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Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:23

Jane Austin

Dear Member,

As we begin 2018, I am proud to see SAG-AFTRA members and staff aggressively leading the charge to keep our members safe in an industry that often has our members working in unpredictable and precarious circumstances. Safety is the word for the year and our union is pushing forward with several initiatives to protect our members.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:30

Twenty-five Pace University performing arts and theater seniors visited SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Jan. 5 for a Union 101 seminar with SAG-AFTRA Executive Director, Los Angeles, Ilyanne Morden Kichaven to get an inside look at the union and its role in the film industry. The student group, visiting from New York, was on an educational tour of Los Angeles designed to bridge their academic study and performance in theater to the industry.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:24

Last fall, SAG-AFTRA’s L.A.-based News & Broadcast staff launched a mentorship program, inviting students from numerous colleges and universities across the Southland, and more than 45 attended. The program featured distinguished local TV and radio broadcasters Dave Lopez (KCBS/KCAL2), Patrick Healy (KNBC4), Oswaldo Borraez (KMEX34), Julio Cesar Ortiz (KMEX34), Mike Sakellarides (KTWV), Chris Little (KFI), Margaret Prescod (KPFK), and Priska Neely and Michelle Faust (KPCC).

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:55

If your performance in a film will include nudity, partial nudity or simulated sex acts, be sure that you or your representatives have negotiated a nudity rider with production. The nudity rider should include a detailed description of the scene(s), the type of nudity or physical contact required, limitations on use of the footage and production stills (if any), and any other conditions that you and a producer have agreed upon. Remember, even if you have signed a nudity rider, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time prior to filming of the scene.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:22

Nearly a hundred millennial SAG-AFTRA members checked in at Burbank’s Story Tavern for a NextGen Performers networking mixer on Jan. 30. The young members subcommittee organizes mixers specifically tailored to members ages 18–35, providing them with an opportunity to meet one another, brainstorm projects and ideas, and build a supportive working community in a challenging industry. As in past mixers, which have included taco Tuesdays, bowling outings and drag queen bingo, snacks and activities were complimentary and a cash bar was available for beverages. 

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:10

National and L.A. Local Board member William Charlton with L.A. Local Board members Spencer Garrett and Dawnn Lewis celebrate creativity, originality and talent in casting television, film and theater productions at the Casting Society of America’s 2018 Artios Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 18.

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:04

A festive Los Angeles singers mixer and caroling session, organized by the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Singers Committee, was held at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Dec. 19. Prior to the mixer, attendees brought holiday cheer to staff, visiting each floor to perform Christmas carols and other holiday songs, all acapella. Each year, this effort brightens the faces of SAG-AFTRA employees and follows a committee directive to give back to staff.

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:05

To celebrate the arrival of new contract books, the Los Angeles Commercials Department hosted an open house for signatory producers, payroll companies, production companies, casting directors and agents on Jan. 22. The event was well attended and provided a unique opportunity for the union to build stronger relationships with our industry partners. Be sure to get your hands on a copy of the new commercial contract book and familiarize yourself with the details. Knowledge is power and ours is a strong membership!

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:59

For SAG-AFTRA members who use their voices to make a living, there are few professional issues more important than maintaining healthy vocal chords. On Jan. 27, SAG-AFTRA partnered with the Osborne Head & Neck Institute to offer a unique one-day workshop on how to protect — and get the most out of — these two tiny folds of tissue.

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:52

The SAG-AFTRA MOVE L.A. Committee presented Career Marketing Now!, a panel featuring seasoned casting directors, actors and talent managers who provided inside tips and marketing wisdom to members at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Nov. 16. Each panelist shared experiences regarding the casting process and provided practical hints on how to create a polished first impression with casting directors as well as with potential representation.

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:45

Dozens of SAG-AFTRA members joined the estimated 750,000 Angelinos in participating in the Second Annual Women’s March Los Angeles in downtown L.A. on Jan. 21. The SAG-AFTRA contingent surrounded the prominent SAG-AFTRA banner and was led by President Gabriel Carteris, Secretary-Treasurer and L.A. Local President Jane Austin, and Executive Vice President and New York Local President Rebecca Damon, the union’s top three officers. Joining SAG-AFTRA at the march were members of sister media and entertainment unions WGAW, IATSE and AFM.

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:30

The #AdsGoUnion campaign, in collaboration with the NextGen Performers Subcommittee, held a Jan. 25 educational panel acquainting millennial union members with the current landscape of commercials performing. The event, which took place at SAG-AFTRA Plaza, was moderated by actor Katie Von Till and subcommittee Chair Ben Whitehair, both Local Board members. Panelists included performer Brent Bailey, Casting Director Francene Selkirk, Talent Agent Jennifer York and SAG-AFTRA Associate Commercials Strategist Shaine Griffin.

