Press Releases 2008

Press Releases
Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:54

In observance of New Year’s Day, SAG offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1st and Friday, January 2nd.  Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 5th.

Please note that SAG offices will be closed early on Wednesday, December 31st as follows:

National Headquarters - 12:30 p.m. (PST)

New York Office - 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Regional Branch Offices* - 12:30 p.m. (PST, CST, EST)

*Joint SAG/AFTRA Office schedules may differ.

Mon, 12/22/2008 - 19:38

Notice of Special National Board Meeting


Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,

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Sun, 12/14/2008 - 10:30

LOS ANGELES, December 14, 2008 — Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement in response to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producer's (AMPTPs) ad scheduled for tomorrow.

“There they go again.  The  AMPTP’s ad is great fiction, with convoluted bullet points and confused messages -- and, it’s completely wrong.

Here’s the truth:

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Sun, 12/14/2008 - 10:30

15th Annual SAG Awards® Ceremonies to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 on TNT and TBS at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT

Stunt announcements will be streamed live at 5:50 am PT/8:50 am ET on TNT.TV &
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Fri, 12/12/2008 - 19:29

Statement of Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg

Los Angeles, December 12, 2008
- The Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement on behalf of SAG national president Alan Rosenberg:

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Fri, 12/12/2008 - 19:29

Screen Actors Guild Announces “Solidarity  Campaign”
First 31 “Solidarity Signers” add names to list of  members in support of a “yes” vote on the strike authorization referendum.
Among the names are several prominent Academy Award™ nominees and recipients.

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Wed, 12/10/2008 - 10:17

LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 10, 2008 -- Screen Actors Guild today announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed to paid-up SAG members on Friday January 2, 2009, and will be tabulated on Friday, January 23. A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary.

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Sun, 12/07/2008 - 13:44

Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,

We know many of you plan to attend the informational Hollywood Division Town Hall Meeting at Harmony Gold Theater on December 8, 2008 at 7 p.m. While we tried to secure a larger  venue, seasonal parties, award consideration screenings, and our policy to use only union facilities, limited our options.

We will admit the first 450 members who have paid up SAG membership cards to the town hall. We are currently looking for an appropriate venue so that we can hold another town hall for Hollywood Division members very soon.

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Mon, 12/01/2008 - 17:53

No One Has Our Proxy
SAG Represents Actors

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Sat, 11/22/2008 - 10:14

Screen Actors Guild – AMPTP Mediation Fails

SAG Seeks Strike Authorization

Los Angeles (Nov. 22, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild today issued the following statement in response to the failure of federal mediation:

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Mon, 11/10/2008 - 18:00

Screen Actors Guild Announces the Howard Keel Award Selectees

Los Angeles, CA (November 10, 2008) -
The Regional Branch Division (RBD) of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) established the Howard Keel Award to honor RBD members who have made significant contributions to the welfare and benefit of professional actors in their Branch and reaffirmed the status of the SAG RBD as part of a national union.

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Fri, 10/31/2008 - 16:32

Los Angeles, CA (October 31, 2008) – The Screen Actors Guild National Negotiating Committee will meet with the mediator assigned by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on November 5.

About SAG

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Tue, 10/28/2008 - 16:54

Los Angeles, (October 28, 2008) - Screen Actors Guild National LGBT and Hollywood Legislative committees voted to oppose California ballot Proposition 8.  Committee members took the action supporting the constitutional rights of same-sex couples to wed in the state of California as part of the Guild’s ongoing anti-discrimination efforts.

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Fri, 10/24/2008 - 21:07

Los Angeles, (October 24, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen and Deputy National Executive Director for Contracts Ray Rodriguez met with Juan Carlos Gonzalez this afternoon at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles to discuss Screen Actors Guild’s  request for mediation and the possibilities regarding the resumption of negotiations.  It is our understanding that Mr. Gonzalez is going to meet with AMPTP representatives next Thursday.

Mon, 10/20/2008 - 17:05

Los Angeles (October 20, 2008)—The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, October 18, approved a proposed agreement outlining conditions to permit joint bargaining with AFTRA for the Commercials Contracts under the terms of the Phase 1 agreement.

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Sun, 10/19/2008 - 14:11

Los Angeles (October 19, 2008) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today passed the following resolution at its quarterly plenary in Los Angeles:

“In hopes of moving the Theatrical and TV negotiations forward, the national board hereby takes the following actions:

SAG will formally request a federal mediator be brought into the negotiations.

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Fri, 10/17/2008 - 18:04

Los Angeles (October, 17, 2008) - Screen Actors Guild announced the results of the division elections for the union's three national vice presidents. At meetings held on October 6, the Hollywood Division Board elected Anne-Marie Johnson as 1st national vice-president; and the New York Division Board re-elected New York Division President Sam Freed, as 2nd national vice president. At its meeting today, the Regional Branch Division Board elected David Hartley-Margolin as 3rd national vice president.

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Tue, 10/07/2008 - 09:52


SAG, AFTRA and AEA Announce the I AM PWD Campaign

Inclusion in the Arts Media of People with Disabilities

Announcement Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Fri, 10/03/2008 - 13:45

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 3, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement regarding the passage of the federal incentive package:

“Screen Actors Guild applauds the passage of this important jobs incentive.  We believe there is no better time than now to support American workers and American jobs.”

Pamm Fair, Deputy National Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild

Pamela Greenwalt
Screen Actors Guild
(323) 440-2892


Fri, 10/03/2008 - 10:43

Simultaneous 3-city news conference to announce the I AM PWD campaign — a global effort of Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association to promote media access, inclusion and equal employment opportunities for actors, broadcasters and sound recording artists with disabilities. Working with allies in the non-profit civil rights and advocacy community and the labor movement, the I AM PWD campaign will educate the public, encourage the industry and inspire and advocate for universal media access for people with disabilities.

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Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:58

45th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

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Wed, 10/01/2008 - 18:31


Los Angeles, CA (October 1, 2008) – The National TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee of Screen Actors Guild today passed the following advisory motion to the National Board:

“Whereas, Screen Actors Guild has been and remains willing and able to continue formal and continuous negotiations with the AMPTP and the employers, with the intention of reaching a mutually-acceptable deal; and

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Sat, 09/27/2008 - 16:16
Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg released the following statement on the passing of Paul Newman: “Paul Newman was a vibrant and dynamic person -- an actor of extraordinary talent and a philanthropist of intense commitment. His passing is a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry, his fans around the world and to the art of acting.Read More
Fri, 09/26/2008 - 18:12
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