteen years after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) released the executive summary of a first-of-its-kind study Tuesday that reveals performers with disabilities (PWDs) are significantly underrepresented in the entertainment industry and often reluctant to ask producers for even the most minor accommodations.
Los Angeles (July 21, 2005) --- It’s down to the wire, and SAG needs its members help.
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)—the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement—by July 28.
Submissions for the 12th Annual SAG Awards® Nominations Open on July 18, 2005
Submissions for the 12th Annual SAG Awards® Nominations Open on July 18, 2005
The SAG National Board has voted to send ballots to approve or reject the proposed 2005 Interactive Media Agreement to those members who work under this Agreement, as well as any member in good standing who requests a ballot.
Members who have reported earnings under this contract will be automatically mailed a ballot on July 13, 2005. Replacement ballots may be obtained by calling SAG’s Membership department at (323) 549-6778. The deadline for members who work in the video game industry to request replacement ballots is 12 p.m. PDT on July 25, 2005.
SAG National Board to Consider Proposed Contract Later This Month; SAG Animation Negotiating Committee to Hold Caucus Meeting July 12
(Los Angeles, July 7, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a new three-year contract covering television animation productions.
Los Angeles (July 7, 2005) -- Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert and National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger today issued the following statement:
“The members and staff of Screen Actors Guild extend our thoughts and deepest condolences today to our colleagues at Equity in London and to all the people of Great Britain. These deplorable acts of terror are attacks against us all. As both performers and citizens of the world, we stand in solidarity with our friends and colleagues and condemn this unconscionable violence against innocent people.”
Los Angeles (June 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that SAG President Melissa Gilbert and National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger will convene a special meeting of the national board on Wednesday, June 29, to consider the tentative Interactive Media Agreement with video game companies that was rejected this past Tuesday by SAG’s National Executive Committee.
All paid-up SAG members who work under the Television Animation Agreement are urged to attend this important meeting.
NO STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE WILL BE TAKEN AT THE MEETING. Instead, the SAG National Executive Committee has voted to mail out ballots, if necessary, to those members who work under the contract.
Even though no strike authorization vote will be taken, votes on the pending contract proposals will be taken, and member participation is vital to the future of the Television Animation Contract.
Los Angeles (June 21, 2005) --- The National Executive Committee of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today voted to formally reject a new Interactive Media contract negotiated with video game companies. SAG’s current three-year Interactive contract expired on May 13, 2005. SAG’s National Executive Committee had been designated by the Guild national board to consider the tentative agreement, which was reached on June 8.
Performers and Producers Avert Work Stoppage on Eve of Strike Vote Tally; Unions’ Focus Now Moves to Stepped-Up Organizing Efforts
Los Angeles (April 15, 2005)---Representatives of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and a group of video game publishers have agreed to extend the current interactive agreements to May 13, 2005. Discussions on successor interactive agreements are continuing.
A press blackout remains in effect.