ATTEND THE NATIONAL
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1-2 p.m. - Membership mixer with national board and staff, visit committee tables, learn about member events and activities, sign-up for the speakers list for an opportunity to speak at the microphone during the open forum section of meeting, register for SAG.org and iActor.
2-5 p.m. - Meeting/Q&A with reports by President Ken Howard, Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and National Executive Director David White.
Where: Beverly Hills Ballroom at The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Parking: Parking will be validated. Please read all posted signage. SAG is not responsible for illegally parked vehicles.
No RSVP necessary. For more information call (323) 549-6447 or e-mail email@example.com.
The membership meeting is only open to paid-up SAG members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR ADMITTANCE (paid thru October 31, 2010). All bags larger than 14 inches in any dimension will be prohibited from entry into the meeting. No pets or animals, with the exception of service animals in service.
Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began September 27 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
The Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists met September 12 by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved a package of proposals for these joint AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical negotiations.
SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon are co-chairing the negotiations. SAG National Executive Director David White and AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth serve as the unions’ co-lead negotiators.
Check SAG.org during the coming weeks for the latest updates and information.
NEW AND RETURNING
Screen Actors Guild announced on September 23 elections results for the Guild’s National Board of Directors. Twenty-seven of the 69 National Board seats were open for election this year, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. The newly elected National Board members assumed office on September 25. SAG’s Hollywood Division elected thirteen new National Board members; the New York Division elected five members; and nine National Board members were elected from the union’s Branches in Arizona, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, Houston, New Mexico, San Francisco, Seattle and Utah.
For the complete story, including National Board members elected, click here.
ANOTHER KEY FOR
Many of you know of the Film Contract Digest, the small red pamphlet that summarizes each of our low budget agreements. They have been reprinted by SAGIndie and are available upon request. Send an e-mail to Utah Branch Executive Director Don Livesay at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to send a few to you. They are intended for you, but also for you to hand to producers who you think might be willing to use you in an upcoming film.
One of the best lines you may ever say is, “I am a member of Screen Actors Guild, and would you like to know how easy it is to hire me?” Have a digest on hand, so when employers want to know more, you’ll be able to provide some answers right on cue.
SAG MOURNS PASSING
OF KEN ORSATTI
Screen Actors Guild mourns the loss of former SAG National Executive Director Ken Orsatti, who passed away August 31 of pulmonary disease at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, Calif. He was 78. Orsatti served as national executive director from 1981 through the beginning of 2001, and was also a former Hollywood executive director. During his tenure as NED, Orsatti also served as the Guild’s chief negotiator, a period that saw dramatic expansion of the union’s contracts and record setting earnings for its members. He was a SAG employee since 1961.
Orsatti served as a trustee of the SAG-Producers Pension & Health Plans for more than 35 years, and proudly served as a vice president of the International Federation of Actors. He successfully led a campaign to organize the advertising industry in the Guild’s Branches and helped negotiate numerous local and regional contracts that created work opportunities for thousands of members. Click here to view the complete story on SAG.org.
By Anne Sward
I attended the September Screen Actors Guild National Board meeting in Los Angeles. We met jointly with the AFTRA National Board, and we jointly approved proposals for primetime TV and theatrical negotiations.
It was quite productive to sit in the room with so many actors from both unions to talk, to plan and to find commonality of purpose. SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon co-chaired the meeting. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and SAG National Executive Director David White will serve as the unions’ co-lead negotiators. I feel we have a united front and very skilled representatives to negotiate a good contract.
Later this month, Utah Branch President Paul Mulder and I will attend the plenary meeting of the National Board during which the New York Division, the Regional Branch Division and the Hollywood Division will meet to discuss current issues. We are working out the process for negotiating a new Industrial and Educational Contract. That contract had been extended but now is sun-setting after six years. If you have issues you feel need to be addressed and represented, please call Paul or me through the office, (800) 724-0767.
By Marshal Moore
Director of the Utah Film Commission
Note: The following is from the Utah Film Commission newsletter Out Takes, October 2010.
It is an honor to continue our service for and in behalf of this great state and specifically the Utah film industry. As we prepare for another legislative session in 2011, all our collective energy will be directed toward extending and improving our current Motion Picture Incentive Fund. As we meet regularly with the Motion Picture Association of Utah, the Motion Picture Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board, and the Legislative Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim Committee, it is clear that there is a need and a desire for a few needed changes to our already existing incentive program.
