Press Releases

Press Releases
Fri, 11/20/2009 - 15:20

Los Angeles (November 20, 2009) – Pamm Fair, who joined the Screen Actors Guild staff in 2002 and served as a deputy national executive director, is resigning from the organization effective December 31, 2009. No immediate replacement will be named to her position and Fair remains on staff through the end of the year to transition responsibilities. 

Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said, “On behalf of the Guild, I want to thank Pamm for her contributions and service to SAG members and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 07:41

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists working in the entertainment and news media – announced today that AFTRA members have ratified a new AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement with video game employers. The members of AFTRA's Interactive Media Steering Committee, and the AFTRA National Board of Directors previously recommended the new contract for approval.

Wed, 11/11/2009 - 12:07

(November 11, 2009) Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to five actors who have received one of the highest honors any film performer can achieve: the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.  TCM’s four-film presentation will take place in primetime Friday, Jan. 22, the night before sister networks TNT and TBS present a live simulcast of the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®.

Mon, 11/09/2009 - 16:59

Los Angeles (November 9, 2009) - The AFL-CIO elected Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard to its Executive Council today during its scheduled meeting in Washington D.C. Howard, whose Executive Council term runs until the summer of 2013, fills a seat vacated by former Guild National President Alan Rosenberg, who had served on the Federation’s Council for three years before stepping down. Howard will concentrate on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.

Sun, 11/08/2009 - 07:43

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 8, 2009) --- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) released the following statement today from President Roberta Reardon and National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth on the passing of J. Nicholas Counter, longtime president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP):

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 14:40

We applaud your efforts to expand affordable health care coverage to more Americans and to reform the health insurance industry.  The progress that has been made thus far is the direct result of your hard work and the perseverance of you and your colleagues.  Your collective efforts have brought us closer to real reform than any other major effort of the past 50 years.

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.