Press Releases

Press Releases
Fri, 04/27/2007 - 08:19

Los Angeles (April 27, 2007)—“Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of industry leader, Jack Valenti. The consummate champion for creative rights, Jack fought on our behalf for decades. Whether the issue was piracy, first amendment rights or FCC fines, Jack Valenti was the voice heard throughout the world, and someone we could always count on to stand with Screen Actors Guild. I am proud to have known him.

Each member of Screen Actors Guild owes a debt of gratitude to Jack Valenti, and we offer our heartfelt sympathy to the Valenti family.”

Thu, 04/12/2007 - 03:15

Los Angeles (April 12, 2007)—Screen Actors Guild today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Bennett as deputy general counsel based in SAG’s New York office, effective May 1, 2007. Bennett currently serves as counsel at SAG’s national headquarters in Los Angeles. In his new position, he will report to SAG General Counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and will be responsible for managing the operations of the Guild’s New York-based legal staff, as well as oversight of all legal affairs and strategy in the eastern U.S.

Wed, 04/04/2007 - 11:31

Updated April 2007 SAG Constitution and By-Laws.

The Constitution was amended on April 22, 2007 by the SAG National Board of Directors to: 1) establish a system for the appointment of delegates to serve at the Electoral Convention of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (“4As”), 2) change the quorum requirement for the conduct of business at National Board meetings and 3) allow each Division the autonomy to appoint its own member representatives to national committees.

Fri, 03/30/2007 - 08:38

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2007) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that longtime SAG member Scott Wilson has been selected to receive the Hollywood Division’s prestigious Ralph Morgan Award. Wilson has been a Screen Actors Guild member for more than 40 years and has generously given of his time and expertise in service to the Guild’s membership and all actors.

Thu, 03/15/2007 - 16:18

First Meeting of Hollywood Division held February 20, 2007
First Meeting of New York Division scheduled for April 11, 2007

Los Angeles (March 15, 2007)—Screen Actors Guild has formed a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Actors Caucus to provide support to LGBT actors and to educate the SAG membership, industry and public on LGBT actors’ issues, as well as to work towards ending discrimination against LGBT actors in the workplace.

Fri, 02/16/2007 - 07:23

Los Angeles (February 16, 2007)— Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen announced today that Ray W. Rodriguez has accepted the position of Deputy National Executive Director of Contracts, effective February 19, 2007. Rodriguez has been SAG’s deputy general counsel since March of 2004. In his new position, Rodriguez will report directly to Allen and will oversee the Guild’s contract departments, which includes the responsibility for negotiation and enforcement of all collective bargaining agreements.

Thu, 02/15/2007 - 21:03

Los Angeles (February 16, 2007)—The following is a statement from the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) in response to today’s announcement by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council President Pro Tempore Wendy Greuel, and City Council Member Jan Perry on the findings of a City/County-commissioned study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Thu, 02/15/2007 - 04:39

Los Angeles and New York (February 15, 2007)--The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) applaud Chairman George Miller and the House Education and Labor Committee for their support of the Employee Free Choice Act (HR-800), which aims to enable workers, including writers and other creative artists, to bargain for improved wages, benefits, and working conditions by giving workers the freedom to choose whether to join a union without employer interference.

Wed, 02/14/2007 - 21:02

Los Angeles (February 15, 2007)—In a national vote completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a dues and initiation fee increase. The membership voted 68 percent to 32 percent in favor of the proposed structure. Twenty-seven percent of the approximately 114,000 paid-up SAG members who received ballots voted. The final vote was certified this afternoon by Integrity Voting Systems in Everett, Washington.

Tue, 02/13/2007 - 15:19

The Guild’s free, searchable online casting directory is open for resume submissions and will launch to the industry in spring 2007.

Los Angeles (February 13, 2007)--Screen Actors Guild today announced the member launch of iActor, its free online casting directory. All active, paid-up Guild members can now upload their headshots, resumes, video clips and audio clips to create individual iActor profiles that will be searchable by casting professionals when the site launches to the industry this spring.

Tue, 02/13/2007 - 12:15

When Screen Actors Guild’s revolutionary online casting directory iActor rolls out to casting directors and industry professionals, will you be there?

Unlike other online casting services, iActor features exclusively SAG members…making it the only site casting directors need to find professional actors.

You can display your résumé, headshots, audio clips and video reels. You can even email a copy of your résumé to anyone.

Best of all, it’s free!

Fri, 02/09/2007 - 07:30

Ed Asner, Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Barry Gordon, Richard Masur, Kathleen Nolan, William Schallert and Alan Rosenberg will spearhead plans for the 75th anniversary events.

Los Angeles (February 9, 2007)— Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg today announced the formation of the Guild’s 75th Anniversary Task Force. The Guild will celebrate the anniversary in 2008, and plans are underway for several nationwide events.

Fri, 02/09/2007 - 04:15

(February 9, 2007)—The following is a statement from Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in response to today’s ruling by the Department of the Treasury (Internal Revenue Service) that participations and residual payments must be considered “production costs” for the purpose of calculating the $15 million production limit stipulated in the federal production incentive (Section 181) contained in the American JOBS Creation Act of 2004.

Fri, 02/02/2007 - 13:47

WGA Strike Location Information for
Thursday, February 7

Los Angeles

Guild-Wide Picket at Walt Disney Studios

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Parking options: residential streets around lot
Staff contacts: Deborah Wonder, Candice Vega, Danielle Van Lier

WGA Strike Location Information for
Friday, February 8

New York

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Time Warner Center
(Columbus Circle)

REMINDER:

Thu, 02/01/2007 - 08:40

Los Angeles (February 1, 2007)—Screen Actors Guild today announced that Pamela Greenwalt has been named communications executive director, effective February 26, 2007. Greenwalt comes to the Guild from ULLICO Inc. in Washington D.C. where she was vice president, corporate marketing communications.

Greenwalt will be based at the Guild’s Los Angeles national headquarters and will report to Pamm Fair, deputy national executive director.

Mon, 01/15/2007 - 11:23

Ballots to be Returned No Later Than February 15, 2007

Los Angeles (January 16, 2007)-Ballots and referendum information regarding the proposed new dues structure and important changes to the Screen Actors Guild Constitution and By-Laws were mailed today to all eligible voting members of the Guild. Returned ballots must be received by U.S. mail at the assigned P.O. Box in Everett, Washington no later than 5 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, February 15, 2007. A simple majority of those who vote in favor is required for the referendum to pass.

Wed, 01/10/2007 - 07:29

Hats! A Musical Celebration is a Non-Equity Production

(January 10, 2007)---Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists and American Guild of Variety Artists members are advised that Actors' Equity Association does NOT have a contract for Hats! A Musical Celebration , performing at Harrah's in New Orleans, Louisiana.

SAG, AEA, AFTRA, AGMA, and AGVA members may NOT accept employment in this production without an Equity contract.

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