Press Releases

Press Releases
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 09:32

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 15, 2009)—Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) today applaud the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of the Performance Rights Act (S. 379). A similar bill, H.R. 848, was approved in May by the House Judiciary Committee.

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Thu, 10/15/2009 - 09:16

Timed with an Unprecedented Block of TV Programming That Promotes Volunteerism Starting October 19

All Part of New Service Initiative Called iParticipate Led By The Entertainment Industry Foundation

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Sun, 10/11/2009 - 19:39

Los Angeles (October 11, 2009) — Screen Actors Guild members, SAG’s National LGBT Actors Committee, and SAG staff marched with thousands of activists from around the country today in Washington D.C. as part of the National Equality March, which coincided with National Coming Out Day.

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Wed, 10/07/2009 - 19:04

Los Angeles - Casting bias facing SAG members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) was the central topic of a spirited panel discussion co-sponsored by the SAG National LGBT Actors Committee and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on October 7, 2009. Held in October to commemorate National Coming Out Day, this is the third SAG event of its kind to explore the unique challenges and opportunities of LGBT actors

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Wed, 10/07/2009 - 17:16

Los Angeles (October 7, 2009) — Screen Actors Guild announced today that members of the Guild, SAG’s National LGBT Actors Committee, and SAG staff will join grassroots activists from around the country in Washington D.C. October 10-11, 2009. Thousands of fair-minded Americans are expected to come together in our nation’s capital this weekend for Equality Across America’s National Equality March.

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Wed, 10/07/2009 - 13:34

Hollywood Board of Directors Re-elects Anne-Marie Johnson 1st Vice President;
New York Board of Directors Elects Mike Hodge 2nd Vice President

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Mon, 10/05/2009 - 09:31

Quality of Local Journalism in Jeopardy

Rochester, New York (Oct. 5, 2009)—Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) today announced they have requested a federal mediator to join contract negotiations at WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York on Tuesday, Oct. 6. WHEC-TV is an NBC affiliate station owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation which is based in Twin Cities, Minnesota.

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Fri, 10/02/2009 - 14:59

Los Angeles (October 2, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) today announced they have reached tentative agreements with video game companies on new contracts. The agreements -- which become effective upon ratification and remain in full force until March 30, 2011 - achieve parity between the AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild contracts and include contemporaneous expiration dates of March 30, 2011.

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Wed, 09/30/2009 - 13:18

LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2009)—Newly minted Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard made his first public appearance in his official capacity Monday night. The event was a SAG American Indian membership caucus hosted by SAG National President’s Task Force on American Indians, and SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity.

Howard’s remarks demonstrated his strong, personal commitment to diversity within the entertainment industry, which also has been an ongoing historical mission of Screen Actors Guild.

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Tue, 09/29/2009 - 17:08

Month to Feature Special Events, Release of Diversity Casting Reports

Los Angeles (September 29, 2009)
— Screen Actors Guild announced today that it has declared October “Diversity Awareness Month.” For decades, SAG has been a leader in advocating diverse hiring of underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, seniors, LGBT actors and performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry.

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Fri, 09/25/2009 - 15:14

Los Angeles - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) today released the following statement:

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Thu, 09/24/2009 - 15:32

Guild Also Announces Results of National Board Elections

Los Angeles (September 24, 2009)
—Screen Actors Guild today announced results of elections for its top two elected positions. Ken Howard will serve as Screen Actors Guild president and Amy Aquino will serve as secretary-treasurer. Both will serve two-year terms beginning September 25.

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Fri, 09/18/2009 - 15:14

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2009)—The following is a statement from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) on the airing of the last episode of the AFTRA-covered daytime drama "Guiding Light" today.

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Thu, 09/17/2009 - 15:10

PITTSBURGH (Sept. 17, 2009)—The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) released the following statement today after the AFL-CIO announced that its Executive Council had approved the re-affiliation of UNITE HERE:

"Today, the family of labor has grown by more than 250,000 brothers and sisters as the AFL-CIO warmly welcomed back UNITE HERE on the concluding day of the 2009 AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Pittsburgh.

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Wed, 09/16/2009 - 15:12

Reardon Congratulates New AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka

PITTSBURGH (Sept. 16, 2009)—Roberta Reardon, National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), released this statement today following her nomination and election as an AFL-CIO Vice President and to a seat on its Executive Council and the election of Richard L. Trumka as president of the AFL-CIO:

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Wed, 09/16/2009 - 15:03

AFL-CIO Convention Delegates Pass Resolution 18 Endorsing the
I AM PWD Campaign of AEA, AFTRA and SAG

Pittsburgh (September 16, 2009)
– I AM PWD — the Inclusion in the Arts and Media for People with Disabilities campaign of Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild — was today endorsed by the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention delegates through Convention Resolution 18, entitled “Unions Should Give People with Disabilities a Voice and a Face.”

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Mon, 09/14/2009 - 16:45

46th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Mon, 08/31/2009 - 17:33

LOS ANGELES (August 31, 2009)—Roberta Reardon, National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, issued this statement today commending a decision by the United States Army to cease its plans to vet journalists covering the military’s operations in Afghanistan:

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Mon, 08/31/2009 - 17:26

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 31, 2009)—Roberta Reardon, National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, issued this statement today following a CBS News report that AFTRA New York member and CBS Correspondent Cami McCormick has been injured by a roadside bomb while on assignment in Afghanistan:

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Wed, 08/26/2009 - 18:15

Los Angeles (August 26, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild announced today that members have approved a two-year successor contract to its Basic Cable Live Action agreement by a vote of 93.71% percent to 6.29% percent. The agreement is effective retroactive to June 10, 2009 and will expire concurrently with the Guild's Theatrical Motion Picture and Television agreements on June 30, 2011.

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Wed, 08/26/2009 - 17:35

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 26, 2009) --- The International Federation of Journalists and United States journalists' groups today condemned military vetting of journalists covering the Afghanistan conflict to see if they are sympathetic to the American cause. Journalists and media people seeking to travel under the protection of U.S. armed forces to report on the escalating military operations in Afghanistan may be screened by a Washington public relations firm commissioned by the Pentagon to determine whether media coverage portrays the U.S. military in a positive light.

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Wed, 08/26/2009 - 17:29

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 26, 2009) --- The following is a statement by AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy:

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Tue, 08/18/2009 - 16:46

Los Angeles (August 18, 2009) -- Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) today reached agreement on the terms of new, two-year contracts covering Screen Actors Guild members working in Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation.

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Thu, 08/13/2009 - 17:32

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 13, 2009) --- The following is a statement from AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon regarding the last taping of the longest running daytime drama, “Guiding Light,” which took place Tuesday, Aug. 11.

“After 72 years of entertaining America, ‘Guiding Light’ is bowing with the grace and dignity that has carried the show through seven decades, providing thousands of jobs for our members over that time, as well as members of our sister unions.

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 15:22

Los Angeles (August 12, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement:

We are pleased by the decision of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, its Chair-CEO John Shaffner, CBS and show executive producer Don Mischer to continue the Emmys’ practice of providing full recognition to the nominees and recipients within the live telecast.

We look forward to this year’s show.

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