SAG-AFTRA in the News

SAG-AFTRA in the News
Mon, 06/04/2012 - 11:37

June 4- Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

As the California legislature considers a five-year extension of the state's production tax incentive program, its film commission has identified the 28 projects that will share $100 million in incentive coin this year.
Indie projects are tabbed to receive 53.5% of the tax credits while studio projects will receive 46.5% of the credits as part of the program aimed at preventing production companies from moving their projects, jobs and spending out of the Golden State.

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 11:36

June 1-Hollywood Reporter
By Jonathan Handel

The three-year deal includes minimums, pension and health benefits and a range of working-condition protections.
Capping a year of effort, SAG-AFTRA announced Friday that it had reached the first-ever industrywide agreement covering dancers in music videos. The deal, which encompasses Sony Music, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and their subsidiary labels, came less than two weeks after the union’s board gave its executive director, David White, the power to issue a Do Not Work Order against the labels.

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 11:34

June 1- LA Times
By Richard Verrier

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with the major record labels on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos.
The three-year deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Walt Disney Co. was reached Friday morning. The negotiations had begun Wednesday.
To read the entire article, click here.

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 11:33

June 1-Broadway World
By BWW News Desk

SAG-AFTRA today announced that it had reached tentative agreement with the major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co. — on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.
The three-year agreement was reached in the early morning hours of June 1, after the current round of talks between the union and label representatives commenced on May 30 in Los Angeles.

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 11:32

June 1- Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA has reached tentative agreement with the major record labels -- Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co. -- on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.
The union made the announcement Friday, five weeks after warning that it could approve a "do not work" order for its members working on musicvideos as dancers.

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Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:52

May 30-Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

With no fanfare, the new SAG-AFTRA national board has cut the initiation fee for some broadcasters by more than 40% to $1,708 from $3,000 on an interim basis with the goal of organizing non-union shops.
The board made the move May 20 at its first meeting, less than two months after members of SAG and AFTRA approved the merger pact -- which said explicitly that all initiation fees in the new union would be $3,000, a figure that could not be increased for the first three years after the March 30 merger date.

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:59

May 21–Back Stage
By Sean J. Miller

Actors learned who their lead advocates in halls of power will be as SAG-AFTRA named its top leadership May 20.
Meeting for the first time since the two unions merged earlier this year, SAG-AFTRA's national board of directors announced David White would serve as its executive director. The union had been operating under the leadership of co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon with White officially serving as executive director of SAG.

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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 10:16

Proposed merger seen as bellwether of union sentiment across country

March 11–Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

With U.S. labor unions under constant conservative fire, the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is being closely watched within the labor movement as a measure of how unions react to the changing landscape.

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Tue, 02/28/2012 - 10:17

AFM joins Actors' Equity in blessing wedding

February 28-Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:20

Combining a merged SAG-AFTRA with musicians (yes, musicians) would create a superunion poised to dominate Hollywood.

February 23- Hollywood Reporter
By Jonathan Handel

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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 14:18

January 31-Variety
 By Dave McNary
Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon will become co-presidents of SAG-AFTRA for at least a year -- should the proposed merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio go through.

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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 11:25

January 31–Hollywood Reporter
By Michael O'Connell
The combined audience for the TNT and TBS simulcast of the acting kudos rises this year, slipping a bit among adults 18-49.
The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards were largely even with their showing last year.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:19

January 30-Beverly Hills Courier
 By Un-credited
The two actors' unions may soon merge, pending ratification of their memberships.

The board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, with more than 70,000 members, voted Saturday to merge with the Screen Actors Guild, the dominant union with a membership of about 125,000 members.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:17

January 30-New York Times
By Michael Cieply
A planned merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, which has been clearing hurdles of one sort or another for many months, cleared another on Saturday when the Aftra board gave its approval.

The SAG board had already done so.

Both unions will now submit the merger to a membership vote in late February, with results set to be announced March 30.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:15

January 30-Variety
By Dave McNary
Will the third time be a charm for merging the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists?

