Press Releases

Press Releases
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


EVENT: Monday, June 29, 2009 – East West Players Theater in Downtown Los Angeles

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Tue, 06/23/2009 - 14:11

LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild today announced that longtime SAG members  George Coe and Sumi Haru have been selected to receive the Hollywood Division’s prestigious Ralph Morgan Award. Coe has served on the Guild’s National Board of Directors for eight of the last nine years, as well as from 1967 to 1973. He is a member of SAG’s National Executive Committee and National Agents Relations Committee. Haru has been a SAG National Board Member since 1975, serving as national vice president, national recording secretary and, in 1995, as acting president.

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Tue, 06/16/2009 - 16:57


Screen Actors Guild to Host African American Caucus

African American Images in Hollywood:
How Did We Get Here? Are We Far Enough?
Event: Thursday, June 18, 7-9 p.m. -- James Cagney Boardroom

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Tue, 06/09/2009 - 17:42

Los Angeles, (June 9, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild announced today that members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/Theatrical contracts by a vote of 78 percent to 22 percent.

The two-year successor agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions. The pact becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. June 10, 2009 and expires June 30, 2011.

The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG coverage of new media formats.

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Mon, 06/08/2009 - 11:08

Los Angeles, (June 7, 2009) - The Equal Employment Opportunities Committees of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee of Screen Actors Guild (SAG)  are delighted to announce the 7th annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards, honoring actor and activist George Takei; actor, writer and teacher Dr. Victoria Ann Lewis; dancer Cheryl Burke; and stand-up comedian/storyteller Charlie Hill. The event will be held on June 29, 2009 at 7 p.m.

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Tue, 06/02/2009 - 12:33

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker to Welcome SAG Leaders

Atlanta, GA (June 2, 2009) – The leadership of the Screen Actors Guild Regional Branch Division (RBD) will meet for their annual board meeting June 6-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. The RBD includes 20 Branches spanning from Boston to Hawaii. Nearly 24,000 Screen Actors Guild members who work in film and television live in the regional branches.

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Fri, 05/29/2009 - 17:34

Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Sally Field and Tom Hanks Sign Statement of Support for a
YES Vote on the Tentative TV/Theatrical Agreements

Los Angeles, (May 29, 2009)
- Screen Actors Guild today announced the names of 500 members who are among the first to sign SAG’s new “Statement of Support” in securing ratification of the tentative TV/Theatrical agreements. The signers include Academy Award™ winners George Clooney, Sally Field and Tom Hanks.

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Thu, 05/21/2009 - 16:48

Los Angeles (May 21, 2009) —In nationwide voting completed today, members of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have overwhelmingly approved new three-year successor agreements to the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Television Commercials Contract and the2006 AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts .

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Mon, 05/18/2009 - 13:53

Members Encourage Solidarity on Tentative TV/Theatrical Agreement, Ballots Mail Tuesday

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Fri, 05/15/2009 - 12:21


Actors Volunteer to Stuff Thousands of USO Care Packages
for U.S. Service Men and Women Overseas

SAG Members Join Forces with Hundreds of
Northrop Grumman Employees on Aircraft Assembly Line
Event: Saturday, May 16 -- Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

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Wed, 05/13/2009 - 16:01

Washington, (May, 14, 2009) - The stars of stage and screen – actors, musicians, Broadway performers, comedians, writers and crew – are coming out in support of the Employee Free Choice Act through a new online video called “Artists4WorkersChoice.”  Many have Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards and nominations, and they have one thing in common – they’re all union members, and they all share the experience of working every day for a living, struggling to find jobs and pay the bills.

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Tue, 05/05/2009 - 11:57

Musical Gala United Singers and the Composing Community

May 5, 2009 (Los Angeles)
--- The Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Singers Committee paid tribute to award-winning “Hairspray” composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman on Monday night at the Writers Guild Theater. SAG’s “Meet the Composer II” event celebrated the achievements of Oscar-nominated, and Emmy and Tony Award-winning Shaiman, as well as the contributions of the SAG singers’ community to the art of film and television.

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Thu, 04/30/2009 - 14:13

Screen Actors Guild Honors Members Featured in SAG Films at the
25th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

SAG to Announce New Report on the
Asian Pacific Islander Market and the Entertainment Industry

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Mon, 04/27/2009 - 17:23

Los Angeles, (April 27, 2009) –Screen Actors Guild members were at the forefront of Saturday’s community picket that defended the rights of carwash workers.

Boycott at the Vermont Hand Wash in the Los Feliz community

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Thu, 04/23/2009 - 17:22


Actor Esai Morales and Other Screen Actors Guild Members to
Picket Vermont Hand Wash on Saturday

Boycott Part of Ongoing Protest Against Deplorable Working Conditions at Four Area Carwashes
Event:  Saturday, April 25, 12-2 p.m. – Vermont Hand Wash

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