Press Releases

Press Releases
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


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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Mon, 02/28/2005 - 13:54

Los Angeles (February 28, 2005) – In national voting completed today, members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production.

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Thu, 02/17/2005 - 13:52

Los Angeles (February 17, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert today called on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to heed the request of the stunt community – all of whom are SAG members – to establish a new Oscar category of Best Stunt Coordinator in the annual awards show.

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Tue, 02/08/2005 - 13:56

To read a summary of the SAG/AFTRA TV/Theatrical Agreement click here.

SAG has posted the full detailed presentation that the Joint SAG/AFTRA National Board carefully studied before overwhelmingly recommending the deal.

To view a PDF of the presentation, click here

To download Adobe Acrobat Reader (for PDF viewing), click here.

Fri, 02/04/2005 - 13:49

Currently paid-up members of SAG and/or AFTRA may attend joint informational meetings held in these cities prior to the voting deadline. You must present a paid-up SAG or AFTRA membership card for admission. Plan to attend the informational meeting in your area.

Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m
Culver City Veteran Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City

Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Le Parker Meridien Hotel
118 W. 57th Street

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Fri, 02/04/2005 - 13:46

Los Angeles (February 7, 2005) --- The Joint Board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) overwhelmingly approved, and is recommending to its combined membership, a new three-year TV/Theatrical contract with studios and networks. Beginning today, ballots are being mailed to all SAG and AFTRA eligible voters. Filled-out ballots must be returned via mail and must be received at the assigned post office box in Everett, WA no later than 5 p.m. (PST) Monday, February 28, 2005.

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Fri, 02/04/2005 - 13:44

Los Angeles (February 4, 2005) --- SAG President Melissa Gilbert issued the following statement about the death of actor and 37th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Ossie Davis:

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Thu, 01/27/2005 - 13:42

Los Angeles (January 27, 2005) --- All dues-current SAG and AFTRA members who work under the Interactive Media Agreement are invited to an Interactive Media Voice Actors Caucus at 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 4 in the James Cagney boardroom. Participation is limited only by fire rules. Come early and bring your membership card.

This is the last discussion with negotiators and Negotiating Committee chairs before the start of negotiations. Here's a chance to preview the proposal package.

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Thu, 01/27/2005 - 13:39
Los Angeles (January 27, 2005) - In a statement issued today, Melissa Gilbert, president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and John P. Connolly, president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), announced they will recommend to the SAG/AFTRA Joint National Board that both a pro and con statement be included in the member referendum, assuming the recently negotiated TV/Theatrical Agreement is approved by the joint board this Saturday. Read More
Tue, 01/25/2005 - 13:37

Los Angeles (January 25, 2005) --- The following is a joint statement from the American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and the Writers Guild of America, west regarding today's filing in Supreme Court of a friend of the court brief in the Grokster case:

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Thu, 01/20/2005 - 13:35

Unions Secure Historically Lucrative Deal;
Across-the-Board Gains for Performers Working at Scale

SAG, AFTRA Presidents Endorse Inclusion of Opposition Views
in Referendum Materials on TV/Theatrical Deal

(Los Angeles, January 20, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today that they have negotiated a sweeping $200 million agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a new three-year television and theatrical contract.

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Fri, 01/14/2005 - 13:33

Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced today that the parties will reconvene negotiations for a new three-year Television and Theatrical contract on Wednesday, January 19. The current contract does not expire until June 30. A news blackout remains in effect.

Fri, 01/07/2005 - 13:31

(Los Angeles, January 7, 2005) As usual, SAG members have stepped up and generously donated their money and time to provide relief for those devastated by the Asian Tsunami.

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Mon, 01/03/2005 - 13:29

SAG cashiering staff and resources will be reassigned as of January 1, 2005. Therefore, walk-up cashiering will be closing nationwide and payments will no longer be accepted at SAG offices. All dues payments will be processed online (24-hours a day) or by mail to:

Screen Actors Guild
P.O. Box 48970
Los Angeles, CA 90048-9170


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