The oft-debated issue is now in the hands of members following approvals by the national boards, with 87% of SAG's panel backing the proposal Friday and 94% of AFTRA's doing the same on Saturday.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:13

January 30– Huffington Post
By John Lopez

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:12

January 30-Movie Line
 By S.T. VanAirsdale
The most demoralizing awards season in recent memory continued over the weekend, with the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild handing out their hardware to pretty much everyone you expected to receive it. I'll factor all this into Oscar Index on Wednesday for a complete-race breakdown, but here are the five basic takeaways worth keeping in mind:

1. The Artist is not coming back.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:10

January 30 –CBS News
By Jessica Derschowitz

If there was a SAG Award for best-dressed ensemble, it would go to the cast of "The Help."

The cast of the Deep South drama dressed to impress on Sunday night, and it paid off - the film won for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, along with acting honors for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

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Mon, 01/30/2012 - 14:09

January 30–LA Times
By Matt Donnelly

The Screen Actors Guild Awards serve as a halftime whistle in Hollywood's busiest season, between January's Golden Globes and February's Oscar gold -- making the SAG after-party something of a halftime show.

A lot of stars were blowing off steam as big winners including "The Help," "Modern Family" and "The Artist" mingled on Sunday evening.

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Sun, 01/29/2012 - 14:11

January 29 – Metra Media via YouTube
By Metra Media 

What a star studded night here in Philadelphia. Dave and Busters was the place to be for the 2012 SAG Awards party. It was a really great event and Metra4,com was honored to be there with our news cameras. Helen McNutt made the announcement that over the weekend, the two unions SAG and Aftra, would merge into one. The benefits for both unions and their members will be fantastic!

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Wed, 01/25/2012 - 13:20

January 25 – Buzz Sugar
By Shannon Vestal

The Screen Actors Guild Awards air this Sunday, and the folks behind the show are just as excited about the night as the A-list nominees are. I chatted with SAG Awards producer Kathy Connell about why this year's broadcast will be worth watching, how these particular awards are different, and why you should never refer to them as "SAGs."

BuzzSugar: What fun things do we have to look forward to on Sunday?

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 13:19

January 24 – Hollywood Reporter
By Jonathan Handel

The changes in entrance rules and initiation fees will be of great interest to current and prospective members of both unions and close off a key route to a SAG card.

AFTRA’s open door policy – which allows anyone to join the union online by paying the initiation fee – will end if SAG and AFTRA merge, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In its place will be new SAG-AFTRA rules that primarily mirror SAG’s existing ones – a set of requirements that have made a meme out of “How do I get my SAG card?”

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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 13:18

January 24–Daily Variety
By Dave McNary

Should the proposed SAG-AFTRA merger pass, annual elections will be a thing of the past with the contests taking place every two years instead.

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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:28

January 23 – The Wrap
By Tim Kenneally

Alec Baldwin hasn't exactly come across as the most diplomatic personality in show biz lately, but the Screen Actors Guild is hoping that he can do his part to spread some good will for the organization.

The famously cantankerous "30 Rock" star has been tapped as the newest ambassador for the SAG Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the guild. In his new position, Baldwin will be tasked with promoting the Foundation's charitable programs to the acting community, as well as to seek donations from the general public.

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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 12:26

January 23–TV Guide
By Joyce Eng

What's the hardest job in showbiz? It may just be seating the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Sun, 01/22/2012 - 13:19

January 22-LA Times
 By Richard Verrier
The proposed merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will bring higher dues for some actors and lower dues for others, depending on which labor group they already belong to before the marriage.

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Sun, 01/22/2012 - 13:18

January 22-Hollywood Reporter
 By Jonathan Handel
Opponents of SAG-AFTRA merger had feared that the guild’s Global Rule 1, which prohibits members from working non-union, would be dropped if the unions merge. In another development, dues will decrease for some members and increase for others under a merged union.

