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Sun, 01/25/2009 - 08:57

Los Angeles and New York (January 25, 2009)—The National Boards of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have worked with the AFL-CIO to establish a framework in which the two unions will negotiate the AFTRA Television and Radio Recorded Commercials Contracts and the SAG Television Commercials Contract under the rules of an expanded Phase One Agreement.

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Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:19

Screen Actors Guild has taken no action to suspend the national board of directors’ October 19 resolution regarding the strike authorization referendum.

National Executive Director Doug Allen has proposed to the national board that the strike authorization referendum be suspended and that management's offer be put to the membership in a ratification vote after meeting with the AMPTP to determine to what extent, if any, they are willing to improve their last offer, to maximize its chances for ratification.  

Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:29

Los Angeles (January 16, 2009) -- Screen Actors Guild today announced that in light of the over 800 productions signed to Guaranteed Completion Contracts, SAG’s National Board of Directors has determined that the GCCs have served their purpose and has decided to discontinue offering GCCs.

Screen Actors Guild will continue signing independent productions to the terms of the 2005 Codified Basic Agreement for Independent Producers.

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Thu, 01/15/2009 - 19:04

Los Angeles (January 15, 2009) -- Screen Actors Guild today released the following message for distributors and Screen Actors Guild signatories in response to press reports that studio-affiliated distributors have raised concerns about their potential obligations as distributors of motion pictures produced under Guaranteed Completion Contracts in the event of a SAG work stoppage.

SAG’s message to distributors was mailed today from the office of SAG National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen. The message follows:

“January 15, 2009

Thu, 01/15/2009 - 18:18

Screen Actors Guild acknowledges the passing of Ricardo Montalbán, who died January 14 at 88. Montalbán was a dedicated Screen Actors Guild member who served on the National Board (1960-71; third vice president, 1965-68 and 1969-71) and Guild committees. As a founder of Nosotros, he was an early activist for realistic portrayals of Latin characters on screen, which dovetailed with SAG’s own evolving diversity efforts. He was awarded the 1993 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for his work both on and off camera. 


Wed, 01/14/2009 - 15:46

It has come to the Guild's attention that some distributors of Guild-covered projects have expressed concerns about risks associated with distributing projects covered by GCAs in the event of a Guild work stoppage. As you know, one of the benefits of being signatory to a Guild GCA is the assurance that any work stoppage would not affect the continued production of the picture.

Fri, 01/02/2009 - 20:48

The following message is the second in a series of responses to members questions at recent Town Hall meetings and sent to us via email. Please watch for additional messages over the coming weeks.

Know the Facts!
How can we be asked to authorize the National board to call a TV/Theatrical strike in this time of economic crisis?

Tue, 12/30/2008 - 09:54

In observance of New Year’s Day, SAG offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1st and Friday, January 2nd.  Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 5th.

Please note that SAG offices will be closed early on Wednesday, December 31st as follows:

National Headquarters - 12:30 p.m. (PST)

New York Office - 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Regional Branch Offices* - 12:30 p.m. (PST, CST, EST)

*Joint SAG/AFTRA Office schedules may differ.

Sun, 12/14/2008 - 09:30

LOS ANGELES, December 14, 2008 — Screen Actors Guild today released the following statement in response to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producer's (AMPTPs) ad scheduled for tomorrow.

“There they go again.  The  AMPTP’s ad is great fiction, with convoluted bullet points and confused messages -- and, it’s completely wrong.

Here’s the truth:

Sun, 12/14/2008 - 09:30

15th Annual SAG Awards® Ceremonies to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 on TNT and TBS at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT

Stunt announcements will be streamed live at 5:50 am PT/8:50 am ET on TNT.TV &
Wed, 12/10/2008 - 09:17

LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 10, 2008 -- Screen Actors Guild today announced that strike authorization ballots will be mailed to paid-up SAG members on Friday January 2, 2009, and will be tabulated on Friday, January 23. A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary.

Sun, 12/07/2008 - 12:44

Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,

We know many of you plan to attend the informational Hollywood Division Town Hall Meeting at Harmony Gold Theater on December 8, 2008 at 7 p.m. While we tried to secure a larger  venue, seasonal parties, award consideration screenings, and our policy to use only union facilities, limited our options.

We will admit the first 450 members who have paid up SAG membership cards to the town hall. We are currently looking for an appropriate venue so that we can hold another town hall for Hollywood Division members very soon.

Sat, 11/22/2008 - 09:14

Screen Actors Guild – AMPTP Mediation Fails

SAG Seeks Strike Authorization

Los Angeles (Nov. 22, 2008) -- Screen Actors Guild today issued the following statement in response to the failure of federal mediation:

“Our leadership was optimistic that federal mediation would help to move our negotiations forward, but despite the Guild’s extraordinary efforts to reach agreement, the mediation was adjourned shortly before 1:00 a.m. today.

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.