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Tue, 08/10/2004 - 23:56

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.

Tue, 08/03/2004 - 23:50

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.

Thu, 07/29/2004 - 17:23


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.
Mon, 07/19/2004 - 23:30

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.

Mon, 07/19/2004 - 23:27

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.

Sat, 07/17/2004 - 23:19

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.

Fri, 07/16/2004 - 23:13

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.

Wed, 07/14/2004 - 23:11

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.”

Tue, 07/13/2004 - 23:07

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 - 23:05

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.

Tue, 07/13/2004 - 00:00
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 - 23:01

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.

Fri, 07/02/2004 - 22:58

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.

Thu, 06/24/2004 - 22:51

Los Angeles (June 24, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert today released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals to block Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to dangerously expand the number of television and radio stations that can be owned by a single media company in one market:

Mon, 06/21/2004 - 22:48

Los Angeles (June 21, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today passed a resolution voicing its strong support for Actors’ Equity in their ongoing negotiations with producers.

“We support our sister union Actors’ Equity in these critical contract talks,” said SAG President Melissa Gilbert. “The 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild stand squarely behind Equity in solidarity, and we hope they will reach a fair, equitable contract this week."

Fri, 06/18/2004 - 22:46

The latest issue of Screen Actor Magazine has shipped to mailboxes of all SAG members.

Featured in this issue:

"Remembering President Reagan: The SAG Years"

"SAG Looks to Organize Spanish Language Productions" (includes a survey for

"Global Rule One Celebrates Year 2"

"An Interview with Edward James Olmos"

"Low Budget Agreements Made Simple"

"Art Mimics Life and Andy Serkis"

and much more...

Fri, 06/18/2004 - 22:41

June 18, 2004---Working in conjunction with a coalition vigorously opposed to anti-runaway production, the Florida branch of Screen Actors Guild played a prominent role in the passage of two important initiatives that benefit the Florida film industry. With the support of fellow industry labor unions, Film Florida and the state’s Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, SAG secured $2.4 million for the funding of the film production incentive legislation passed in 2003.

Wed, 06/16/2004 - 22:38

Los Angeles (June 2, 2004) –Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) today issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) to several companies involved in the electronic monitoring of television commercials and program content.

Wed, 06/09/2004 - 22:32

Voting Results

Los Angeles (June 1, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced that the dues proposal overwhelmingly endorsed by the National Board this past April has failed by a narrow 51.88% to 48.12% margin in a referendum vote, with 36 percent of eligible SAG members casting ballots. The final tally was certified this evening by Washington state-based Integrity Voting Systems.

Sat, 06/05/2004 - 22:26

Ronald Reagan got his start in politics at Screen Actors Guild (SAG), leading the union during a period in which it tackled many of the same issues confronting working actors today – including runaway production, fair compensation, and unity in an increasingly complex industry. In the upcoming issue of SAG’s quarterly Screen Actor magazine, Guild historian Valerie Yaros details Reagan’s legacy, beginning with his Guild involvement in the 1940s through his service as SAG president from 1947-1952 and again from 1959-1960.