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Fri, 04/09/2004 - 19:43

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.

Mon, 03/29/2004 - 18:19
Los Angeles --- SAG members learned more about their union’s latest resources and had their questions answered at Sunday’s Hollywood branch membership meeting at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. Those in attendance heard reports on runaway production and background performers (how to file a claim) as well as an in-depth presentation on identity theft by specialist Jay Foley (founder of the Identity Theft Center). The recent TV/Theatrical Contract Extension, which passed overwhelmingly on March 18, was also discussed.
Fri, 03/26/2004 - 18:17

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.

Wed, 03/24/2004 - 18:08

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.

Tue, 03/16/2004 - 17:59

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)

Fri, 02/20/2004 - 12:09

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.

Wed, 02/18/2004 - 17:50

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.

Mon, 02/09/2004 - 17:44

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.

Mon, 02/02/2004 - 17:38

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.

Thu, 01/08/2004 - 17:27

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.

Fri, 12/05/2003 - 22:13

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.

Mon, 12/01/2003 - 22:10

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.

Mon, 09/29/2003 - 13:59


September 29, 2003

Executive Summary

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.

Mon, 06/23/2003 - 23:02

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:

Tue, 06/10/2003 - 14:04

SAG Members Who Led The 1998 SAG-AFTRA Anti-Merger Campaign Now Voice Strong Support for 2003 Consolidation and Affiliation

WHAT: Leading members of the 1998 "Save SAG" campaign announce they are voting YES for Consolidation and explain why the 2003 Consolidation Plan is a better, more comprehensive plan with solutions to the problems actors face today. Monday will also be the re-launch of the website endorsing the proposed SAG-AFTRA Consolidation & Affiliation.

WHEN: Monday, May 19, 2003

TIME: 11am

Wed, 06/04/2003 - 22:41

WHAT: Members in favor of the SAG/AFTRA Consolidation Plan explain why the 2003 Consolidation Plan is a better, more comprehensive plan with solutions to the problems actors face today.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 4, 2003

TIME: 11:00am

WHERE: 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

WHO: SAG President Melissa Gilbert, former SAG President Barry Gordon, board members Morgan Fairchild and Marcia Strassman, and Michael Gross.

RSVP: Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, SAG 323-549-6701 or 818-442-1102

Tue, 05/20/2003 - 22:35

For IMMEDIATE Release:

Contact: Ilyanne Morden Kichaven 323-549-6701

Jayne Wallace 212-863-4260


Gilbert and Connolly:

“Employer resistance to consolidation is no surprise.”

Health and pension report states “no critical barriers” to combining plans

Los Angeles – Melissa Gilbert and John Connolly, presidents of SAG and AFTRA, today released the following statement: