Philadelphia 2010:08

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The Official E-Newsletter of the Philadelphia Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Philadelphia Branch
August 2010



Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild’s most prestigious accolade, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT.

In making the announcement August 18, Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said, “Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”

For more about the honoree, click here.


Who will be the next SAG Agent of the Month?

Hey, SAG performers! Are you represented by a terrific, franchised agent who you believe does not get the recognition that he or she deserves? Is your agent always there for you, guiding your career, advising you, watching your back, and generally being a mensch without much fanfare or praise? Well, now is your chance to change all of that!

Let us know why your agent is the best agent out there and he or she may be the next SAG Agent of the Month. Tell us (and the world) in your own moving way why your agent is special to you. Share with us your personal anecdotes/stories about how your agent deserves to be singled out and honored by the Guild. And, if chosen, SAG will run a picture of your agent (and you!) celebrating your agent’s star status as SAG Agent of the Month.

Mention this program to your fellow SAG performers, and keep those letters coming. We will choose a different agent at the start of every month and feature the honoree on SAG’s website for the world to see. With your help, your agent can finally get some richly deserved kudos!

Send entries by e-mail to, or by mail to:

SAG Agent of the Month
SAG Agency Department
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90036

We look forward to hearing from you!


A joint filing submitted to the Federal Communications Commission August 12 by a broad coalition of entertainment industry guilds, unions and studios, including AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, SAG and the MPAA, demonstrates that the entertainment industry has combined forces to speak with one voice on the issue of Internet theft.

The joint filing is in response to the FCC’s request for comments on a framework for broadband services, and addresses the possibility that the FCC will choose to reclassify the Internet as a telecommunications service subject to regulation under Title II.

The joint filing says, in part, “As creators of content, we realize that the theft of copyrighted works is the ultimate discouragement of content. The content protection measures that we have proposed only discourage the outright theft of copyrighted content, while protecting jobs and fostering creativity and American ingenuity. We believe that an open Internet offers tremendous promise for the proliferation of diverse audiovisual content, sound recordings, and myriad other forms of expression - it is those who break the law by exploiting these works without appropriately compensating their creators and financiers who discourage the creation of content.”

Click here to download complete filing.

mccarthy ceremony

For his 30 years of service, Ken Howard joins Tom McCarthy as he receives a citation from Marlene Goss, constituent representative for Philadelphia City Councilman William Greenlee. 

Farewell Message

By Tom McCarthy
Philadelphia Branch Council President

A look back: so many ups and downs, however more ups over 30 years as president of the Philadelphia Branch (which incorporates the whole state of Pennsylvania, the state of Delaware and Southern New Jersey). How proud we were when Philadelphia became an official Branch in the 1970s.

Ask an actor what he will miss most at retirement, and he will say the people and the work – not unlike stepping down as a Branch president in our union, our guild. The latter is what I’m doing, i.e., not retiring from the business. Thank God I have the next six months booked.

The council meetings, the special meetings, the travel to other Branches for annual meetings – over 30 years went by in a shot. Again, it was the people and the work of the union that was rewarding.

We in Philly shared an office for years with our sister union AFTRA, which worked terrifically because of the relationship with the staff from both unions. Because of the budget and the economy, we lost our office, which was subsequently replaced with one person in our area.

When I first started to attend meetings as an officer, it was perceived that New York and Los Angeles were the make-up of the union. But over the years, the representatives from the Branches worked hard to determine how important they were to the national health of a union. We should never forget that as council members and officers we represent all of our union’s more than 125,000 members. And I consider the Branches the heart of the union.

The best to all of you. I had a ball.

Keep up the good fight. Merge.

A Message from the National Board Representative

By Helen McNutt

Two entertainment unions under one umbrella, what an idea!

Philadelphia Branch Screen Actors Guild members have always supported SAG uniting with our sister union, AFTRA. Back in 2003, we worked for merger. It failed when the national vote fell short by 2 percent – 58 percent voted for merger, while 60 percent was needed for approval.

This fall, SAG and AFTRA will be working together on joint negotiations on our next theatrical and prime time TV contracts. 

Negotiating together is in our best interest.

Being under one umbrella, what a dream! And while we’re talking about union unity…

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Join Your Fellow SAG, AFTRA and AEA Members

23rd Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration

Monday, September 6, 2010

Order of Events: 

•  8 a.m. - Tri-State Labor Day Parade gathering at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall 

1301 S. Columbus Blvd. (at Columbus Blvd. and Washington Ave.)

Philadelphia, PA  19147

•  9 a.m. - Program

•  10 a.m. - Parade to Penn’s Landing Great Plaza at Columbus Blvd. and Market Street

•  11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO family celebration.

Food, refreshments, kids’ activities, make-and-take crafts.

Music featuring the Urban Guerilla Orchestra.


Free parking is available next to United Artists Movie Theater (under I-95, 1400 South Columbia Blvd).  Free trolleys will run BEFORE AND AFTER THE PARADE to shuttle people to and from the Great Plaza. The trolleys will depart from the Coast Guard gate next to the Sheet Metal Workers Building. Paid parking is available next to Penn’s Landing Great Plaza (Columbia and Market St.) for $10.

RSVP: Please reserve your space to march by calling Lynn Koenigsberg at the AFTRA office at (215) 732-0507. This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and the Tri-State Labor Day Parade Committee.

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pinning ceremony

Philadelphia Branch members line up for SAG pins from President Ken Howard.

The Pinning Ceremony

By Marcia Fishman

Philadelphia Branch Executive Director

As many of you know, the SAG Philadelphia Branch has celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. One very special commemoration was the meeting at Philadelphia City Hall on May 24. We were honored with two incredible guests: SAG National President Ken Howard and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. One highlight of the event was when Mayor Nutter ceremoniously presented a special tribute to President Howard, recognizing the history and excellent work of SAG members in Philadelphia. Another highlight was unexpected, however.  That was the pinning ceremony.

The pinning ceremony was suggested by our small event committee, and I readily agreed to help with the arrangements. But I did not expect the impact of such a ceremony. The idea was to invite new members to receive a new SAG pin from our national president – a chance that will not occur often at all. The attendance of new members was terrific, and they jumped to line up for their pins and pinning by President Howard. The aura of union pride was prevalent and emotional. We especially loved watching those new members who were very young and excited. After all, they are the ones who will carry such enthusiasm to the future – perhaps through the next 40 years of SAG.