LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2016) – Six-time Actor® nominee Tony Hale ("Veep,” "Arrested Development.") will join Vitalie Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger Artistic Director, to open the red carpet for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Saturday, Jan. 30, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. The annual Champagne Taittinger toast marks the opening of the Red Carpet and will be Champagne Taittinger’s 16th year celebrating achievements in film and television at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Following the Taittinger Toast, nominees and presenters for the 22nd SAG Awards will be greeted on the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani. It will be webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.comsagawards.org and People.com beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT), and will include SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard and SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announcing the honorees for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles.

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers also can watch through the networks' websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation.

Tony Hale received his sixth SAG Award ensemble nomination this year, the third time he has been nominated for his Emmy Award®-winning role on "Veep." The HBO series returns for Season 5 on April 24. Hale’s other three ensemble Actor® nominations were for “Arrested Development.” He will next be seen in “Veep” when it returns to HBO in April, Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers” and “Dominion” before being heard in the animated “Angry Birds.”

Said Vitalie Taittinger, “We’ve been supporting The Screen Actors Guild for the last sixteen years as the official Champagne sponsor of the awards and we couldn't be more thrilled. Champagne Taittinger is known around the world as the brand that defines the art of celebrating –- and the SAG Awards are really about actors celebrating other actors. My family is very happy and privileged to celebrate those special moments and toast to all these fine artists and their work with Champagne Taittinger.”

Champagne Taittinger’s Brut La Française NV will be served to attending entertainment industry luminaries at the SAG Awards ceremony and the post-awards Gala. Champagne Taittinger is the only Grand Marque Champagne house owned and run by a father, son and daughter team – fifth generation eponymous descendants of the original founding family.

About Champagne Taittinger 
Champagne Taittinger is one of the last remaining major marque Champagne Houses, both owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Champagne Taittinger is the second largest vineyard or domaine owner in the region giving them ultimate control of quality from vine to bottle. The Champagnes are Chardonnay dominant, which gives them their signature elegance, delicacy and finesse. Champagne Taittinger is widely distributed around the world in 140 countries. To learn more about Champagne Taittinger visit: http://www.taittinger.com/.

About the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers will also be able to watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit  sagawards.org/about.

Prior to the televised ceremony, honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances will be announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show, which will be webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.comsagawards.org and People.com beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT).

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. Members in good standing eligible to vote this year number 116,741. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.

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