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Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:10

Save the date! The Conservatory Committee of the New Orleans Local will host its fourth Scene to Screen (S2S) on Monday, June 11. Our S2S encourages local screenwriters to hear professional actors read their screenplays while offering SAG-AFTRA actors an opportunity to hone their cold reading skills and network with fellow union members.

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:35

The SAG-AFTRA New Orleans Local Conservatory Committee hosted a Scene to Screen (S2S) reading of David Margulis’ screenplay Maw Maw’s Goo. The reading occurred at Second Line Studios in the Lower Garden District on March 19.

The local’s third S2S gave 19 local SAG-AFTRA members the opportunity to read roles from Maw Maw’s Goo. The S2S format allows local SAG-AFTRA actors to hone their cold-reading skills and network with fellow union members. It also encourages local screenwriters to hear professional actors read their screenplays.

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:54

Diana Boylston

As your local president, I want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of your membership in Louisiana and Mississippi. Here are some tips I’d like to share about the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the new direct deposit option for TV/Theatrical residual payments.

Here are two steps to participate in more SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs, in-person or online:

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:09

SAG-AFTRA members and staff attended the inaugural Louisiana Entertainment Summit in Baton Rouge on March 27 to celebrate the state’s motion picture and music tax incentive programs. The main takeaway from the event was “Film = Jobs.” There are currently 17 productions filming in the state, employing principal and background actors. NCIS: New Orleans alone has spent $6 million on wages for background actors over the past four years.

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:04

More than 65 SAG-AFTRA members participated in a SAG-AFTRA Foundation event held at the University of New Orleans on March 24–25. Casting directors Christian Kaplan, Jason Kennedy, Brent Caballero and Matthew Morgan, along with voiceover artist Paul Liberti, led sessions that allowed members to display their talents and get advice from these working professionals.

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 14:56

The Conservatory Committee helps to develop and coordinate events such as Scene to Screen and other educational programs. If you’re interested in serving on the New Orleans Conservatory Committee, email neworleans@sagaftra.org with “Conservatory Committee” in the subject line. Please include your professional name and phone number, so Conservatory Chair Artemis Preeshl may contact you.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:53

Join thousands of SAG-AFTRA members from across the country sharing their union pride. Share a photo of you with your membership card — or even a video — and your photo may be shown on the website, at an upcoming member meeting or in a SAG-AFTRA publication! For more information on how to submit your story, click here.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:36

Download the SAG-AFTRA app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone or tablet to find out the current projects shooting in Louisiana or Mississippi. Once you sign in to your account, you will be able to easily see production listings for the New Orleans Local, as well as for other locals. Production updates are also regularly posted on the local web page here. Again, you need to be logged into your account to access this information.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:28

The #AdsGoUnion commercials organizing initiative is a member-driven campaign working to protect and increase union commercial work. With the help of SAG-AFTRA members like you, we can promote and enforce our contracts, including the New Orleans Local Regional Code. We also engage members and potential members in our organizing efforts by spreading the word about the benefits of SAG-AFTRA membership and the importance of not working off the card.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:15

New Orleans has a new regional commercials code created for commercials made and played in Louisiana and Mississippi. Producers of local and regional ads can expand their talent pool to hire professional SAG-AFTRA members at affordable rates. Click here for rates and more information about the New Orleans Local Regional Code.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:09

The John Bernecker Memorial Foundation for Stunt Safety was established by members of the stunt community as a tribute to John after his untimely death. The Foundation is still in the early stages of development, so please look over the videos and photos and keep checking back for updates. The website can be found at livelikejohnbernecker.com.

The John Bernecker Memorial Foundation is not affiliated with SAG-AFTRA or the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:08

The Conservatory Committee of the SAG-AFTRA New Orleans local will offer the second annual Scene to Screen event in the dining room at the Milton Latter Library (5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA) on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, from 5:30–7:45 p.m. SAG-AFTRA members interested in participating in the live reading of a new screenplay may RSVP at neworleans@sagaftra.org.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:07

The SAG-AFTRA website clearly states the union’s policy on sexual and other types of harassment and discrimination. More information may be found here.

Here are the three things you should always keep in mind when you are auditioning or meeting with your agent or anyone else connected to a production. This applies before or after you are hired, no matter what capacity you're working in:

If you see something wrong, tell your union.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:01

Diana Boylston, president of the New Orleans Local, and Local Board member Robert Bennett received awards at the NOLA Voice Talent (NVT)/Background Actors Guild (BAG) 2017 Hollywood South Awards presentation held on Nov. 4. Boylston  received the NVT Louisiana Movie Actor Award 2017 “in recognition of individual talent and commitment to the movie, theater, broadcasting and voiceover industries in Louisiana and region.” Bob Bennett was awarded BAG’s Clark Bradshaw Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:25

*Updated with important insurance claim information.

Emergency Assistance for SAG-AFTRA Members Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Residents of Texas and Louisiana are currently experiencing record floodwaters which have taken lives and continue to cause unprecedented damage in the region due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:19

On Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, the ballot tabulation of the New Orleans Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:13

Charles Ferrara 

New Louisiana Film Tax Credit Bill Signed by the Governor 

By Charles Ferrara

As you are probably aware by now, thanks to the periodic updates shared with us by the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association, the new film tax credit bill, Senate Bill 254, was introduced by Sen. J. P. Morrell and successfully approved by the Louisiana Legislature in the recent legislative session. The governor signed the bill June 16.

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 09:15

Dear Member,

We are saddened to inform you that stunt performer John Bernecker has passed away after sustaining an injury on the set of The Walking Dead in Georgia. John, a member of the New Orleans Local, died Friday. He reportedly fell from a balcony while rehearsing a fight scene on Wednesday. 

SAG-AFTRA sends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. 

The safety of our members is SAG-AFTRA’s highest priority. The union will work with authorities and monitor the investigation into the incident.

In unity,



Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:27



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.