75 Percent Vote Required by SAG, 66.7 Percent by AFTRA to Trigger Work Stoppage Over Profit-Sharing Issue
Ballots Must Be Received No Later Than June 7
Los Angeles (May 24, 2005) – Referendum materials for a possible work stoppage against video game companies were mailed today to approximately 1,900 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and 1,000 American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) members who have earnings under union contracts governing the video game industry.
May 18, 2005
SAG and AFTRA members hold signs in support of fair and equitable Interactive contracts at the E3 Game Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Actor Michael Bell, the voice behind such best-selling games as Metal Gear Solid 3 and Doom, speaks to the crowd about the value of the professional actor to the gaming industry; nine out of the top ten games of 2004 used union performers.
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK CITY (May 16, 2005) -- Actors' Equity Association (Actors' Equity), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced an unprecedented joint health care survey of their members nationwide.
Video Game Producers Fail to Address SAG, AFTRA Demands for Profit-Sharing, Rejecting Even Modest Union Proposals
Los Angeles (May 13, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today that talks with video game producers for new Interactive Media Agreements have broken off, as the final proposal presented by the companies again failed to address the fundamental issue of profit-sharing.
Solidarity Among Members Strengthens Protections for SAG Performers Worldwide
LOS ANGELES (May 10, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild is saddened by the loss of Herb Sargent, president of the Writers Guild of America, East. SAG extends its heartfelt sympathy to his family and to his colleagues.
LOS ANGELES (Sunday, May 8, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) joins with the entire labor community in mourning the loss of Miguel Contreras, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Upon the news of his passing, SAG President Melissa Gilbert issued the following statement:
Los Angeles (May 6, 2005) -- All paid-up SAG and AFTRA members who work under the Interactive Media Agreements are urged to attend one of these important contract meetings.
SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating with a group of video game publishers on Interactive Media Agreements. Representatives from the unions and management agreed to extend the current Interactive Media Agreements through May 13, 2005.
LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2005) – Members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (AFTRA) who work union contracts in the interactive gaming industry held meetings April 25-26 in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations with producers for successor interactive media agreements.
Deal Provides for Staggered Rate and Benefit Increases
Extension Through May 13
Los Angeles (April 19, 2005) -- All paid-up SAG and AFTRA members who work under the Interactive Media Agreements are urged to attend one of these important contract meetings
SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating with a group of video game publishers on Interactive Media Agreements. Representatives from the unions and management have agreed to extend the current Interactive Media Agreements to May 13, 2005.
April 15, 2005 (Los Angeles) - The SAG Awards® has extended the opportunity to pay your November 2004 dues to become eligible for the nominating committee drawings. If you have not paid your November 2004 dues, and don’t know the amount you owe, you may call (323)549-6752 for your dues information. November 2004 dues payments must be received by SAG no later than April 20, 2005 at 5 p.m. PST, for members to be eligible for the nominating committee drawings.
Screen Actors Guild continues to enjoy success with Global Rule One, which ensures Guild members retain SAG contract protections wherever they work in the world. Since its enactment by the SAG national board in May 2002, the historic initiative has helped generate more than 200 percent increase in foreign theatrical and television productions shot under SAG terms and conditions, resulting in substantial member earnings and millions of dollars in union pension and health care contributions.
Los Angeles (April 5, 2005) --- Since its formation in 1997, SAGindie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn't produced by a studio doesn't mean you can't use professional talent.
In fact, input from indie producers continues to help SAG revise and improve its five low-budget agreements to make it even easier for filmmakers to use SAG actors, regardless of their budget.
Here is the upcoming schedule of SAGindie-sponsored events that members should check out:
Los Angeles (April 15, 2005)---Representatives of Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists 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.
Los Angeles (March 15, 2005)---Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of Tom Dillon, who served as president of The Actors' Fund of America from 1989 to 2004. He was 86. With one of the longest presidential tenures in the Fund's 122-year history, Dillon led the organization through a period of significant growth and achievement.
LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2005) - A Los Angeles man who deceptively offered vouchers from Screen Actors Guild to scam actors was convicted following a two-week jury trial, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced.
Thyvronn Verlin Hill, 40, of Los Angeles, was convicted by a jury of two counts of petty theft (of labor), eight counts of false advertising, and one count of doing business in Los Angeles without a business tax registration certificate.
Los Angeles (March 6, 2005) – The Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today named Greg Hessinger as the Guild’s new national executive director and chief executive officer. Hessinger, who has served as national executive director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for the past four years, will formally assume the new role on May 2. He replaces Bob Pisano, who has served in the role since September 2001
Screen Actors Guild members are advised not to render voice-over services for Grabaciones y Doblajes or Grabaciones y Doblajes Internacionales on "LOS SIMPSONS" in Mexico.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA), the Mexican performers union, have enjoyed years of friendship, solidarity, joint action and mutual aid since 1999.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD SUPPORTS BRETHREN IN MEXICO
Los Angeles (March 7, 2005) Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert and National Executive Director/CEO Bob Pisano, on behalf of the entire SAG membership, sent the guild’s unqualified support to the Mexican performers union Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA) in their struggle with employers for fair contracts.
Los Angeles (February 28, 2005) – In national voting completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production.
Los Angeles (February 17, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert today called on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to heed the request of the stunt community – all of whom are SAG members – to establish a new Oscar category of Best Stunt Coordinator in the annual awards show.
To read a summary of the SAG/AFTRA TV/Theatrical Agreement click here.
SAG has posted the full detailed presentation that the Joint SAG/AFTRA National Board carefully studied before overwhelmingly recommending the deal.
To view a PDF of the presentation, click here
To download Adobe Acrobat Reader (for PDF viewing), click here.
Currently paid-up members of SAG and/or AFTRA may attend joint informational meetings held in these cities prior to the voting deadline. You must present a paid-up SAG or AFTRA membership card for admission. Plan to attend the informational meeting in your area.
Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m
Culver City Veteran Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City
Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Le Parker Meridien Hotel
118 W. 57th Street
Los Angeles (February 7, 2005) --- The Joint Board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) overwhelmingly approved, and is recommending to its combined membership, a new three-year TV/Theatrical contract with studios and networks. Beginning today, ballots are being mailed to all SAG and AFTRA eligible voters. Filled-out ballots must be returned via mail and must be received at the assigned post office box in Everett, WA no later than 5 p.m. (PST) Monday, February 28, 2005.