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Sun, 01/22/2012 - 12:27

January 22 – New York Post
By Sean Daly

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Sat, 01/21/2012 - 13:17

January 21 – The Economic Times
By Un-Credited

The anti-piracy battle gripping Washington and the Internet pits two US West Coast power bases directly against each other: Hollywood is taking on Silicon Valley over the right to make money online.

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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:16

January 20 – PopWatch
By Grady Smith

For this week’s edition of Pop Culture By the Numbers, EW connected with the SAG Awards, which will air on TBS and TNT on Sunday, Jan. 29, to offer you an inside look at the Screen Actors’ Guild’s swanky ceremony!

79 Years since the Screen Actors Guild was founded.

18 Years that the Screen Actors Guild has held an awards ceremony.

15,872 Square feet of red carpet in the arrivals.

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Thu, 01/19/2012 - 13:15

January 19 – MSNBC
By Un-credited

Craftsmen in protective fire suits pour molten bronze metal into ceramic molds to cast of the Screen Actors Guild Award "The Actor" statuettes using the lost wax process, at the American Fine Arts Foundry on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in Burbank, Calif. The 18th Annual SAG Awards, which honors outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:47

January 12-The Globe and Mail
By Liam Lacey

Last week, the showbiz world discovered Junie Hoang, née Huong Hoang, an actress who launched a suit against the Internet Movie Database and its parent company, Amazon, for more than a million dollars. Hoang says the company revealed her age (40) without her permission on its “IMDbPro” subscription service.

To read the entire article, click here.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:46

January 12 – Back Stage
By Lee Spindle

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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:44

January 11 – Broadway World
By BWW News Desk

Actor® recipients Ed Helms, Julianna Margulies and Natalie Portman will join Actor nominee Armie Hammer, SAG Awards® social network ambassador Regina King and SAG President Ken Howard as presenters at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

To read the entire article, click here.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:43

January 11 – Tweet House
By Steve Broback

We’re excited to announce that the Screen Actors Guild and Back Stage magazine will be the hosts of the 3rd annual Tweet House in Park City Utah. SAG members, Back Stage readers, and Tweet House partners will converge at McCarthy Gallery on main at the studio, where the 2012 Tweet House sessions and party will be held.

To read the entire article, click here.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:45

January 10 – UPI
By UPI Staff

"Dallas" stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are to be presenters at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, organizers said.

The trio headlined the iconic 1980s nighttime soap "Dallas" and are to appear in an updated version of the show, which is in production.

To read the entire article, click here.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 16:04

January 9 – Movie City News
By Ray Pride

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Mon, 01/09/2012 - 16:02

January 9 – The Wrap
By Steve Pond

"Midnight in Paris" showed unexpected strength. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" overcame a late start to make a case for itself. And "War Horse" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" don't exactly look like potential Oscar juggernauts anymore.

The Screen Actors Guild announced its choices in mid-December, while the Producers Guild and Writers Guild announced last week, and the Directors Guild on Monday.

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Mon, 01/09/2012 - 16:01

January9 - Variety
By Robert Abele

Jessica Chastain, who also had prominent roles in 'Take Shelter' and 'The Tree of Life,' was singled out by SAG voters for her turn as a Southern housewife in 'The Help.'

When it comes to the tenor of the films the Screen Actors Guild membership chose for their nominees this year, an emphasis on humor won out over darker-toned subjects.

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Sat, 01/07/2012 - 16:03

January 7 – The Hollywood Reporter via Backstage
By Matthew Belloni

Huang Hoang, the actress who on Friday was outed in her lawsuit against IMDB for publishing her age, is getting some big-time support from Hollywood's biggest acting guild.

Late Friday, the Screen Actors Guild issued a statement applauding Hoang for her "determination and courage" in "standing up to fight the unfair and abusive practice of publishing actors' private information online without their consent."

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Mon, 01/02/2012 - 12:06

Leaders set hotel site for off-the-radar discussions

January 2 - Variety
By Dave McNary

Leaders of Hollywood's two biggest performer unions are going off the radar later this week to focus on what may be the final proposal for merging the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists,

Starting Saturday, they'll hold a marathon nine-day meeting with the goal of prepping the proposal in time for the national boards at the end of the month.

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Mon, 01/02/2012 - 12:01

January 2 – Anchorage Daily News
By Deborah Schildt

This fall, I put 672 Alaskans to work in jobs they'll talk about for the rest of their lives.

I did the casting for "The Frozen Ground," the second major motion picture filmed in Alaska since the state Legislature passed the film incentive program in 2008.

While most of the Alaskans I cast worked as background talent, 32 had speaking roles, earning some their Screen Actors Guild cards.

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Mon, 01/02/2012 - 12:00

Business: Access to the big screen increases as production costs fall

January 2 – The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
By Jana Adkins

The ability for anyone with talent to shoot and produce a movie has multiplied with the advances in technology, leveling the playing field for those who want to enter the movie-making business.

Throw in the Screen Actors Guild’s support of independent films, when it created the “ultra low budget” category, and the doors opened for creative entrepreneurs in the film industry.

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Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:02

December 30 - KPCC
By Kitty Felde

It’s not a golden statue, but making the National Film Registry can be much more valuable than an Oscar.

Patrick Loughney is chief of the new Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Virginia.

"This is not an effort to sort of bring a public honor on either a filmmaker or his or her film," according to Loughney. It’s made "to call attention to the need to preserve these films for future generations at a high quality, at an archival level."

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Fri, 12/30/2011 - 11:59

December 30 – New York Times
By Michael Cieply

AMID the giggles from Billy Crystal, will the Oscars add a touch of drama this year?

One can hope.

At what should have been the climax of last year’s show, images from the 10 best picture nominees filled the screen, while the voice of Colin Firth, who had already won his inevitable prize for portraying the stammering King George VI, delivered lines from

“The King’s Speech,” right on top of ostensible competitors like “Black Swan” and “The Social Network.”

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Fri, 12/30/2011 - 11:55

December 30 - Reuters
By Steve Pond

LOS ANGELES ( - It's time for Screen Actors Guild members to start paying close attention to their mailboxes.

On Friday, three days after the Academy mailed out Oscar ballots, SAG sent postcards to nearly 100,000 of its members. And for members who want to have a say in this year's SAG Awards, those postcards are essential.

To read the entire article, click here

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 12:04

December 29 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Jonathan Handel

The guild’s board approved the move last spring, keeping David White in the fold as the merger process unfolds.

The Screen Actors Guild’s board has voted to extend National Executive Director David White’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of February 2012.

To read the entire article, click here.

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 11:57

David White to remain in post as union pushes AFTRA merger

December 28 - Variety
By Dave McNary

David White, the top exec at the Screen Actors Guild for the past three years, is signed to remain in that post until at least 2014 -- whether or not SAG merges with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

To read the entire article, click here.

Sat, 12/24/2011 - 12:03

December 24 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Matthew Belloni

The actress suing Hollywood information database IMDb for listing her true age cannot move forward with the case unless she reveals her identity, a federal judge has ruled.

In a sharply-worded decision issued on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman found that while the anonymous actress who sued for $1 million fears blacklisting…

To read the entire article, click here.

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 12:15

'Modern Family' tops TV with five noms

December 14 - Variety
By Dave McNary

The Help" has received plenty of help from Hollywood thesps as the drama dominated Screen Actor Guild award nominations with four, followed by "The Artist" with a trio of nods.

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Wed, 12/14/2011 - 12:14

December 14 - CNN
By Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN) -- "The Artist" and "The Help" lead with three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations each as Hollywood's movie awards season revved up Wednesday.

"The Artist," a French movie about the silent film era, is competing for best movie, while Jean Dujardin was nominated for best actor and Berenice Bejo for best supporting actress.

To read the entire article, click here.

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 12:08

December 14 – BusinessWeek
By Eric Engleman

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Internet companies led by Google Inc. are waging a last-ditch campaign to block anti-piracy legislation before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, saying the Hollywood-backed measure amounts to online censorship.

Lobbying in Washington by the Web industry and motion- picture studios has intensified as the panel prepares for a scheduled Dec. 15 vote on the bill, which has become a flash point in the debate over how to curb online trafficking of illegally copied movies and music.

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Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:13

December 13 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Sofia M. Fernandez

The actor will present the group's life achievement award to Moore on Jan. 29.

Dick Van Dyke will reunited with his former TV wife Mary Tyler Moore at the 18th annual SAG Awards in January.

To read the entire article, click here.

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:10

Thesp to receive Life Achievement Award

December 13 - Variety
By Dave McNary

Dick Van Dyke will present the Screen Actors Guild's 48th Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore at next month's SAG Awards.

The show will take place Jan. 29 at the Shrine in Los Angeles.

To read the entire article, click here.

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:09

December 13 – New York Times
By Amy Chozick

Big media companies have ratcheted up the pressure on Washington to support legislation that would protect online content.

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Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:06

December 13 - Variety
By Dave McNary

Unions closer to final proposal

Leaders of Hollywood's two biggest performer unions are moving toward what could be a final proposal for merging the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, scheduling a week of meetings early next month.

To read the entire article, click here.

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:03

December 13 – Los Angeles Times
By Richard Verrier

Hollywood's actors unions are on track to complete a merger agreement by the end of next month, Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said.

Emerging from a two-day meeting with representatives of SAG and its smaller sister union, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Howard said Tuesday that the labor groups have made considerable progress and expected to meet a Jan. 22 deadline for completing a merger agreement, a proposed constitution and a dues plan for a joint union.

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Mon, 12/12/2011 - 12:05

December 12 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Jonathan Handel

The Group for One Union on Monday announced an eight- or nine-day meeting for early January to flesh out a plan to merge the two unions.

They’ve been working plenty hard, but now they’re amping up to another level. “They” would be the SAG/AFTRA merger committee, and in a few weeks they’ll holding what must be an unprecedented eight- or nine-day meeting, AFTRA and SAG said Monday.

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Sun, 12/11/2011 - 12:21

December 11 – The Hill
By Gautham Nagesh

House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and fellow backers of a new online piracy bill offered in the House as an alternative to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act have posted the bill's text on the Internet in hopes of soliciting feedback from the public on its provisions.

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Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:19

December 9 -
By Lisa Balde

Hollywoods's most coveted prize is caught up in a wage dispute.

Federal mediators met Wednesday with union workers and Chicago-based R.S. Owens & Company, long-time manufacturers of Oscar statuettes, to discuss a contract that reached a stalemate.

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Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:18

Ups employer contributions to heath care, retirement funds

December 9 - Variety
By Dave McNary

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has reached a tentative three-year deal on a successor contract for its network code deal, covering nonprimetime work with the four major television broadcast networks.

The key part of the deal, announced Friday night, is a hike in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds from 15.5% to 16.5%.

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Fri, 12/09/2011 - 12:17

December 9 –The Hollywood Reporter
By Kim Masters

A handful of women run studios, win Oscars and influence TV, but across the board, the gains females had begun to make in the entertainment industry are leveling off.

Wrong. Women still lag well behind men across the entertainment industry -- and they lag stubbornly. Women are still well behind in terms of guild membership and pay for acting and writing. And those numbers haven't really budged in recent years.

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Thu, 12/08/2011 - 12:23

December 8 – Palm Desert Sun

A lifesize bronze statue of Frankenstein's monster is hard to miss at the entryway of a Rancho Mirage home.

Inside, the theme carries through. A concrete, greenish colored bust of Boris Karloff's legendary character, “the monster,” appears to watch over the living room from a prominent spot on a wall-length bookshelf. It sits amidst books on horror films and not far from a bust of Imhotep, another classic Karloff character.

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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:16

December 7 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Alex Ben Block

Top Hollywood executives including Fox's Jim Gianopulos, Warner Bros. Barry Meyer and Sony’s Michael Lynton were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for the annual board meeting of the Motion Picture Association of America – the first chaired by former Sen. Chris Dodd -  and to hold meetings with top Congressional and administration leaders including Vice President Joe Biden.

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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 12:21

December 6 – Long Island Business News
by Claude Solnik

Believing that “location, location, location” on Long Island should be about more than real estate, Nassau County on Tuesday brought more than a dozen location scouts, producers and other film and TV professionals on a tour of local film studios and possible filming locations.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano met with film industry location managers, several film and commercial producers and actors to launch a two-day tour of the county’s film industry companies and some frequently used locations.

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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:55

Here's three reasons from IMDb why the woman who is suing the company must come forward and reveal herself.

December 6 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Eriq Gardner

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Mon, 12/05/2011 - 10:58

December 5 - Cleveland Daily Banner
By William Wright

Seniors across the Southeast are taking advantage of an easy way to earn extra income, have fun and possibly be in the movies thanks to Atlanta’s premiere producer, director, writer and actor Tyler Perry.

Working as an extra on the set of a Tyler Perry film has become the latest way to supplement one’s income for thousands of people across the region, especially for senior citizens who are benefiting from such light work in a struggling economy.

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Mon, 12/05/2011 - 10:53

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Executives

December 5 - Variety
By Tatiana Siegel

"We should have done this a long time ago," Howard says of SAG's proposed merger with AFTRA. "The destructive drama we all lived through in 2008 simply wouldn't have happened if we had already been one union."

Given the ticking clock before January's target deadline for finalizing a proposal, the SAG prexy is trying to make up for lost time and persuade holdouts of the true cost of being divided.

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Sun, 12/04/2011 - 11:00

December 4 - Herald Independent
By Grace Tarrant

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Sat, 12/03/2011 - 10:57

Critics: Bono Mack plan a threat to free speech

December 3 – Courier Post Online
By Paul C. Barton, Desert Sun Washington Bureau

Washington — A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack to impose stricter copyright protection on the Internet has become one of the most controversial of the 112th Congress, dividing major American corporations and free speech advocates.

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Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:56

Guild's rules leave handful of scripts out of contention

December 2 - Variety
By Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America has held tough on qualifying scripts for its awards, with 88 eligible screenplays -- 33 in the adapted category and 55 in the original category.

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Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:33

December 2 – Associated Press
By Lynn Elber, AP

LOS ANGELES—A million-dollar lawsuit by an actress who claims her job prospects were damaged when she was outed online as a 40-year-old has run smack into conventional wisdom: If Sandra Bullock, 47, and Helen Mirren, 66, are getting steady work, bias against older actresses surely must have vanished.

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Mon, 11/28/2011 - 10:59

By Variety Newsdesk
November 28, 2011
Union's public voice to join PR firm 42West
AFTRA's public voice Christopher de Haan is ankling from the performers union to join PR firm 42West.
De Haan has been the National Director of Communications for the past three years at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
To read the entire article, click here.

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:44

November 27 – Los Angeles Times
By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
As Bryan Cranston, Katey Sagal and Edie Falco have proved, cable TV has made it easier for actors to go from comedy to drama or vice versa.
A panic-stricken middle-aged man, wearing little more than a gas mask and tighty-whities, is driving a dilapidated RV across the desert. Two unconscious bodies and a dead one slide around in the back — near his portable methamphetamine lab. He wants to make money before he dies of cancer.

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:43

November 23 – Back Stage
By Daniel Holloway

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:30

November 23 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Stacey Wilson
Leading the charitable wing of the Screen Actors Guild since 2007, the actress tells THR about the struggles and rewards of her second full-time job.
In her post as president of the nonprofit and philanthropic Screen Actors Guild Foundation, JoBeth Williams manages a slew of outreach programs. Here, the veteran of film (The Big Chill) and television (Dexter) shares the biggest and most rewarding challenges of her guild post.

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 10:27

November 23 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Stacey Wilson
A Screen Actors Guild literacy ambassador, the actress was recently given the red carpet treatment at a Los Angeles elementary school where she read to some of her younger fans.
“Are you the actress from The Help?”

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Tue, 11/22/2011 - 10:33

IMDb has been sued for revealing an actress's age. So can a website kill a career?
November 22 – Sidney Morning Herald
By Bob Strauss

It's a joke almost as old as show business itself. The ageing actor - or more commonly, actress - who insists they can play characters decades younger than they are.
In our modern information age, though, it's no laughing matter.

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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:37

We've got a one-on-one interview with the legendary star of The Muppets on his near-marriage to Miss Piggy, why he never wears pants and which Muppet shall be his successor.

November 21, 2011-– CraveOnline
By Fred Topel

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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:34

What ails the China's cultural industry? And how can it be turned into a healthy and prosperous sector? Three experts enlighten us with their suggestions.
November 21-China Daily
 By Jia Xudong
It's all about global competitiveness
International competitiveness is key to cultural enterprises' success in the global cultural market. Without strong international competitiveness, Chinese cultural enterprises cannot build a strong cultural industry and the country cannot become a cultural power.

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Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:31

November 21-Variety
By Tatiana Siegel
When Denzel Washington and Halle Berry made history by winning 2001's top two acting honors for their respective turns in "Training Day" and "Monster's Ball," it appeared the floodgates had opened for racial minorities at the Oscars.

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Fri, 11/18/2011 - 10:35

November 18- Variety
By: Christy Grosz

The SAG Awards is auctioning off seats on the red carpet to benefit the SAG Foundation Nov. 18 - 28. The first eBay auction in this year’s series features 70 seats from which fans can see their favorite stars walk the red carpet, take pictures and request autographs. New to this year’s auction is the combination of bleacher seat sets with hotel stays, dinners, makeovers, backstage tours and more.

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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 15:02

November 17 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Stacey Wilson

The "Talladega Nights" star takes serious turn in two awards contenders: "Carnage" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Ever since his Boogie Nights porn starReed Rothchild announced, with conviction, "People tell me I kinda look like Han Solo," John C. Reilly has occupied a coveted place in the hearts of cinephiles as the medium's most endearing underdog. Whether he's crooning the sweetly sad "Mr. Cellophane" for his Oscar-nominated role in 2002's Chicago…

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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 10:43

November 17 - Variety
By Ellen Wolff

When actor Andy Serkis approaches the security gate on a studio lot, he probably should have his photo ID ready.
Serkis may be the most famous film actor people don't recognize. He played Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the namesake gorilla of "King Kong" and, most recently, the chimpanzee Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 15:03

November 16 – Los Angeles Times

The fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley over proposed anti-piracy legislation is heating up on Capitol Hill.

At a congressional hearing Wednesday, Michael O'Leary, senior executive vice president for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying arm, urged lawmakers to move swiftly to pass a bill that would make it easier to shut down rogue websites that traffic in pirated movies and TV shows.

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 10:46

November 16 – Anchorage Daily News
By MARK THIESSEN, The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A coalition of Alaska filmmakers and support personnel want changes to the state's tax incentive law, which is already credited with bringing two major movies to the state.

The Alaska Film Alliance outlined broad changes during a news conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, just a few blocks from where finishing touches are being put on the Nicolas Cage feature film "The Frozen Ground."

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 10:44

November 16 – Back Stage
By Frank Nestor

In video games and feature films—such as 2007's "Beowulf" and the upcoming "The Adventures of Tintin"—performance capture is an increasingly popular method for bringing characters to life.

Also called motion capture (or mocap), it involves actors wearing formfitting body suits that allow cameras to track their movements from every angle in a stage area called the volume. Those movements are then used to animate a computer-generated character. The technology presents a unique challenge and opportunity for performers.

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Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:05

November 15 – Broadcasting & Cable
By John Eggerton

Concerned that SOPA and PROTECT IP Acts would undercut a safe harbor in the DMCA that protects companies that make good faith efforts to remove infringing content from their sites

Capitol Hill was buzzing Tuesday with public interest groups and Web companies opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is getting a markup in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

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Tue, 11/15/2011 - 16:03

November 15 - Reuters
By Tim Molloy at TheWrap

"Southland" star Regina King will serve as social media ambassador for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and announce the nominations next month.

King will post on Twitter and Facebook and serve as the online face of the awards as she provides viewers with behind-the-scenes access to the ceremony.

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Tue, 11/15/2011 - 10:38

November 15 – MultiChannel News
By John Eggerton
Web Companies, Public-Interest Groups Speak Out Against SOPA
Washington -- Capitol Hill was buzzing Tuesday with public interest groups and Web companies opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is getting a markup in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

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Mon, 11/14/2011 - 16:04

November 14 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Scott Feinberg

It's not just the leading man or lady but the entire cast that counts in the category, and this year's hopefuls are full of striking performances.

In no particular order...


Why It Could Win: It's hard to imagine that SAG members won't get behind this drama starring Ryan Gosling as a political operative surrounded by an incredible assemblage of actor's actors…

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Mon, 11/14/2011 - 16:02

November 14 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Lesley Goldberg , Marisa Guthrie, Philiana Ng

Lead actress contenders Claire Danes, Laura Dern, Monica Potter and Katey Sagal also dish on their first union jobs and the transforming power of footwear.

Carrie Mathison, Homeland (Showtime)

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Mon, 11/14/2011 - 16:01

November 14 - The Atlantic
By Wayne Ferderman

When he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan staged a showdown with studio executives—and won the creation of the residual payment system that lives today

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Mon, 11/14/2011 - 15:59

November 14 – The Hollywood Reporter
By Eriq Gardner

In a motion to dismiss, the company says the actress is attempting to perpetuate a fraud and seeks to unmask the anonymous woman.

The Internet Movie Database has launched a blistering counterattack against the anonymous actress who sued the service for revealing her age.

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Sun, 11/13/2011 - 15:58

November 13 – Los Angeles Daily News
By Bob Strauss

It's a joke almost as old as show business itself. The aging actor - or, the more common stereotype, actress - who insists they can play characters decades younger than they are.

In our modern information age, though, it's no laughing matter.

In October, an actress filed suit against Amazon and its subsidiary, the Internet Movie Database, for posting her birth date on the latter website.

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Sun, 11/06/2011 - 15:01

November 6 – FOX News Charlotte, NC
By Reneé LaSalle

Gastonia, NC - Filming was underway Sunday in Gastonia for the Charlotte area's newest cop drama Last Call of Duty. It's a Screen Actors Guild Signatory Short Film written & produced by North Carolina State Trooper Darren Conrad.

Conrad also plays the staring role Officer Daniel Howell, “So much of my life and everything that I've seen went into every line, every character, every person, every event."

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Sun, 11/06/2011 - 12:39

November 6 – Los Angeles Times
By Carolyn Kellogg

The author deals with the political persuasions of Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan and others.

Republicans take heart: Hollywood is not as liberal as you think. Steven J. Ross convincingly shows in "Hollywood Left and Right" that since its early days, the movie industry has been as quietly conservative as publicly liberal. After all, where did Ronald Reagan come from?

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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:38

November 4 - Anchorage Daily News
By Beth Bragg

Q: How did you get the job? Take me through the process.

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:37

November 3 - San Francisco Chronicle
By Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer

Kal Penn remembers it like it was yesterday. The last time he was on the set of a commercial was during the previous NBA lockout in 1998. It was a Nike ad starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Penn was supposed to be one of three guys who could play basketball, but Penn didn't actually have any game.

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:36

November 3 - Variety
By Dave McNary

Network code contract covers programming other than sitcoms, primetime dramas

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will launch contract talks Monday with the Big Four broadcast nets and other producers for a successor agreement to its network code contract.

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