These potential changes will be based on meetings with industry professionals in Utah and Los Angeles and with our government officials to determine the best course of action to take, as we are constantly faced with competition for film dollars from other states and countries. I do know that our program is working, but it does need a few improvements in order to attract a network TV series on its own merits.
Recently, I had the opportunity of attending the Toronto International Film Festival and viewing the made-in-Utah production of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. It was a privilege to attend this prestigious festival and support the filmmakers all the way through the production and postproduction process.
The current year continues to move forward with the following films: Guns, Girls and Gambling (completed), Peloton (completed), 17 Miracles (completed), Darling Companion (in production), Midway to Heaven (completed), Thrillbillies (in production), If the Shoe Fits (incentives approved), and Bennie (incentives approved).
We have just returned from Los Angeles and New York visiting studios heads and production companies. While we were in Los Angeles, Derek Miller, managing director of business incentives for the state of Utah, joined us. Derek will be drafting the new film incentive legislation and this trip served as an opportunity to meet directly with the studios and producers to get feedback as we begin that process.
Years ago, a Moab rancher once said, “The movies are good for business. They only take photographs and leave money.” This is as true now as it was then; film is entertainment and also big business. We appreciate all your great work and efforts to sustain and grow this “big business” here in Utah.
By Don Livesay
Utah Branch Executive Director
In the last few months we have had several occasions to turn non-union jobs into union jobs that provided full benefits to Utah members. Although this positive outcome is not always assured, without members and agents alerting us about productions and auditions taking place, many of our people would have lost out. Many times all it takes is brief conversation with the producer to “turn the job.”
Turning or “flipping” a non-union job into a union job is based on two primary factors being in place. The producer really wants to hire the performers she or he needs, and those performers will not work without a union contract in place.
If you are interested in finding out how you can partner with us for SAG work, call me. But before you do, check out the special low-budget contracts for film at SAGIndie.org. Options are also available for industrials and local commercials.
Our job is to help producers hire the best performers in Utah. Those performers are SAG. So please clue me in on the jobs you hear about. Let me have the opportunity to find out what producers need and show them how easy it is to go SAG. We want to make it happen, and when we’re involved, many times it will.
My phone number is (800) 724-0767. My e-mail is email@example.com.
By Paul Mulder
Utah Branch President
Every year, Screen Actors Guild re-constitutes its national committees. These committees are an excellent way to serve your fellow Guild members and to help shape Guild policies. In an effort to get as many members involved as possible, SAG staff has created the Committee Service Request Form, that lists the various committees and task forces and provides an opportunity for you to share your areas of expertise. At the October 2010 Regional Branch Division meeting, your elected board members will use these forms to place members on the various national committees.
Committee service can require various levels of commitment. Some committees meet monthly, while some only meet a few times per year. All committee meetings are held via teleconference between members in Hollywood, New York and the Regional Branches. Committees also receive guidance and support from staff liaisons, who provide handouts, agendas, and information for the committees and also communicate between the committees and national staff. If you want to serve on a local committee, let us know. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and pass on any ideas you might have for helping out.
It is our Guild, and our involvement is the best way to make it serve us better.
Thank you for your service.
On September 18, Utah Branch Executive Director Don Livesay presented a training to performers, mostly non-union, represented by Utah Talent Management, a talent agency located in Park City and operated by Margaret Maier. Topics included the history and jurisdiction of Screen Actors Guild, work in Utah and union provisions covering the employment of minors under SAG contracts.
During the one-hour session, he covered issues relating to union vs. non-union jobs and how to protect against unscrupulous agents and managers who charge exorbitant up-front fees. Livesay stated that most new people have a misunderstanding as to what our purpose is. He said our job is to advise producers on how to hire professional performers under industry minimum terms and conditions. “The idea that standards should exist for professionals is nothing new,” he said. “But unlike other fields, in our business, what we produce in front of a camera or behind a microphone outlives the employer and employee.” He added, “With that in mind, isn’t it fair to expect compensation to cover how we know the product will be used now and to provide a mechanism for additional payment for what could happen with it later on? Our contracts do that. Buyouts do not.”
Livesay answered many questions dealing with how parents can assist their children on set without feeling they are getting in the way. He also covered audition rules and what certain jobs pay depending on the nature of the performance. He said young performers are of special concern because of the frequent lack of adequate regulations covering the employment of minors under state law. Unless a union contract is in place, parents usually have no assurance state law will protect their child.
This event was the first of what we hope will be a series of presentations provided to performers through their talent agencies in Utah. If you think your agency would benefit from a SAG presentation like this, please ask your agent to call Don Livesay at (800) 724- 0767 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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