Los Angeles (Friday, May 19, 2006)—Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg today released the following statement:
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Starting May 11, 2006, Screen Actors Guild residuals mailings will have a new look. Separate sheets of paper in a basic white envelope will replace the previous design, which contained a check inside a printed yellow sleeve. The new statements will contain all of the same useful information that was found in the previous format, and will be accompanied by your residuals check. This format change is intended to be more user-friendly for members, as well as cost-effective for the Guild.
The Residuals Department
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Los Angeles (May 3, 2006) – Screen Actors Guild executive and former member Tom La Grua has been named interim deputy national executive director for contracts, it was announced today by the Guild. A four-year Guild executive, La Grua will administrate the Contracts Department nationwide while the Guild conducts a search for a permanent replacement for Sallie Weaver, the 20-year executive who vacated the position on May 1.
Guild President Alan Rosenberg recently testified in Washington D.C. before the Senate Commerce Committee and urged lawmakers to oppose legislation that would increase FCC indecency fines for individual performers to $500,000. Rosenberg has since returned to Washington D.C. and met with several key senators to explain the disastrous impact these fines would have on actors. Now we need your help.
Take action today to fight onerous FCC fines for individual creative artists. Send your message today.
Screen Actors Guild works with coalition of unions on tax incentive bill worth nearly $400 million
Los Angeles (April 24, 2006) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that it has reached a landmark agreement with Touchstone Television (a unit of the ABC Television Network) covering so-called “mobisodes” for the television series Lost. These negotiated terms demonstrate an important collaboration between artists and employers in their effort to lay the groundwork for future mobile content and other new technology agreements.
Los Angeles (April 21, 2006) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board today unanimously ratified the recently negotiated Basic Cable Animation agreement. The new contract, which goes into effect immediately, is retroactive to January 1, 2006 and will run through June 30, 2008.
New York and Los Angeles (April 12, 2006) - As previously announced, the advertising industry's Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and representatives of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met this past Saturday, April 8, at Guild headquarters in Los Angeles to begin preliminary discussions in advance of the expiration of the current Commercials contract on October 29, 2006.
New York and Los Angeles (April 12, 2006) – As previously announced, the advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and representatives of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met this past Saturday, April 8, at Guild headquarters in Los Angeles to begin preliminary discussions in advance of the expiration of the current Commercials contract on October 29, 2006.
Parties Agree to Consider a Joint Study on Alternate Compensation Models for Commercials
New York and Los Angeles (April 6, 2006) – The advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and representatives of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) will meet on Saturday, April 8, it was jointly announced today by both parties.
When: Sunday, April 23
Mixer: 11 a.m.-Noon
Meeting: Noon-3 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608 (Validated self-parking provided.)
- State of the Guild Report from President Alan Rosenberg
- Reports from Division Vice Presidents
- Sign up for speakers list
- Social mixer with committee chairs and national board members from all divisions
- Nominating petitions for 2006 SAG elections available
Los Angeles (March 28, 2006) – In a major victory for actors performing in animated programs made for basic cable, Screen Actors Guild negotiators have secured a 20 percent increase in residuals as part of a tentative agreement reached between the Guild and the major producers of animated basic cable programming (including Walt Disney Pictures & Television, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios).
Los Angeles (March 27, 2006) --- A statement from Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg:
"During the last week, Screen Actors Guild held caucuses in five cities—San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, New York and Hollywood—to discuss our ongoing negotiations to secure a new contract covering live action programs made directly for Basic Cable. Member turnout was tremendous. An inspiring range of actors—from high-profile performers who star on their own shows to rank-and-file members who struggle to qualify for health insurance—stood side by side in solidarity.
The Guild will hold a caucus on April 10 in Hollywood for members to review the tentative agreement reached between the Guild's negotiating committee and producers of animation shows made for basic cable television, before it is considered for ratification by the national board at its April 21-22 meeting. Under the terms of the agreement, ratification by the Guild must take place by April 30, 2006.
Los Angeles (March 16, 2006) – Screen Actors Guild today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor’s review of an election challenge filed against the Guild’s national officers has ended with the department taking no action, which finalizes the Guild’s election of President Alan Rosenberg and Secretary-Treasurer Connie Stevens. The election was held this past September and both Rosenberg and Stevens’ terms run through September 2007.
A Strike Authorization Vote on the Basic Cable Live Action Agreement will be Taken at Each Meeting
All paid-up* Guild members who work under the SAG Basic Cable Live Action Agreement (The Closer on TNT, The Shield on FX) or paid-up members interested in these negotiations are urged to attend. The Guild has been negotiating with producers for several months, yet the producers' last offer does not reflect the extraordinary growth of the cable industry.
Denver (March 1, 2006) --- In the long and arduous fight between pro-union supporters and Right-to-Work advocates, Colorado has long been considered a key battleground state. Well, great news for Guild members and unionists everywhere: The Labor movement scored a major victory on February 13 as Colorado's proposed Right-to-Work legislation (Senate Bill 139) was narrowly defeated 4 to 3 in committee.
Los Angeles (February 27, 2006) – Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg issued the following statement today regarding the death of former Guild President Dennis Weaver.
BASIC CABLE ANIMATION CAUCUS FEBRUARY 24
BASIC CABLE LIVE ACTION CAUCUS FEBRUARY 25
Updates on the status of negotiations
Basic Cable TV Animation Agreement
Examples of shows covered by this contract are SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon and The Boondocks for Cartoon Network.
Basic Cable Agreement for live action programming
Examples of shows covered by this contract are The Shield for FX, Monk for USA, and The Closer for TNT.
LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2006) – Actors and storytellers staged a demonstration on Wednesday protesting their exclusion from an entertainment industry debate on product integration in TV and film. The protest follows an earlier call by the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw), Writers Guild of America, East (WGAe), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for the industry to adopt a “Code of Conduct” to govern the use and disclosure of such advertising.
A quick reminder for Guild members:
SAG does not issue W2 tax forms. Instead, members receive them from the companies they've worked for. If members need to contact a studio or payroll house directly to change their listed address or ask questions about W2 tax forms, here is the contact info for some of the major studios and payroll houses (including Guild contacts):
February 20, 2006 (Los Angeles) --- Commemorating Black History Month, Screen Actors Guild and U.S. Representative Diane E. Watson (D-Los Angeles), chair of the Congressional Entertainment Caucus, today joined together to host a reception at Guild Headquarters in Hollywood celebrating the many contributions African-American performers have made to the entertainment industry.