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NY SAG-AZINE: May 13, 2009


Your Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors
Recommends a YES Vote on the TV/Theatrical Agreement.

May 13, 2009

NY Division President Sam Freed


By Sam Freed

Much has happened since you received your last issue of SAGazine. Much has been accomplished. Within a short amount of time, a change in leadership has resulted in two tentative contract proposals with our employers on our largest contracts, TV/ Theatrical and Commercials. Negotiations also have begun for the expired contract for the work we do on interactive games.

The ballot for the Commercials Contract is officially in the mail. I urge you to get acquainted with the issues and recommend you vote “YES.” There will be an informational meeting in New York on May 14.

The ballot for the TV/Theatrical Contract will be sent on May 19. There will be an informational meeting about this contract too, on June 1 at the DGA Theatre. The delay in these negotiations has had a direct effect on production in New York. I urge you to acquaint yourself with the issues of this contract and recommend a “YES” vote.

I want to give my personal thanks to the New York officers who have stepped up in a major way to bring these contracts to the members for their consideration. Mike Hodge, current New York vice president, has served as vice chair on the Negotiating Committee, spending more than 50 days in Los Angeles guiding the process. The knowledge gained from Hodge’s service on several strategic committees made his participation invaluable. He deserves our thanks. Sue-Anne Morrow, current New York secretary, served as national chair for the Commercials negotiations. Her leadership in this joint negotiation was a determining factor in delivering this very important contract. Both Mike and Sue-Anne dedicate countless hours of their time in service to our union.

The recent passage of the New York State film and television tax incentives is another significant event for our membership. This would not have happened without a determined and coordinated lobbying effort from our sister unions, business and governmental groups. Tax incentives have proven to be effective not only in bringing work to our membership but also revenue to our state and city budgets. It was that reality that persuaded Albany to continue the tax incentive program even in these hard economic times. So far, tax incentives have brought $2.9 billion in production into the city and state. The recently passed program provides for $350 million in tax credits for future production. We anticipate that amount will be used quickly, so we will continue our efforts to convince Albany to make these incentives a permanent part of our state policy and budget. Current New York Board Member Richard Masur has proven to be a leader in this effort.

In addition to the contract campaigns, there is much going on for New York SAG members. Our spring membership meeting is on May 18. If scheduling permits, Interim National Executive Director David White will attend the meeting. I welcome the opportunity for more of you to hear David in person so he can tell you the many things that are going on in SAG. There are also MORE and MOVE committee meetings scheduled this month. These are terrific events that allow you to learn more about your Guild and get perspective about pursuing your profession.

The New York membership soon will have the opportunity to weigh in on critical issues facing the Screen Actors Guild. As your president, I am confident we have the potential to move our union in the right direction. We have the ability with our votes to move the interests of all our members forward. It’s time for us to get back to work now so we can prepare for the future.

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New York Division President Sam Freed and National Chair of the Commercials Contracts Negotiating Committee Sue-Anne Morrow invite you to attend the joint SAG/AFTRA member informational meeting in New York to learn more about the tentative agreement to the television and radio commercials contracts.

Hear about the proposed agreements and participate in the question-and-answer session. Ballots are in the mail and will arrive soon. Make your vote count and make an educated vote.

What: SAG/AFTRA informational meeting to discuss the terms of the proposed television and radio commercials contracts.
When: Thursday, May 14, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: AFTRA Boardroom, 7th Floor, 260 Madison Ave. (between 38th and 39th streets), New York, NY

If you have any questions, e-mail or call the commercials contracts national hot line at
(323) 549-6851.

Arrive early. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. You must show your SAG card to be admitted and be paid up through April 30, 2009.


When: Monday, May 18
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Director’s Guild of America, 110 West 57th St. (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY

AGENDA to include, but not limited to:
1. Introductory Remarks
2. New York President’s Report
3. New York Executive Director’s Report
4. Screening (time permitting)
5. New Business

Don’t miss this meeting! Get there early. Seating is limited.

Only active, paid-up (through April 30, 2009) SAG members in good standing will be permitted to attend. Current SAG membership cards required for entry.


Presentation and Q&A on the new TV/Theatrical Contract

When: Monday, June 1
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Director’s Guild of America, 110 West 57th St. (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY

Arrive early, seating is limited. You must show your paid-up (through April 30, 2009) SAG card to be admitted.


When: Wednesday, May 20
5:30-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m. No admittance after 6 p.m.)
Where: SAG Boardroom, 360 Madison Ave. (Entrance on East 45th Street)

If you’ve recently joined SAG or have not yet been able to attend a new member orientation, join us to learn all about the Guild and what it can do for you.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call (212) 252-4SAG (4724), option 1. You must bring your current SAG card and photo ID for admittance.


“How to Get and Keep an Agent”

When: Thursday, May 21
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 5 p.m. No admittance after 6 p.m.)
Where: SAG Boardroom, 360 Madison Avenue (Entrance on East 45th Street)

"How to Get and Keep An Agent" with Lisa Gold, author of the DVD, The Business of Show, Being Your Own CEO

• What are agents looking for, really?
• What’s your type and how to market yourself to the right agencies
• Making a great first impression
• The perfect cover letters, headshots and resumes
• The agency interview: know what to expect

Feel free to bring a copy of Casting Call (Ross Reports). Lisa will go through the New York agencies.

This seminar is for informational purposes and does not constitute Screen Actors Guild’s endorsement of any particular product, service or provider.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call (212) 252-4SAG (4724), option 2. You must bring your current SAG card and photo I.D. for admittance.


The New York Casting Access Project is a SAG Foundation program that provides union members with free workshops run by well-known casting directors. NYCAP sessions focus primarily on cold reading and on-camera audition technique.

To qualify for participation in this program, SAG members first must complete an orientation process that is conducted online and by mail. The next NYCAP orientation will begin on May 26.

Members first need to log on to the Foundation’s website and register for one of the available spaces. Once your SAG membership has been confirmed, you will be sent an e-mail with other requirements necessary to qualify for participation in the program.

Be sure to register your contact info on the Foundation’s website:

We will send you information about registering for the program a few days prior to the start date.

Don't miss this great opportunity!


"Audition: Actor-Singers, Singer Actors"
Presented by the SAG New York Friday Seminar Series

When: Friday, May 15
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: SAG Boardroom, 360 Madison Ave. (Entrance on East 45th Street)

Sign up began May 4.

Debra Wiley’s workshop will explore:
• How relaxation and concentration are essential to excellent performance;
• Why singing and acting auditions work best when approached the same way;
• How script analysis techniques reveal the message you must communicate; and
• Audition and on-camera tips all actor-singers and singer-actors need to know.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the number of people attending, and as time permits, as many prepared participants as possible may work on one self-provided song.

To be eligible to sing in this workshop, prepare and bring:
• Your own sheet music in the right key, in a binder, for the pianist; and
• Typed song lyrics on a separate page from your sheet music.

Debra Wiley is an internationally known acting teacher/coach, singing voice specialist and director. She has taught and directed performers at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, New York University and the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and teaches annual master classes in Europe. In her New York City private studio, Pro Singer/Actor, she specializes in the integration of acting and singing techniques. Ms. Wiley also works with medical specialists and speech therapists to help retrain singers in vocal recovery.

Sign up with conservatory number is required. In-person only—sorry, no phone registration. Missed the sign-up? Check at the door for openings. Show conservatory card at the door for admission.

To cancel call (212) 827-1448 to make space for another actor! Your fellow SAG members applaud your courtesy and professionalism.

You must be a paid-up, current New York Conservatory member to attend. Note: While we are delighted to engage guest speakers, SAG does not endorse any products or services for profit.


Not a New York Conservatory member yet? Join for only $20 a year.

See committees staff or call (212) 827-1448 for more information.

Check the information line and bulletin board for changes and future SAG New York Conservatory seminars/special events.

The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by the Guild of them or the information, material, products, or services provided. Neither the Guild nor AFTRA makes any warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers.