Philadelphia 2010:11

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


What: Where’s the Work? Workshops and Discussions
Who: SAG, AFTRA and AEA members
Led by: Casting directors, ad agency producers, independent filmmakers, talent agents
When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2011
Where: U.S. Steelworkers Building, Downtown Pittsburgh

Workshops include:
• New member workshop – headshots, resumes, professionalism on the set, your union benefits
• Marketing on the Internet – how to upload, download, compress and expand, create headshots/demo reels to casting sites
• Know your contracts – key provisions of AFTRA, SAG, AEA agreements
• Acting for the digital age, new media and green screen/videogame performing
• Taxes for actors
• On-camera acting/auditioning
• Auditioning for the theatre
• Voiceover workshop

Send your check for $25, made payable to “All-Day Talent Fair,” together with your completed registration form, to: AFTRA, 625 Stanwix Street, Suite 2007, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Be sure to include your e-mail address. Workshop registration will be completed by e-mail. REGISTRATION FEE AFTER DECEMBER 1 WILL BE $35. 

For a registration form or to ask questions, contact:
North Region Executive Frank Traynor
(215) 760-8535, (800) 724-0767

JANUARY 24, 2011

THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO SAG MEMBERS ONLY. Registration for the next New York Casting Access Project orientation starts online, at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s website, on Monday, January 24.

The registration period ends on Monday, January 31.

THERE IS NO EVENT TO ATTEND. This process is conducted via the Internet and by mail.

Completion of the orientation, which is mandatory, makes you eligible to participate in the free audition and cold reading workshops conducted on a monthly basis by well-known New  York casting directors.

If you’d like to receive additional details, please log on to and register your contact information.


Screen Actors Guild, in partnership with Project: Hollywood Cares, has announced the "A Touch of Home From Hollywood" program supporting U.S. troops this holiday season.

The SAG National Board of Directors is urging all SAG members to support U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season by making tax-deductible contributions to provide soldiers with global pre-paid calling cards to help them call home. In that spirit, many board members have already made personal contributions to support the effort. Through their generous donations, with the assistance of Project: Hollywood Cares, Screen Actors Guild members will ensure that American soldiers can connect with their loved ones throughout the holidays. A link can be found on the Guild’s website,, through December 31.

Project: Hollywood Cares distributes the products of the entertainment industry to support and boost the morale of America's military personnel for their dedicated service. In addition to the calling cards, PHC will further connect U.S. troops with a "touch of home" when they receive the wonderful movie, television and music performances of SAG members in DVDs and CDs collections sent by Project: Hollywood Cares.

“Screen Actors Guild members have long supported the military by lending their talent and time on USO tours, site visits, hospital visits and assembling care packages,” said SAG President Ken Howard. “When it was brought to the National Board’s attention that some of our soldiers don't have the means to call home for the holidays, we found a way to help.”

To participate online, visit and click on the “Touch of Home from Hollywood” icon on the homepage or visit the special "Touch of Home from Hollywood" web page at and click the “donate” link. After entering your credit card or PayPal information, be sure to enter "A Gift from a Screen Actors Guild member" in the gift options message area. All donations are tax deductible under applicable law.

Donations can also be mailed with check payable to:
Project: Hollywood Cares Inc.
CBS Studio Center
Supply Station Bldg. 2nd Floor
4024 Radford St.
Studio City, CA 91604
Attn: "SAG calling cards"


A Word from Our Branch President

By John Wooten

It is with great honor that I stand with you in representation of our membership. A charge that is not taken lightly, I am committed to bringing opportunity, resources and awareness to our Branch. As we march forward to unveil what the future may hold for our Guild, our economy and the effect on our industry overall, we will hold true to the foundations that first established our local Branch. We need not search far to find one of those foundations, as it lies in a simple quote from my predecessor, the great Tom McCarthy, who devoted many years of tireless service to the Guild: “I am an advocate for the Philadelphia actor.”

It is this cause that I will continue to forward for every member in our region while welcoming the new day that has come, bringing more opportunities to our fold. I thank you for your support as I take on this new office and for your loyalty to our union by always respecting Rule One.


Message from the New North Region Executive

By Frank Traynor

Greetings! My name is Frank Traynor and I’m the new North Region Executive for Screen Actors Guild, based in Philadelphia. I replaced Rick McKiddy. Like Rick, I have a varied background of experience; one that I am anxious to put to work for the Philadelphia Branch. My career has been in television and film – both in front of the camera and behind, and in many roles, from production to international distribution.

I want to thank all the members from the Delaware Valley who have contacted me already; I look forward to meeting many more in the months ahead. Building on what Rick started, I will be working closely with Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman. I intend to explore ways to encourage eligible actors to join our ranks, and for producers and franchised talent agencies to work with us so that we can attract opportunities for our members.

You can reach me at (215) 760-8535, (800) 724-0767 or Please let me know how I can serve your needs.

child labor law

Tom McNutt, Helen McNutt and Diane Heery at the Capitol steps in support of young performers.  

Pennsylvania Child Labor Law

By Marcia Fishman
Philadelphia Branch Executive Director

On September 23, the Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee held a public hearing for House Bills 19 and 2515. Both bills were created to improve child labor regulations. Representing Screen Actors Guild at the hearing was our own National Director, Government Relations & Policy Nancy Fox. Nancy testified to Screen Actors Guild’s long history of fighting to protect our young performers. While the bill is not perfect in its current form, Nancy cited specific items of the bill that could easily be amended to align better with SAG’s rules and regulations. The following former child actors also gave testimony on behalf of minors in our profession:  Paul Petersen (Donna Reed Show), president and founder of A Minor Consideration, along with Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie) and Jon Provost (Lassie). This trio came to Pennsylvania strictly based on their interest in the treatment of child actors. They discussed several issues, but particularly those that relate to children who are placed in reality shows.

I am happy to report that the committee members were both very interested and generally supportive of our testimonies. We will keep our Philadelphia Branch members informed of any future news that may impact our child actors and our industry as a whole. We look forward to continuing to work with our members, the sponsors, and the state of Pennsylvania to ensure that a strong, successful bill will be adopted. 

SF2: The SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase –

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL YOUR FILMMAKER FRIENDS. The SAG Foundation is now accepting submissions of short films for its next showcase that will be presented this coming January, here in New York.

All shorts must be produced under a SAG contract and should not run more than 15 minutes.

Priority in the selection process is given to films produced or directed by SAG members.

There is no entry fee, nor is there a charge to attend the screening.

For further information, please send a brief synopsis to We look forward to hearing from you!

Save The Date!

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 30, 2011, 8 - 10 p.m. Eastern. We will be having a viewing event on this evening starting at 7 p.m. The location for the viewing and directions will be coming to you soon via e-mail. Watch for further details.

Dues Reminder

If you haven’t done so already, please pay your dues today.  If you are not an active, paid-up member in good standing, you will not be able to serve on the council or committees in the future. You must also be paid to date to register on iActor, the Guild’s online casting program, which is now being used by casting directors nationwide. If you have any questions regarding your dues, please contact the Membership Department at (800) SAG-0767, prompt 2, or (212) 944-6243.

Branch Contact Information

Frank Traynor
North Region Executive
Screen Actors Guild
1800 JFK Boulevard
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA  19103
(800) 724-0767 or (215) 760-8535
Fax: (866) 226-6983 

Marcia Fishman
Philadelphia Branch Executive Director
(248) 351-2678
Fax: (248) 351-2679

Philadelphia Hotline
(212) 827-1420