Press Releases

Press Releases
Wed, 09/01/2004 - 23:18

The Next Best Thing to Taking it With You...

Your support for the SAG Foundation's vital programs can help further your own tax, financial and estate planning goals.

Give a little or give a lot...now or later...there's a tax-favorable planned giving option that perfectly suits your individual needs.


* Bequests

* Charitable Lead Trusts

* Charitable Gift Annuities

* Charitable Remainder Trusts

* Pooled Income Funds

* Residuals Donation

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Tue, 08/31/2004 - 23:16

SAG's Residuals Department prides itself on processing members' residuals in the fastest and most efficient way possible.

Due to limited resources, however, SAG can no longer "expedite" residual checks—a process where the production information associated with the payment is mailed separately from the check.

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Fri, 08/27/2004 - 23:14

For the second time in six weeks, SAG takes strong action against scam artists looking to prey upon actors


Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2004) --- Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an anti-scam bill on Tuesday that amends the California Advance Talent Service Act (AFTS). The bill (SB 1687), which goes into effect January 1, 2005, was co-sponsored by Screen Actors Guild and Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. Calif. State Senator Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) introduced the bill and championed it through the legislature and signing.

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Wed, 08/25/2004 - 23:13

Los Angeles (August 17, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild issued a statement today to agents, managers, casting agents, and producers regarding restrictions on campaign contributions:


This statement from the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood and New York Division Elections Committees is to inform you of various obligations imposed on you by federal law in connection with the upcoming SAG internal union elections.

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Wed, 08/25/2004 - 23:10

Los Angeles (August 25, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has released the official list of candidates for its upcoming National Board elections. Ballots for all eligible SAG members in Hollywood and New York were mailed today. The ballots will be tabulated on September 23 and the election results are expected to be announced that evening.

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Wed, 08/25/2004 - 23:08

On Wednesday, August 19, Franchise Pictures, LLC and 19 related entities filed petitions for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws. Franchise has been responsible for production or distribution of about 75 motion pictures, employing hundreds of SAG members.

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Wed, 08/18/2004 - 23:00

Don’t miss the Grand Opening of The SAG Shop

Opening its doors tomorrow, September 17th!

Featuring caps, t-shirts, portfolios and much more!

Log-in to www.sag.org Friday, September 16th to link to the new SAG Shop. ....and "Wear It Proud".

Mon, 08/16/2004 - 23:03

Submissions to be Accepted Online or by Mail

11th Annual SAG Awards™ to Air on Turner Network Television (TNT) Saturday, February 5, 2005

Los Angeles – Submissions for the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations open Monday, August 16, 2004 and continue until 5:00 p.m. (PST), Thursday, November 11, 2004. Submissions can be accepted online at www.sagawards.org or submission forms can be obtained by calling the Screen Actors Guild Awards® office at (323) 549-6707.

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Tue, 08/10/2004 - 22:56

Fay WraySept. 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004

Screen Actors Guild founding member #1,475

Joined November 10, 1933

Fay Wray got her start in silent movies in 1923 and performed in more than 70 films during an extensive acting career. But it was her role in King Kong that immortalized her as the giant ape’s beautiful object of affection. Nine months after the film’s premier, Wray joined the four-month-old Screen Actors Guild on November 10, 1933.

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Tue, 08/10/2004 - 22:54

Individual Admits Involvement; Guild Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Interference in Union Decisions

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Tue, 08/03/2004 - 22:50

Los Angeles (August 3, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today released the official list of candidates for its upcoming National Board elections. Ballots for all eligible SAG members in Hollywood and New York will be mailed on August 25. The ballots will be tabulated on September 23 and the election results are expected to be announced that evening.

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Thu, 07/29/2004 - 16:23

TO ALL PRODUCERS, AGENTS AND SAG OFF-CAMERA VOICE ACTORS INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION OF ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES

RE: SERIES CONTRACTS It has come to the attention of SAG that certain producers may be attempting to enter into agreements with off-camera voice actors (“performers”) for employment in animated television series as series contract performers or series regulars, with provisions that may include a contract term with options. However, these agreements are not providing the minimum compensation required to obtain such rights.Read More
Wed, 07/28/2004 - 22:36

July 29, 2004

As you may know, after the referendum defeat of the SAG-ATA proposed agency agreement in April 2002, SAG’s national board unanimously adopted a motion designed to allow all represented performers to continue pursuing their career objectives with the least amount of disruption possible. To that end, the board voted to temporarily suspend application of Section 16(a) of the SAG Constitution, requiring members to secure an agent from a list of SAG-approved (franchised) agents.

What does this national board action mean to you?

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Wed, 07/21/2004 - 22:33

Guild takes stand against problem producers to recover tens of thousands of dollars in lost wages

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Mon, 07/19/2004 - 22:30

In February, 2004, SAG was contacted by a concerned member of the acting community about a potential voucher scam being perpetrated on aspiring actors through a popular Internet jobs board. The Guild opened an investigation and began methodically gathering evidence. On Monday, July 19, L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced 14 charges against Thyvronn Hill, doing business as “RJ Productions,” including 10 counts of false advertising, two counts of petty theft, operating a business without proper registration and unauthorized use of a trademark or label.

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Mon, 07/19/2004 - 22:27

Individual Wanted for Using Forged Vouchers to Scam Work from Actors

LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2004) - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert issued a warning to actors to be on guard against individuals who provide forged vouchers used to verify employment necessary for SAG membership.

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Sat, 07/17/2004 - 22:19

Los Angeles (July 7, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today granted a waiver to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MTPF) – which provides tens of thousands of SAG members in the Los Angeles area with critical health and human services – that will directly strengthen the MPTF’s core services to members of the entertainment community.

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Fri, 07/16/2004 - 22:13

Los Angeles (July 16, 2004) – U.S. District Court Judge John Walter this week affirmed his ruling of May 27th that dismissed all discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former SAG employee Patricia Heisser Metoyer against Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and has ordered Metoyer to pay SAG's court costs in the amount of $24,765.

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Wed, 07/14/2004 - 22:11

We have received a request from AFTRA that Screen Actors Guild members not accept employment on a Spanish-language telenovela to be co-produced by Freemantle Latin America and Telemundo. This telenovela is tentatively entitled “La Fuerza del Silencio” or “La Ley Del Silencio.”

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Tue, 07/13/2004 - 22:07

All paid-up SAG members who work under the TV Animation Contract are invited to attend. Participation will be limited only by fire rules. Come early and bring your membership card.

Attend and share your thoughts on this contract with your fellow actors.

Time: 7-9 PM

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Location: Screen Actors Guild Headquarters 5757 Wilshire Blvd. James Cagney Board Room (1st Floor)

Thank you for your participation!

SAG TV Animation Contract Negotiating Committee 2004

Tue, 07/13/2004 - 22:05

Los Angeles (July 12, 2004)—In an effort to constructively resolve the ongoing debate over the controversial practice of actors paying to attend casting workshops, The Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced a new pilot effort that will increase the number of free casting workshops available to Guild members. After a one-year run in Los Angeles, SAG hopes to expand the program nationwide.

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Mon, 07/12/2004 - 23:00
On July 13, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Screen Actors Guild, Inc. (“SAG”), 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 1st Floor (Bella Bruck Room), Los Angeles, California, SAG will sell, at public auction, for cash or otherwise acceptable terms, all right, title, and interest of the Debtor(s) in and to several motion pictures.
Fri, 07/02/2004 - 22:01

Blood industry officials made a plea this week for blood donations, citing the "current high risk of a life-threatening" shortage in many parts of the country, including the Midwest and Southern California. On that urgent note, it’s time for another Screen Actors Guild blood drive. Please consider scheduling an appointment to make a life saving gift (guidelines for blood donations are listed below).

All members nationwide are invited to take part in the SAG Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry.

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Fri, 07/02/2004 - 21:58

The SAG Health Plan is pleased to announce a new premium payment option that will eliminate the worry of missing a payment and risking the loss of eligibility. The new Auto Debit Plan deducts your quarterly premium automatically on a recurring basis each quarter from your checking or savings account (excludes credit cards). Payments are deducted on the 25th of each month prior to the due date. For example, a payment due on July 1 is deducted on July 25.

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