Press Releases 2005

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Press Releases
Tue, 12/13/2005 - 07:22

Los Angeles (December 13, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild executive Ilyanne Morden Kichaven has been named to the senior-level post of Hollywood executive director, it was announced today by the Guild. An entertainment industry veteran and five-year Guild executive, Kichaven will work directly with the Hollywood Division board and the organization’s national executive director.

Mon, 12/12/2005 - 07:20

Los Angeles (December 12, 2005) --- Dancers need protection--and the Washington Ballet refuses to provide it. Despite ongoing negotiations, the Washington Ballet refuses to provide its dancers with any reasonable level of protection against injury, job security or professional respect.

The dancers want what any other employees want: a safe working environment, protection against discrimination, protection against mean-spirited, vindictive and arbitrary treatment, and a contract that guarantees their rights as employees and as great dancers.

Thu, 11/17/2005 - 12:15

Screen Actors Guild and The Screen Actors Guild Foundation thank all donors who generously provided aid to the numerous Guild members affected by the Gulf Coast hurricanes. To date, the SAG Foundation has provided more than $70,000 in hurricane relief assistance to members living in these areas.

This holiday season, please remember those in need. Your donation to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation will go a long way in making the holidays more pleasant for many families who have lost everything, especially those with children.

Tue, 11/01/2005 - 12:15

Los Angeles (November 1, 2005) --- Over the past decade, Screen Actors Guild has been examining and actively seeking solutions to combat runaway film and television production that have resulted in the loss of thousands of union member jobs.

At its October 24, 2005 meeting, the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors unanimously approved the following motion:

Sun, 10/23/2005 - 13:19

Los Angeles (October 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg today announced that National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger will be leaving his position, effective immediately, and that Peter Frank, currently the Guild’s chief financial officer, has been named interim national executive director. Rosenberg also announced the creation of a committee of the national board to conduct a search for a permanent replacement.

Sun, 10/23/2005 - 08:19

Los Angeles (October 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg today announced that National Executive Director/CEO Greg Hessinger will be leaving his position, effective immediately, and that Peter Frank, currently the Guild’s chief financial officer, has been named interim national executive director. Rosenberg also announced the creation of a committee of the national board to conduct a search for a permanent replacement.

Wed, 10/12/2005 - 08:56

Los Angeles (October 12, 2005) -- As the representatives for the creative community we embrace new technologies that expand distribution of material featuring the work of our members. The announcement today unveiling the Apple iPod represents the latest chapter in the ongoing technological evolution of our industry. We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members,but we look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work.

Wed, 10/05/2005 - 15:05

Despite Incremental Increase in Theatrical Production, Union Roles on Television Drop;
Episodic Television Takes Sharpest Fall

LOS ANGELES (October 5, 2005) – For the second year in a row, theatrical and television employment statistics point to a continuing overall loss of roles for performers, especially in the field of primetime television, according to the latest casting data released today by Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Fri, 09/30/2005 - 15:58

Los Angeles (September 30, 2005) – Following heavy lobbying by Screen Actors Guild, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed into state law legislation that will create stricter penalties for photographers who physically invade the privacy of those they are attempting to photograph or who commit assault in the pursuit of photographs.

Fri, 09/23/2005 - 14:04

Guild Announces Alan Rosenberg Elected New Guild President, Connie Stevens as New Secretary-Treasurer

Los Angeles (September 23, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced election results for the Guild’s National Board of Directors. Twenty-four of the 69 national board seats were contested in this election, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch Divisions. The vote tallies for each candidate are available at www.sag.org.

Thu, 09/15/2005 - 13:25

Actor® Nominations Will Be Announced Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles
12th Annual SAG Awards™ to Air on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006

Los Angeles, California – The deadline for consideration for nomination for this year’s coveted Actor® statuettes is fast approaching. Submission forms for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® must be filed by Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

Wed, 09/07/2005 - 08:28

New Toll Free Number Offers Help to Working Families - - 877-AFL-CIO9

(Gulf Coast, September 7) - - Victims of Hurricane Katrina can learn about jobs, get instant access to computers, benefit from their unions' health and welfare services and find basic relief at three new workers' centers which are being established today in Houston, Texas; Mobile, Alabama and Pearl, Mississippi.

Wed, 09/07/2005 - 05:58

Los Angeles (September 7, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced it is urging all of its professional actors to support members of the Canadian Media Guild, who have been locked out by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for almost four weeks. Management’s lockout of more than 5,000 media workers began on August 15 after the break off of talks between the union and employers. The Guild is making its announcement on the eve of the start of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Thu, 09/01/2005 - 14:23

LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2005) --- In response to Screen Actors Guild members looking to support those devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Guild—with help from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Actors’ Fund of America and the Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund—today announced it has taken steps to provide immediate assistance for union members in need.

Tue, 08/30/2005 - 07:38

Los Angeles (August 30, 2005) --- Screen Actors Guild announced today that emergency financial assistance is available to Guild members affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Guild's Miami office will help disburse money -- per standard requirements -- from the Motion Pictures Players Welfare Fund, an assistance program designed to help performers in need. Screen Actors Guild members impacted by the storm can also call The Actors' Fund of America, which will provide both emergency financial assistance and ongoing case management.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 15:19

Los Angeles (August 24, 2005) – Screen Actors Guild announced today it has mailed out national election ballots to its members. All ballots must be returned to the assigned post office box by 6:30 a.m. (PDT) September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.

Members who do not receive a ballot or wish to request a replacement ballot may call Screen Actors Guild’s Membership Department at (323) 549-6778.

Wed, 08/24/2005 - 13:11

Greenlight Oregon Will Help to Create Family Wage Jobs

Portland, Ore. (August 24, 2005) – Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Monday at a sound stage in Portland that creates the Greenlight Oregon program, which will strengthen Oregon's film and video industry and create family wage jobs by offering an incentive to production companies to shoot films, television shows and commercials here. Film and television stars Ed Asner, representing the Guild, and David Ogden Stiers, were on-hand for the signing, as was SAG Oregon national board member Mary McDonald-Lewis.

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