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:20

More than a thousand spirited SAG-AFTRA members gathered to enjoy holiday festivities at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Dec. 13. Elected leaders, including President Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, and Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin, greeted attendees. Everyone was delighted to celebrate with their colleagues and indulge in a delicious holiday meal, eggnog and holiday treats. Spicing up the winter cheer were the beautiful tree in the Plaza lobby’s, elegant décor and a choir of wintertime carolers.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:50

SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin joined former U.S. Rep. and foreign ambassador Diane Watson in supporting We Are America: A Musical Salute to Our Veterans at the Madrid Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 21. Produced by active union member Pink Lady Jackie Goldberg, the patriotic variety show, which features only senior performers, provides an opportunity for members to showcase their talents and is meant to draw awareness of the struggle older performers face when looking for work.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:19

A delegation of SAG-AFTRA leaders joined more than 1,000 community and labor leaders as well as elected officials to commemorate civil rights accomplishments at the annual L.A. County Federation of Labor’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Breakfast on Jan. 20. The event’s keynote speaker, Vanita Gupta, who formally served as the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, is currently president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Others who spoke included Rusty Hicks, president of the L.A.

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:54

LOS ANGELES (September 13, 2017) – After a thorough investigation, Region 31 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Los Angeles will move forward with a formal complaint on unfair labor practice charges filed by SAG-AFTRA against Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS)owner of two popular Los Angeles Spanish-language music stations, LA RAZA (KLAX/KXOL 97.9 FM) and MEGA (96.3 FM). 

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:55

Over 100 members headed to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in downtown Los Angeles on April 25 for Millennial Voices of Diversity: The Next Generation of Hollywood, a high-profile panel of ethnically diverse millennial actors who discussed their experiences managing budding careers. Panelists included stunt performer Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez (The Fate of the Furious) and actors Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Danny Pudi (Community), Justin Chon (Twilight series) and Sujata Day (Insecure).

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:41

The SAG-AFTRA Commercials Department held an informational panel and review session with members at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on June 20. The Commercials 101 presentation covered a wide range of contractual information, such as rates, terminology, what to expect after booking and cautionary tales. The information was broken into easy-to-understand parts, separated by five-minute breaks, during which members had the chance to win union swag by answering trivia questions.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:31

Dubbed L.A.’s best kept secret, the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory is a benefit offered exclusively to union members. For a nominal fee, members can participate in classes, seminars and panels that cover a variety of industry-related subjects. Los Angeles Conservatory programs are held on the American Film Institute campus, located in historic Los Feliz and, for the first time this year, at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on L.A.’s Miracle Mile. 

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:12

SAG-AFTRA Industry Relations’ monthly series, Let’s Talk About It: Inside the Industry continues to captivate packed houses at SAG-AFTRA Plaza. Frequently hosted by Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Shwartzel, two recent panels continued that success. On May 24, producer John Beug screened his latest music documentary, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary at SAG-AFTRA Plaza. The film, which has received stellar reviews and was selected for several film festivals, drew scores of SAG-AFTRA members, particularly those from the Los Angeles singers community.

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:00

The SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory’s devoted instructors gathered at SAG-AFTRA Plaza for an appreciation dinner on the evening of May 24. This yearly dinner is held to thank the generous individuals who keep the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory alive for the time and effort they contribute. The educational programs they teach are offered solely to Conservatory members and cover a variety of subjects, from voiceover work and audition prep to self-promotion and resume building.

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:54

As part of the member-driven Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, member volunteers have been connecting with performers, both current union members and pre-members, in the improv communities in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. The most recent outreach in Los Angeles took place at Westside Comedy on April 23 and at the Laugh Factory on May 22. At both events, members participated in a panel discussion on the benefits of SAG-AFTRA and its commercials contracts and the disadvantages of working non-union. 

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:01

SAG-AFTRA members and staff kick off LGBT Pride Month by showing their support for equality and human rights on June 11. The union’s National LGBT Committee organized a team of more than 40 members who met in Hollywood to walk in solidarity for peace and civil rights for all.  

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:21

Tune In to SAG-AFTRA Summer Radio Plays

The summer season kicked off with two back-to-back old-time radio performances at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles on June 1. Organized by the SAG-AFTRA Radio Plays Committee, the evening began at 7:30 with The Summer People, a psychological thriller segment from CBS Radio Mystery Theater. The story revolves around an artistic couple looking for a tranquil place to hone their craft, but instead they discover an eerily picturesque town from which they cannot leave. 

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:34

Made exclusively for members, the SAG-AFTRA app lets you track residuals, keep tabs on specific projects, read the latest news, add events to your calendar, find the answers to key contract questions and snag special deals. A SAG-AFTRA card has long been the mark of true entertainment and media professionals. Now the SAG-AFTRA app gives you a powerful toolkit that can assist your career at every stage.

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:33

The SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local Military Personnel & Families Support Committee is planning upcoming events specifically tailored to SAG-AFTRA members who are veterans. If you are a veteran or interested in attending MPFS Committee events, please send your name and contact information along with your SAG-AFTRA membership number to mpfs@sagaftra.org. Please note that union rules apply. Only paid-up active members of SAG-AFTRA may attend. Your privacy is protected.

