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Wed, 08/26/2009 - 16:35

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 - 16:29

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 - 15:46

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 - 16:32

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 - 14:22

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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Mon, 08/10/2009 - 16:36

Los Angeles (August 10, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild today released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national officer and national board elections. National president and national secretary-treasurer positions are up for election, both of which carry two-year terms. Approximately 1/3 of the total 69 national board seats are open for election this year.

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Mon, 08/10/2009 - 16:34

Radio Stations Threatening Performers, Refusing to Run Ads and Misleading the Public

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Sun, 08/09/2009 - 16:24

Delegates Approve Initiation Fee Increase to Fund Organizing

CHICAGO (Aug. 9, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists concluded its biennial National Convention on Saturday, August 8 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago with a wide range of actions including the re-election of Roberta Reardon as National President and approval of an increase in the initiation fee to join AFTRA.

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Fri, 08/07/2009 - 16:27

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2009) – Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) today honored the long-running daytime drama “As The World Turns,” the reality talent competition show “Randy Jackson presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” Sony Pictures Television’s new series “HawthoRNe” and seven other recipients with the AFTRA 2009 American Scene Awards®, recognizing excellence in programming that portrays diversity in a positive and realistic light.

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Fri, 08/07/2009 - 06:28

SAG Interim National Executive Director David White sent the following letter to Academy of Arts and Sciences Chair John Shaffner:

August 6, 2009


John Shaffner
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences

5220 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA  91601

Dear John:

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 16:52

Los Angeles (July 25, 2009) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today opposed by a vote of 51.74 percent to 48.26 percent the closure of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Long Term Care Facility.

The Board received presentations from representatives of the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) and the Resident-family coalition Saving the Lives of Our Own.

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 16:51

Los Angeles (August 5, 2009)—Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Houston Branch elections.

Candidates elected from the Houston Branch include:

Kit Gwin - Secretary/Treasurer - two-year term
Bob Boudreaux - Member at Large - two-year term
Bonnie Gallup - Member at Large - two-year term
J “Sonny” Opiela - Member at Large - two-year term
Pamela Denise Weaver - Member at Large - two-year term

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 16:46

Los Angeles (August 5, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Nevada Branch elections.

Candidates elected from the Nevada Branch include:

Charles Di Pinto
- Council Member at Large - two-year term
Scott Mirne - Council Member at Large - two-year term
Arttours Weeden - Council Member at Large  -  two-year term

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 16:44

Los Angeles (August 5, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch elections.

Candidates elected from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch include:

Suzanne Burkhead - Vice President - two-year term
Brian Dakota - Member at Large - two-year term
Ada Lynn - Member at Large - two-year term
Marco Perella - Member at Large - two-year term

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 16:30

Board Recommends Initiation Fee Increase and Endorses Richard L. Trumka for AFL-CIO President

CHICAGO (August 5, 2009)—The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) held its two-day plenary meeting prior to the 62nd AFTRA National Convention which starts on Thursday.

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Thu, 07/30/2009 - 15:49

Los Angeles  (July 30, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today announced results for the Colorado Branch elections.

*Candidates elected from the Colorado Branch include:

David Hartley-Margolin - National Board Member - three-year term
John Singer - President - three-year term
William A. McLain - Vice President - three-year term
Nancy Flanagan - Recording Secretary/Treasurer - three-year term
Denis Berkfeldt - Council Member at Large - three-year term

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Sat, 07/25/2009 - 22:53

Los Angeles, CA (July 25, 2009) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted an overwhelming 95 percent to 5 percent to recommend a successor agreement to the 2006 Basic Cable Live Action Agreement, which covers dramatic television motion pictures, excluding animated television motion pictures, produced for initial exhibition on a basic cable service.


The tentative agreement, which would expire concurrently with the TV/Theatrical agreement on June 30, 2011, includes:


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Thu, 07/23/2009 - 16:25

Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2009)---The I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities) national disability rights campaign – a civil rights initiative jointly created by members of Actors Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild – announced today that it was honored to present the keynote address at the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on July 22-

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Tue, 07/21/2009 - 09:31

Los Angeles  (July 21, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Portland Branch elections.

*Candidates elected from the Portland Branch include:

Mary McDonald-Lewis
- National Board Member - three-year term
Robert Blanche - President - three-year term
Chrisse Roccaro - Vice President - three-year term
Wendy Martel - Secretary-Treasurer - three-year term
Karen Moulder - Council Member at Large - three-year term

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Tue, 07/21/2009 - 09:19

Los Angeles (July 21, 2009) - Screen Actors Guild today announced election results for the Utah Branch elections.

Candidates elected from the Utah Branch include:

Anne Sward - President - two-year term
Paul Mulder - Vice President - two-year term
Kathy Jarvis - Secretary - two-year term
Tracy Scott - Treasurer - two-year term
Cheryl Gaysunas - Council Member at Large - two-year term
Joyce Cohen - 1st Alternate Council Member - one-year term

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Fri, 07/17/2009 - 14:13

Los Angeles (July 17, 2009) - SAG President Alan Rosenberg issued the following statement on July 17, 2009:

As we all know, the current path of American health care is unsustainable. Health care costs are out of control for even those with insurance, and most workers without coverage can’t afford the skyrocketing rates for even the barest minimal coverage. 

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Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:44

Los Angeles (July 15, 2009) -- The 18th Annual Union Plus Scholarship Awards have been announced and two Screen Actors Guild family members are among the recipients:

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Wed, 07/01/2009 - 16:06

Los Angeles (July 1, 2009)—Screen Actors Guild joins the world in mourning renowned actor Karl Malden, who died today. He was 97.

“Karl was an actor’s actor, the embodiment of professionalism, which included National Board service to this union,” said SAG National President Alan Rosenberg. “We will remember the many indelible characters he created, and his screen legacy will continue to move us, educate us and enrich our lives.”

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Thu, 06/25/2009 - 18:29

Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild released the following statement on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson: Already saddened by the recent passing of the wise and witty Ed McMahon, Screen Actors Guild members are today mourning the deaths of television legend Farrah Fawcett and entertainment icon Michael Jackson.

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Thu, 06/25/2009 - 13:42

SAG, AFTRA & EQUITY PRESENT 2009 IVY BETHUNE TRI-UNION DIVERSITY AWARDS
TO GEORGE TAKEI, CHERYL BURKE, CHARLIE HILL AND DR. VICTORIA ANN LEWIS
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EVENT: Monday, June 29, 2009 – East West Players Theater in Downtown Los Angeles

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