May 5, 2004
Dear SAG Member:
Screen Actors Guild must bargain and enforce contracts from a position of strength. Our power comes from you, as professional performers whose services our employers rely on to produce motion pictures, television programs and commercials. But SAG must also be fiscally strong and positioned to finance anything required to protect members, including organizing new jurisdictions, negotiating and enforcing contracts, and in a worst-case scenario, funding a strike.Read More
SAG has just created a new 1-800 “Actors To Locate” telephone number designed to assist producers/casting directors/other industry professionals who are looking to locate SAG members for employment opportunities. Unlike the service that has existed primarily in Los Angeles and New York, this is a national directory for all industry professionals. The new number is: 800/503-6737.
Note: This no-cost service is for employment purposes only. (It is not available for fan-based inquiries.)Read More
As part of Screen Actors Guild and ABC Entertainment Television Group’s ongoing effort to discover and nurture a new and diverse pool of creative talent, and in keeping with SAG’s efforts to provide access for our members who have historically been underrepresented in the industry, Screen Actors Guild’s Affirmative Action / Diversity Department is pleased to partner with ABC Entertainment Television Group in their Talent Showcase series. The next showcase is scheduled to be held in New York City in October, 2004.Read More
The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held three weeks earlier next year -- on Saturday, February 5 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
The show will be televised on Turner Network Television (for the eighth consecutive year) and produced by Jeff Margolis Prods. in association with SAG.
The SAG Awards is the only show where the award recipients are selected solely by actors. The ceremonies will honor performances from 2004 in five film and eight TV categories, including ensemble awards.Read More
After a concentrated lobbying campaign led by Screen Actors Guild, NY Gov. George Pataki signed the Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003. This law will provide safeguards for a child’s wages and ensure education standards for thousands of children working in New York’s entertainment industry.Read More
Join Jane Kaczmarek, Sean Astin, Benicio Del Toro, Jenna Elfman, Elijah Wood, Amanda Bynes, Elliott Gould, Dan Castellaneta, Ed Asner, Barbara Bain, Mimi Kennedy and thousands more by introducing children to the wonderful world of reading and literacy.Read More
Take advantage of the SAG Foundation's expanding library of celebrity interviews from its "Conversations" and "Roll Film" events. Come in and watch the interviews for free. Learn from them, take notes, and improve your craft. The room is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on regular business days.
Here's what you need to do:
First call Bob Nuchow at 323/549-6488 or Lloyd Davidson at 323/549-6649 and set up an appointment.Read More
What you should know about VITA
VITA is a two-hour self-help program. In workshop sessions, members complete their own tax forms assisted by trained volunteers.
Before scheduling an appointment to attend VITA, you need to pick up a VITA Packet. Complete the forms before coming to the appointment. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is offered to qualified members of:
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Actors Equity Association (AEA)Read More
LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2004) – A joint national board of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) today strongly endorsed an agreement reached earlier this week with producers for a one-year extension of the current TV/Theatrical contract set to expire on June 30. By a vote of 79 percent to 21 percent, the joint board approved sending the extension agreement to the full memberships of both unions for ratification, expected during the next 30 days.
LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have reached agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to extend for one year the current TV/Theatrical contract set to expire on June 30, pending ratification of the deal. The extended deal – which will be considered by the joint SAG-AFTRA National Board this week and is expected to go before the SAG and AFTRA full memberships within the next 30 days – would be effective July 1, 2004 and conclude on June 30, 2005.Read More
Attention SAG members:
The Comedy Central animated TV series South Park is engaged in re-casting. SAG members are instructed—in accordance with previous National Board directives—not to audition or accept employment on this series.
South Park is not covered by any SAG agreement, and its producers are not providing SAG wages, benefits and conditions of employment. Please do not accept any employment or renew any contract unless you have confirmed with SAG that the show’s status has changed.Read More
LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2004) --Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) today released the following joint statement:Read More
Standing alongside union brothers and sisters, SAG members marched from the Great Western Forum to a Von's supermarket Saturday in Inglewood. With 14,000 boisterous people in attendance, the event was the largest display of solidarity since the strike/lockout began 17 weeks ago.
SAG thanks all our members for their continuing support of the 70,000 Southern California grocery workers who face severe health care cuts.
January 8, 2004
Los Angeles --- Screen Actors Guild Executive Director/CEO A. Robert Pisano announced today the hiring of Peter C. Frank as deputy national executive director for administration and chief financial officer for SAG effective Monday, January 12. He reports directly to Pisano.Read More
Los Angeles - In yet another example in a pattern of scams intended to prey on the most vulnerable members in the entertainment industry, SAG members have reported a seemingly growing trend of vouchers being bought and sold over the Internet on various websites. Such fraudulent activity undermines the livelihood and organizing efforts of all SAG members. This is a clear violation of SAG rules, and it will not be tolerated.Read More
LOS ANGELES --- Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced the appointment of Seth Oster to the newly created position of deputy national executive director for communications. A veteran communications professional, Oster will report to SAG National Executive Director and CEO A. Robert Pisano and will be responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s internal and external communications. Oster will also serve as a primary public spokesperson.Read More
September 29, 2003
For the first time since the performer unions raised the issue of commercials monitoring in the late 1970's, the advertising industry and the unions have identified common interests with respect to monitoring television and radio commercials and have initiated substantive actions to address the issue.Read More
Union Presidents Gilbert and Connolly call on members to “match strength with strength” by approving consolidation plan
(Hollywood) – SAG and AFTRA today released the following statement from Presidents Melissa Gilbert and John Connolly in response to the FCC’s approval of the loosening of restrictions on media ownership:Read More