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Mon, 11/10/2008 - 17:00

Screen Actors Guild Announces the Howard Keel Award Selectees

Los Angeles, CA (November 10, 2008) -
The Regional Branch Division (RBD) of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) established the Howard Keel Award to honor RBD members who have made significant contributions to the welfare and benefit of professional actors in their Branch and reaffirmed the status of the SAG RBD as part of a national union.

Tue, 10/28/2008 - 16:54

Los Angeles, (October 28, 2008) - Screen Actors Guild National LGBT and Hollywood Legislative committees voted to oppose California ballot Proposition 8.  Committee members took the action supporting the constitutional rights of same-sex couples to wed in the state of California as part of the Guild’s ongoing anti-discrimination efforts.

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 21:07

Los Angeles, (October 24, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen and Deputy National Executive Director for Contracts Ray Rodriguez met with Juan Carlos Gonzalez this afternoon at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles to discuss Screen Actors Guild’s  request for mediation and the possibilities regarding the resumption of negotiations.  It is our understanding that Mr. Gonzalez is going to meet with AMPTP representatives next Thursday.

Mon, 10/20/2008 - 17:05

Los Angeles (October 20, 2008)—The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, October 18, approved a proposed agreement outlining conditions to permit joint bargaining with AFTRA for the Commercials Contracts under the terms of the Phase 1 agreement.

Sun, 10/19/2008 - 14:11

Los Angeles (October 19, 2008) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today passed the following resolution at its quarterly plenary in Los Angeles:

“In hopes of moving the Theatrical and TV negotiations forward, the national board hereby takes the following actions:

SAG will formally request a federal mediator be brought into the negotiations.

Fri, 10/17/2008 - 18:04

Los Angeles (October, 17, 2008) - Screen Actors Guild announced the results of the division elections for the union's three national vice presidents. At meetings held on October 6, the Hollywood Division Board elected Anne-Marie Johnson as 1st national vice-president; and the New York Division Board re-elected New York Division President Sam Freed, as 2nd national vice president. At its meeting today, the Regional Branch Division Board elected David Hartley-Margolin as 3rd national vice president.

Fri, 10/03/2008 - 13:45

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 3, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement regarding the passage of the federal incentive package:

“Screen Actors Guild applauds the passage of this important jobs incentive.  We believe there is no better time than now to support American workers and American jobs.”

Pamm Fair, Deputy National Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild

Pamela Greenwalt
Screen Actors Guild
(323) 440-2892


Fri, 10/03/2008 - 10:43

Simultaneous 3-city news conference to announce the I AM PWD campaign — a global effort of Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association to promote media access, inclusion and equal employment opportunities for actors, broadcasters and sound recording artists with disabilities. Working with allies in the non-profit civil rights and advocacy community and the labor movement, the I AM PWD campaign will educate the public, encourage the industry and inspire and advocate for universal media access for people with disabilities.

Wed, 10/01/2008 - 18:31


Los Angeles, CA (October 1, 2008) – The National TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee of Screen Actors Guild today passed the following advisory motion to the National Board:

“Whereas, Screen Actors Guild has been and remains willing and able to continue formal and continuous negotiations with the AMPTP and the employers, with the intention of reaching a mutually-acceptable deal; and

Sat, 09/27/2008 - 16:16
Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg released the following statement on the passing of Paul Newman: “Paul Newman was a vibrant and dynamic person -- an actor of extraordinary talent and a philanthropist of intense commitment. His passing is a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry, his fans around the world and to the art of acting.
Thu, 09/25/2008 - 12:01




All paid-up SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and AFTRA members in good standing with their Unions are urged to attend these important Membership Educational Meetings.

Wed, 09/17/2008 - 15:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAG MEMBERS SUPPORT NEGOTIATING TEAM 87.27% SAY NO WAY TO THE AMPTP’S JUNE 30 OFFER Los Angeles, September 17, 2008 - The Screen Actors Guild National Negotiating Committee met today and was given the results of the SAG mail-in poll by National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, Doug Allen. 87.27% of the10,298 SAG members who responded to the poll said the union should continue bargaining in an effort to achieve a fair contract. 12.73% of those who responded said they would accept the terms presented in the AMPTP’s June 30th offer to SAG.
Wed, 09/17/2008 - 10:40
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles (September 17, 2008) --- Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) released the following statement of support for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) in its bargaining with representatives from the Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA) and the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA):
Tue, 09/02/2008 - 15:42
Alan Rosenberg Statement on the Passing of Don LaFontaine Los Angeles, Sept. 2, 2008 — Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement from President Alan Rosenberg on the passing of Don LaFontaine: “Don was a phenomenal actor and a prodigious and amazing voice talent who could, like the best voice artists, make any material uniquely his own. His contributions on and off “mic” enriched the profession and Screen Actors Guild. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones at this difficult time.”
Fri, 08/29/2008 - 11:51
August 29, 2008 Dear Screen Actors Guild Member: As Labor Day approaches, please take a moment to consider the extraordinary contributions of the founders of our Guild who, 75 years ago, put courage and conviction to the test in creating this union. Standing up to studios has never been easy. For our founders in 1933, it was really tough, but strength, unity and commitment to the goal won out and Screen Actors Guild was incorporated June 30, 1933.
Wed, 08/27/2008 - 14:46


Performers’ Unions and Advertising Industry Agree to Extend

Commercials Contracts for Six Months, through March 31, 2009

New York and Los Angeles (August 27, 2008) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the advertising industry’s ANA/AAAA Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) today jointly announced an agreement to extend, through March 31, 2009, the terms of their Commercials Contracts.

Thu, 08/21/2008 - 16:26

Statement of Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director Doug Allen on the Passing of the Legendary Gene Upshaw

Los Angeles, August 21, 2008 —
The following statement by Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director Doug Allen on the passing of the legendary Gene Upshaw was posted today. Allen was a close personal friend and associate of Upshaw’s working as Assistant Executive Director with the NFL Players Association for more than 2 decades.

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 11:03

Screen Actors Guild Releases Official List of Candidates for National Board Seats

Los Angeles (August 5, 2008)
-- Screen Actors Guild today released the official list of candidates for its upcoming national board elections. Ballots for all eligible SAG members in Hollywood and New York will be mailed on August 19. The ballots will be tabulated on September 18 and the election results are expected to be announced that evening. Approximately 1/3 of the total 69 national board seats are open for election this year.