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:29


Award-winning actor Jim Piddock, right, talks with WSJ reporter Erich Schwartzel about his life and accomplishments on Jan. 12 at SAG-AFTRA Plaza.

The Industry Relations department kicked off the new year with two more great events in its Let’s Talk About It: #InsideTheIndustry series led by host and entertainment reporter Erich Schwartzel of The Wall Street Journal.  

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:25

LA Health Fair
Our annual SAG-AFTRA Health Fair, put on by the Health Care Safety Net Committee, served 1,400 members at SAG-AFTRA Plaza in Los Angeles on May 3. The union provided free access to more than 70 health service vendors of both traditional and alternative medicines. Services included vision screenings, message therapy, dentistry, mammograms and much more.

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:24

In early March, as part of ongoing outreach for the Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, the union met with a small but dynamic group of industry professionals to foster better communication, create a closer-knit community and solidify positive working relationships with industry partners. The discussion centered around how each of us are impacted by the changing commercials industry landscape and the importance of creating opportunities for all parties to be heard. We expect to do many more of these roundtable events in the coming months.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:11

Job panel
Moderated by actor and Move L.A. Committee event chair Richard Fancy, the Feb. 16 panel Sweet Spot: Audition Strategy and Job Clarity at SAG-AFTRA Plaza included author Jordan Goldman, manager Liz York, actor-director Bob Telford, and Better Call Saul cast member and Los Angeles Local Board member Patrick Fabian.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:57

Rules of the Industry panel
Moderated and organized by Move L.A. Committee event chair Wednezday Ryan, the Unspoken Rules of the Industry panel held on March 9 at SAG-AFTRA Plaza included actor Jon Huertas (This Is Us); award-winning casting director John Frank Levey; Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes); director Bethany Rooney; and producer Llewellyn Wells. Photo by Highlywood Photography. 

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:51

On Feb. 22 at SAG-AFTRA Plaza in Los Angeles, the union’s national Spanish-Language Media Committee, chaired by Hernan de Beky, presented a panel titled Show Me the Money: The Exciting World of Spanish-Language Dubbing to a packed house. The event, which brought together female Spanish-language dubbing artists, was co-sponsored by the Television and Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity departments.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:47

On Feb. 2, about the same time Punxsutawney Phil’s head came poking out of his central Pennsylvania groundhog home, the SAG-AFTRA Radio Players production team was loading into the Wells Fargo Theater, located at the Gene Autry Heritage Museum in Griffith Park, in preparation for the 21st recreation of two old-time radio scripts.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:41


Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg on the DGA stage discussing the filming of Florence Foster Jenkins and the real-life woman on whom the story was based in a Film Society Q&A following an Aug. 5 screening of the film. 

The SAG-AFTRA Film Society is excited to announce that 2017–2018 registration is now open! Don’t miss one of the best deals in town! 

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:37

HATS Committee
Honors and Tributes Committee Chair Jenny O’Hara and Committee Vice Chair Mimi Cozzens present the family of the late John Harlan with an award for his 40-plus years of service as “the prince of announcers” at the annual Los Angeles membership meeting at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank on March 12.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:28

Beginning with last November’s intermingled NextGen Performers and SAG-AFTRA Conservatory mixer at Los Feliz’s Rockwell Table and Stage, the NextGen Performers have been on a roll with several popular events that regularly bring the union’s up-and-coming performers together. Since January, the NGP committee has organized three more gatherings at trendy locations around Los Angeles in which young members, some still new to the union, have been able to get to know their staff and network with fellow members while learning about various facets of the industry in popular L.A. locations.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:17

Strike rally
SAG-AFTRA members and supporters, including Iqbal Theba, Phil LaMarr, Keythe Farley, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice President Rebecca Damon, SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin and National Executive Director David White sing with the crowd at the strike rally at the La Brea Tar Pits on Feb. 2.

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 14:33

As part of an on-going contract campaign, a contingency of members, staff, impacted SBS unit employee/s participated in the annual Los Angeles May Day rally on May 1 to show solidarity for members fighting for a fair, first contract with Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS). SBS has refused multiple times to bargain over wages.

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:27

APRIL 2017 – SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

ONLINE SUBMISSION DEADLINE 02/06

Please share this information with all your filmmaker friends! 
 
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is now accepting submissions from filmmakers residing in all states west of the Mississippi for its April 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Showcase. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Monday, February 6, 2017. No deadline waiver.

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:07

Signatory: The Bowmans
Location: Orange County, CA
Shoot Dates: Monday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Feb. 3

The Bowmans Film Production is casting for their independent feature film.

Logline: When a torrential storm engulfs the city, a self-righteous pastor is shell-shocked when his wife of 20 years serves him with divorce papers, leaving him scrambling to save his marriage while trapped in the family home with their disgruntled adult children.

Seeking performers able to portray the following: