Press Releases

Press Releases
Thu, 06/23/2005 - 14:56

Los Angeles (June 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that SAG President Melissa Gilbert and National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger will convene a special meeting of the national board on Wednesday, June 29, to consider the tentative Interactive Media Agreement with video game companies that was rejected this past Tuesday by SAG’s National Executive Committee.

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Wed, 06/22/2005 - 14:54

All paid-up SAG members who work under the Television Animation Agreement are urged to attend this important meeting.

NO STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE WILL BE TAKEN AT THE MEETING. Instead, the SAG National Executive Committee has voted to mail out ballots, if necessary, to those members who work under the contract.

Even though no strike authorization vote will be taken, votes on the pending contract proposals will be taken, and member participation is vital to the future of the Television Animation Contract.

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Tue, 06/21/2005 - 14:52

Los Angeles (June 21, 2005) --- The National Executive Committee of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today voted to formally reject a new Interactive Media contract negotiated with video game companies. SAG’s current three-year Interactive contract expired on May 13, 2005. SAG’s National Executive Committee had been designated by the Guild national board to consider the tentative agreement, which was reached on June 8.

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Wed, 06/08/2005 - 14:50

Performers and Producers Avert Work Stoppage on Eve of Strike Vote Tally; Unions’ Focus Now Moves to Stepped-Up Organizing Efforts

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Tue, 06/07/2005 - 14:48

Los Angeles (April 15, 2005)---Representatives of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and a group of video game publishers have agreed to extend the current interactive agreements to May 13, 2005. Discussions on successor interactive agreements are continuing.

A press blackout remains in effect.

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Tue, 05/24/2005 - 14:46

75 Percent Vote Required by SAG, 66.7 Percent by AFTRA to Trigger Work Stoppage Over Profit-Sharing Issue
Ballots Must Be Received No Later Than June 7

Los Angeles (May 24, 2005) – Referendum materials for a possible work stoppage against video game companies were mailed today to approximately 1,900 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and 1,000 American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) members who have earnings under union contracts governing the video game industry.

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Wed, 05/18/2005 - 14:43

E3 Game ExpoMay 18, 2005

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SAG and AFTRA members hold signs in support of fair and equitable Interactive contracts at the E3 Game Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Actor Michael Bell, the voice behind such best-selling games as Metal Gear Solid 3 and Doom, speaks to the crowd about the value of the professional actor to the gaming industry; nine out of the top ten games of 2004 used union performers.

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Tue, 05/17/2005 - 14:41

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK CITY (May 16, 2005) -- Actors' Equity Association (Actors' Equity), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced an unprecedented joint health care survey of their members nationwide.

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Fri, 05/13/2005 - 14:39

Video Game Producers Fail to Address SAG, AFTRA Demands for Profit-Sharing, Rejecting Even Modest Union Proposals

Los Angeles (May 13, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today that talks with video game producers for new Interactive Media Agreements have broken off, as the final proposal presented by the companies again failed to address the fundamental issue of profit-sharing.

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Wed, 05/11/2005 - 14:37

Solidarity Among Members Strengthens Protections for SAG Performers Worldwide

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Tue, 05/10/2005 - 14:35

LOS ANGELES (May 10, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild is saddened by the loss of Herb Sargent, president of the Writers Guild of America, East. SAG extends its heartfelt sympathy to his family and to his colleagues.

Mon, 05/09/2005 - 14:33

LOS ANGELES (Sunday, May 8, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) joins with the entire labor community in mourning the loss of Miguel Contreras, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Upon the news of his passing, SAG President Melissa Gilbert issued the following statement:

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Fri, 05/06/2005 - 14:21

 

Los Angeles (May 6, 2005) -- All paid-up SAG and AFTRA members who work under the Interactive Media Agreements are urged to attend one of these important contract meetings.

SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating with a group of video game publishers on Interactive Media Agreements. Representatives from the unions and management agreed to extend the current Interactive Media Agreements through May 13, 2005.

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Wed, 04/27/2005 - 13:14

LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2005) – Members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (AFTRA) who work union contracts in the interactive gaming industry held meetings April 25-26 in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations with producers for successor interactive media agreements.

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Fri, 04/22/2005 - 14:17

Deal Provides for Staggered Rate and Benefit Increases

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Tue, 04/19/2005 - 14:15

Extension Through May 13

Los Angeles (April 19, 2005) -- All paid-up SAG and AFTRA members who work under the Interactive Media Agreements are urged to attend one of these important contract meetings

SAG and AFTRA have been jointly negotiating with a group of video game publishers on Interactive Media Agreements. Representatives from the unions and management have agreed to extend the current Interactive Media Agreements to May 13, 2005.

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Fri, 04/15/2005 - 14:13

April 15, 2005 (Los Angeles) - The SAG Awards® has extended the opportunity to pay your November 2004 dues to become eligible for the nominating committee drawings. If you have not paid your November 2004 dues, and don’t know the amount you owe, you may call (323)549-6752 for your dues information. November 2004 dues payments must be received by SAG no later than April 20, 2005 at 5 p.m. PST, for members to be eligible for the nominating committee drawings.

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Sun, 04/10/2005 - 14:11

Screen Actors Guild continues to enjoy success with Global Rule One, which ensures Guild members retain SAG contract protections wherever they work in the world. Since its enactment by the SAG national board in May 2002, the historic initiative has helped generate more than 200 percent increase in foreign theatrical and television productions shot under SAG terms and conditions, resulting in substantial member earnings and millions of dollars in union pension and health care contributions.

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Tue, 04/05/2005 - 14:10

Los Angeles(April 5, 2005) --- Since its formation in 1997, SAGIndie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn't produced by a studio doesn't mean you can't use professional talent.

In fact, input from indie producers continues to help SAG revise and improve its five low-budget agreements to make it even easier for filmmakers to use SAG actors, regardless of their budget.

Here is the upcoming schedule of SAGIndie-sponsored events that members should check out:

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Wed, 03/16/2005 - 14:08

Los Angeles (April 15, 2005)---Representatives of Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a group of video game publishers have agreed to extend the current interactive agreements to May 13, 2005. Discussions on successor interactive agreements are continuing.

A press blackout remains in effect.

Tue, 03/15/2005 - 14:06

Los Angeles (March 15, 2005)---Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of Tom Dillon, who served as president of The Actors' Fund of America from 1989 to 2004. He was 86. With one of the longest presidential tenures in the Fund's 122-year history, Dillon led the organization through a period of significant growth and achievement.

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Wed, 03/09/2005 - 14:04

LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2005) - A Los Angeles man who deceptively offered vouchers from Screen Actors Guild to scam actors was convicted following a two-week jury trial, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced.

Thyvronn Verlin Hill, 40, of Los Angeles, was convicted by a jury of two counts of petty theft (of labor), eight counts of false advertising, and one count of doing business in Los Angeles without a business tax registration certificate.

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Mon, 03/07/2005 - 14:02

Los Angeles (March 6, 2005) – The Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today named Greg Hessinger as the Guild’s new national executive director and chief executive officer. Hessinger, who has served as national executive director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for the past four years, will formally assume the new role on May 2. He replaces Bob Pisano, who has served in the role since September 2001

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Mon, 03/07/2005 - 14:00

Screen Actors Guild members are advised not to render voice-over services for Grabaciones y Doblajes or Grabaciones y Doblajes Internacionales on "LOS SIMPSONS" in Mexico.

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA), the Mexican performers union, have enjoyed years of friendship, solidarity, joint action and mutual aid since 1999.

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Mon, 03/07/2005 - 13:58

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD SUPPORTS BRETHREN IN MEXICO

Los Angeles (March 7, 2005) Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert and National Executive Director/CEO Bob Pisano, on behalf of the entire SAG membership, sent the guild’s unqualified support to the Mexican performers union Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA) in their struggle with employers for fair contracts.

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