Press Releases

Press Releases
Thu, 09/30/2010 - 17:45

Los Angeles (October 1, 2010)  – For the second year, Screen Actors Guild will celebrate Diversity Awareness Month during the month of October with a slate of programs and activities exhibiting the value of diversity and equal employment of diverse actors in film, television and other recorded media.

From a Diversity Careers in Focus conference at national headquarters to SAG’s Dare to Be Diverse screening series, an inclusive and abundant lineup awaits. (See the complete calendar below.)

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Wed, 09/29/2010 - 17:43

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 29, 2010) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) today discovered and immediately notified members who joined the union through its online website portal, called Join Online, that computer hackers unlawfully accessed the join online system on Sept. 14, and that confidential information, including credit card and social security numbers, may have been stolen. AFTRA immediately shut down the join online website portal and notified the state and federal authorities, as well as the credit reporting bureaus.

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Wed, 09/29/2010 - 14:42

1% Representation Creates Extreme Lack of Employment Opportunities for Performers With Disabilities

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Wed, 09/29/2010 - 11:20

September 29, 2010
 

Chairman Patrick J. Leahy
United States Senate
433 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Ranking Member Jeff Sessions
United States Senate
335 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Re: S. 3804, Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions:

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Fri, 09/24/2010 - 09:54

Los Angeles (September 24, 2010) – In a joint statement issued today, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced they will commence negotiations on successor agreements to the AFTRA Exhibit A (Primetime TV) and SAG TV/Theatrical contracts on Monday, September 27, 2010. The talks will take place at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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Wed, 09/22/2010 - 21:06

Los Angeles (September 23, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Washington-Baltimore Branch elections.
 
Candidates elected from the Washington-Baltimore Branch include:

John Badila, President, one year term
Susan Jeanne Snyder, Vice President, one year term
Terri Price, Secretary-Treasurer, one year term
Lynn-Jane Foreman, Council Member at Large, one year term
Jack Jenkins, Council Member at Large, one year term
Mike Monroe, Council Member at Large, one year term

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Wed, 09/22/2010 - 17:56

Los Angeles (September 22, 2010) – The 2010 Media Access Awards, a press breakfast honoring individuals and organizations in the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting the awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities, will be held on October 8, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

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Wed, 09/22/2010 - 17:50

Los Angeles (September 23, 2010)—Screen Actors Guild today announced elections results for the Guild’s National Board of Directors. Twenty-seven (27) of the 69 National Board seats were open for election this year, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. The newly elected National Board members will assume office on September 25.

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Wed, 09/22/2010 - 13:06

Los Angeles (September 22, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Philadelphia Branch elections.
 
Candidates elected from the Philadelphia Branch include:

John Wooten, President, three year term
Sylvia Kauders, Vice President, three year term
Harvey Jaffe, Recording Secretary, three year term
Gail Lewis, Treasurer, three year term
Donna Dundon, Council Member at Large, two year term
Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Council Member at Large, two year term

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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 17:45

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 21, 2010) – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO), a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcasters, today announced its AFTRA.com website has received two first place awards and AFTRA Magazine a second place award from the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) 2010 Labor Media Awards.

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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 13:02

Los Angeles (September 21, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Hawaii Branch elections.
 
Candidate elected from the Hawaii Branch include:

Katherine Cleveland, Council Member at Large, three year term

The member elected as Council Member at Large was also elected as Alternate National Director who may be called upon to serve at National Board Meetings when the National Board member from Hawaii Branch is unavailable to attend.
 

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Mon, 09/20/2010 - 14:50

LOS ANGELES (September 20, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) today released the following statement:

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Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:17

WASHINGTON (September 17, 2010) – A broad entertainment industry coalition today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found unconstitutional the 2005 California law restricting the sale and rental to minors of computer and video games deemed to be overly violent.

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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:05

Chicago (September 16, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Chicago Branch elections.
 
Candidates elected from the Chicago Branch include:

 

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Wed, 09/15/2010 - 17:18


Los Angeles (September 15, 2010) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Nevada Branch elections.
 
Candidates elected from the Nevada Branch include:

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Tue, 09/14/2010 - 18:00

Los Angeles (September 14, 2010) — Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch elections.
 
Candidates elected from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch include:

Brent Anderson, President, three-year term  
Sharon Garrison,  Secretary-Treasurer, three-year term  
John Athas, Council Member at Large, three-year term  

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Sun, 09/12/2010 - 14:23

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (Sept. 12, 2010) – The Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) today met by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved a package of proposals for the upcoming Joint AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical Negotiations.
 

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Sat, 09/11/2010 - 17:44

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (Sept. 11, 2010) – The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) – a national union of more than more 70,000 performers, broadcasters, recording artists and other talent working in the entertainment and news media – today met by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York.

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Sat, 09/11/2010 - 15:17

SAG National Board Votes to:

Commence 2011 Industrial and Educational Contract Negotiation Process;
 
Delegate Bargaining Authority to Screen Actors Guild Basic Cable Negotiating Committees and Chief Negotiator; and
 
Explore Coordinated Bargaining of Live Action Basic Cable Programming with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

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Fri, 09/10/2010 - 17:38

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 10, 2010) – The Philadelphia Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) – a national labor union representing more than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists – today announced that the AFTRA-covered reporters, anchors, writers and producers of KYW-TV CBS3 in Philadelphia have requested federal mediation in their ongoing contract negotiations with local management for their contract which expired on Oct. 1, 2009. KYW-TV CBS3 is a CBS affiliate station.

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Thu, 09/09/2010 - 13:18

Los Angeles (September 9, 2010) – Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who represents Screen Actors Guild as general counsel and deputy national executive director, has been named to POWER UP’s 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz list for 2010.

POWER UP is a non-profit organization known for its award-winning short films that advance the careers of gay women filmmakers. Two years ago, the group created the men’s list in addition to the 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz list, which has been presented for the past decade.

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Wed, 09/08/2010 - 09:21

Los Angeles (September 8, 2010) –  Screen Actors Guild will present its acclaimed Diversity Acting Workshop on September 11 as part of the programming at this year’s South Dakota Film Festival.

The Capitol Theatre Stage will be the venue for this business and acting skills seminar, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The workshop is part of ongoing outreach by the Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity Department and the SAG President’s National Task Force for American Indians to create opportunities for aspiring minority actors.

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Fri, 09/03/2010 - 09:31

The Union Advantage in 140 Characters or Less: Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, CSI: NY's Hill Harper, Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett, Award-Winning Broadcaster Bob Butler, Breaking Bad's R.J. Mitte, and Other Celebs Tweet for Unions During First Ever Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon

Actors’ Equity, AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild Members and Major League Baseball Players among the Labor Day Tweeters!

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Wed, 09/01/2010 - 11:09

Los Angeles (September 1, 2010)  - Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of former SAG National Executive Director Ken Orsatti, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 78 of pulmonary disease at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, Calif. Orsatti served as national executive director from 1981 through the beginning of 2001. During his tenure as NED, Orsatti also served as the Guild’s chief negotiator, a period that saw dramatic expansion of the union’s contracts and record setting earnings for its members. He was a SAG employee since 1961.

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