Press Releases

Press Releases
Wed, 10/28/2009 - 17:44

Study Shows Television Audiences Would Grow with More English-Language Programming Dubbed by Spanish-Speaking Actors

Los Angeles (October 28, 2009) - More Hispanics would watch English-language programming dubbed into Spanish if more were available and easier to find, according to the 2009 Hispanic Consumer Survey on SAP commissioned by Screen Actors Guild, which reveals the viewing habits of Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States and the use of Secondary Audio Programming (SAP).

According to the survey results:

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:49

Los Angeles - The Hollywood Disabilities Forum, held on October 24 at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, served as a high-visibility reminder that people with disabilities are a significant part of our society – as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population by some estimates – yet people with disabilities remain “virtually invisible” in media portrayals on screen and stage.

Sat, 10/24/2009 - 09:29

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (October 24, 2009)—The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a national union of more than more 70,000 performers, journalists, broadcasters, recording artists and other talent working in the entertainment and news media, met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York.

Wed, 10/21/2009 - 12:55

Screen Actors Guild, Assistant Majority Leader Krekorian and Deputy L.A. City Attorney Mark Lambert Announce Passage of Consumer Protection Legislation

Los Angeles (October 21, 2009)
- Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank), flanked by children, their families, Screen Actors Guild executives, law enforcement and others, announced the passage of legislation to protect young actors from scams that could save families millions of dollars.

Sun, 10/18/2009 - 14:37

Los Angeles (October 18, 2009) -- Screen Actors Guild announced today that its National Board of Directors appointed David P. White as National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator. White has been serving as the Guild's Interim National Executive Director since January of this year.

The board approved a two-year contract, by a vote of 70.91% to 29.09% at its national board meeting in Los Angeles this weekend.

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 17:02

Los Angeles (October 15, 2009)-Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced today that the AFTRA Administrative Committee and Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors have approved an 18-month extension to the SAG Industrial and Educational Contract and AFTRA Code of Fair Practice for Non Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Recorded Material. The contracts, which were set to expire on Oct. 29, 2009, will now be effective Nov. 1, 2009, to April 30, 2011.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.