Press Releases

Press Releases
Sun, 10/23/2005 - 07:19

Los Angeles (October 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg today announced that National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger will be leaving his position, effective immediately, and that Peter Frank, currently the Guild’s chief financial officer, has been named interim national executive director. Rosenberg also announced the creation of a committee of the national board to conduct a search for a permanent replacement.

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Wed, 10/12/2005 - 07:56

Los Angeles (October 12, 2005) -- As the representatives for the creative community we embrace new technologies that expand distribution of material featuring the work of our members. The announcement today unveiling the Apple iPod represents the latest chapter in the ongoing technological evolution of our industry. We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members,but we look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work.

Wed, 10/05/2005 - 14:05

Despite Incremental Increase in Theatrical Production, Union Roles on Television Drop;
Episodic Television Takes Sharpest Fall

LOS ANGELES (October 5, 2005) – For the second year in a row, theatrical and television employment statistics point to a continuing overall loss of roles for performers, especially in the field of primetime television, according to the latest casting data released today by Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

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Fri, 09/30/2005 - 14:58

Los Angeles (September 30, 2005) – Following heavy lobbying by Screen Actors Guild, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed into state law legislation that will create stricter penalties for photographers who physically invade the privacy of those they are attempting to photograph or who commit assault in the pursuit of photographs.

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Thu, 09/29/2005 - 07:20

Hessinger Appoints Rebecca Rhine and John Russum to Key Organizing, Agency Relations and Strategic Planning Positions

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Fri, 09/23/2005 - 13:04

Guild Announces Alan Rosenberg Elected New Guild President, Connie Stevens as New Secretary-Treasurer

Los Angeles (September 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced election results for the Guild’s National Board of Directors. Twenty-four of the 69 national board seats were contested in this election, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. The vote tallies for each candidate are available at

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Thu, 09/22/2005 - 23:00
National Membership Elects Connie Stevens as Secretary-Treasurer; 24 National Board Seats Also Filled Read More
Thu, 09/15/2005 - 12:25

Actor® Nominations Will Be Announced Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles
12th Annual SAG Awards™ to Air on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006

Los Angeles, California – The deadline for consideration for nomination for this year’s coveted Actor® statuettes is fast approaching. Submission forms for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® must be filed by Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

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Mon, 09/12/2005 - 09:13

42nd Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

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Mon, 09/12/2005 - 02:15

42nd Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

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Wed, 09/07/2005 - 07:38

(Burbank, CA, September 7, 2005) – AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union, America’s largest credit union exclusively serving the professional performer community, is reaching out to help members and others living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Wed, 09/07/2005 - 07:28

New Toll Free Number Offers Help to Working Families - - 877-AFL-CIO9

(Gulf Coast, September 7) - - Victims of Hurricane Katrina can learn about jobs, get instant access to computers, benefit from their unions' health and welfare services and find basic relief at three new workers' centers which are being established today in Houston, Texas; Mobile, Alabama and Pearl, Mississippi.

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Wed, 09/07/2005 - 04:58

Los Angeles (September 7, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced it is urging all of its professional actors to support members of the Canadian Media Guild, who have been locked out by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for almost four weeks. Management’s lockout of more than 5,000 media workers began on August 15 after the break off of talks between the union and employers. The Guild is making its announcement on the eve of the start of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Fri, 09/02/2005 - 09:59

Event Location and Time:

Time: 10 a.m.
Date: September 10, 2005
Place: SAG Members will gather under the SAG banner in front of the SAG offices at: 360 Madison Avenue
(entrance on 45th Street) New York, New York 10017
American Red Cross Katrina Relief Donation Sites Offered Along Parade Route

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Thu, 09/01/2005 - 13:23

LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2005) --- In response to Screen Actors Guild members looking to support those devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Guild—with help from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Actors’ Fund of America and the Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund—today announced it has taken steps to provide immediate assistance for union members in need.

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Tue, 08/30/2005 - 06:38

Los Angeles (August 30, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild announced today that emergency financial assistance is available to Guild members affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Guild's Miami office will help disburse money -- per standard requirements -- from the Motion Pictures Players Welfare Fund, an assistance program designed to help performers in need. Screen Actors Guild members impacted by the storm can also call The Actors' Fund of America, which will provide both emergency financial assistance and ongoing case management.

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Wed, 08/24/2005 - 14:19

Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild announced today it has mailed out national election ballots to its members. All ballots must be returned to the assigned post office box by 6:30 a.m. (PDT) September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.

Members who do not receive a ballot or wish to request a replacement ballot may call Screen Actors Guild’s Membership Department at (323) 549-6778.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 12:11

Greenlight Oregon Will Help to Create Family Wage Jobs

Portland, Ore. (August 24, 2005) – Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Monday at a sound stage in Portland that creates the Greenlight Oregon program, which will strengthen Oregon's film and video industry and create family wage jobs by offering an incentive to production companies to shoot films, television shows and commercials here. Film and television stars Ed Asner, representing the Guild, and David Ogden Stiers, were on-hand for the signing, as was SAG Oregon national board member Mary McDonald-Lewis.

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Tue, 08/23/2005 - 23:03

Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) --- Thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who worked in California may be entitled to monies stemming from the “Greenberg Class Action” lawsuit that seeks damages from a number of payroll houses, studios, and production companies for alleged violations of certain provisions of the California Labor Code. The Guild, which is not involved in the lawsuit, has established a hotline recording to help answer questions that members may have in their effort to recoup possible damages.

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Tue, 08/23/2005 - 11:03

Los Angeles (August 23, 2005) ---Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert today issued the following statement upon learning of the death of 1990 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient Brock Peters:

“On behalf of the 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild, our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to the family of Brock Peters. His remarkable body of acting work and dedication as a civil rights activist will never be forgotten.”

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Mon, 08/22/2005 - 13:13

Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) – In a major victory for working actors in New York state, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it has successfully persuaded New York Gov. George Pataki to veto legislation that would have significantly altered the rules under which talent managers must operate. The proposed bill would have expanded the powers of New York state talent managers by allowing them to secure work for actors—without the same controls or regulations that currently govern agents.

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Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:11

Study Reveals Significant Economic Benefits Entertainment Industry has on California Economy

Los Angeles (August 22, 2005) --- The California Film Commission today released a comprehensive study conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), which details runaway production’s negative impact on California’s state revenue. Along with such groups as the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Teamsters Local 399, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contributed funding to the report.

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Fri, 08/19/2005 - 14:22

New York (August 19, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that it is advising its members to no longer purchase or carry police costumes in the New York City area – even to jobs that require the use of such costumes. The new guidance comes as the result of an apparent shift in City policy that puts professional actors at risk of arrest if found to be carrying police costumes.

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Fri, 08/19/2005 - 14:21


*All candidates ran unopposed.

National Board Member:
Will Lyman (Three-year term)

Bill Mootos (Three-year term)

1st Vice President:
Karen Woodward Massey (Three-year term)

2nd Vice President:
Michele Proude (Three-year term)

Ellen Colton (Three-year term)

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Wed, 08/10/2005 - 14:17

There are several upcoming events available to Screen Actors Guild members that are worth checking out. A partial list is available here.

Check your local branch page frequently for more information.

August 11, 2005
Cold Reading Workshop for Young Performers in New York City
Contact the New York Branch for more information

August 17, 2005
VisionFest 2005: Filmmakers Alliance Screenings and Anniversary Celebration

August 24, 2005
Screen Actors Guild Women's Health Forum

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