SAG-AFTRA president Carteris responds to COVID-19

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris has released a video on the SAG-AFTRA website where she details the performer’s union response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The video, posted today, was sent via email to the union’s 160,000 members. SAG-AFTRA has already closed the national headquarters in LA to minimize exposure to and spreading the virus. “I want you to … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA president Carteris responds to COVID-19”

‘90210’s’ Carteris re-elected SAG-AFTRA President

After a bitter fight against challenger, Matthew Modine, Gabrielle Carteris and Camryn Manheim have been chosen by SAG-AFTRA’s national membership to fulfill the respective roles of president and secretary-treasurer, two of the union’s highest ranking offices. Their two-year terms begin today. Ballots for the national offices election were mailed to approximately 145,700 eligible voters on … Continue reading “‘90210’s’ Carteris re-elected SAG-AFTRA President”

SAG-AFTRA ratifies 2022 Commercials contracts

Ad agency creatives and producers, as well as production companies, can rest easy. Members of SAG-AFTRA today overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 2022 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the 2022 SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials Contract. The vote was 92.25% in favor. The agreement reflects important structural changes in the industry, especially in digital streaming commercials. The key … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA ratifies 2022 Commercials contracts”

Fran Drescher elected President of National SAG-AFTRA

From The Nanny to the President. Fran Drescher and Joely Fisher have been chosen by SAG-AFTRA’s national membership to fill the respective roles of president and secretary-treasurer, two of the union’s highest-ranking offices. Their two-year terms began immediately upon the certification of the ballot count today.  A total of 122,154 ballots were mailed. Of the … Continue reading “Fran Drescher elected President of National SAG-AFTRA”

SAG-AFTRA remembers Ed Asner

SAG-AFTRA has released a statement mourning the passing of former Screen Actors Guild President, SAG-AFTRA National Board member and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Edward Asner. He was 91. “There have been few actors of Ed Asner’s prominence who risked their status to fight for social causes the way Ed did,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA remembers Ed Asner”

Screen Actors Guild announces nominations

Nominees for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced by Lily Collins (Emily In Paris, Mank) and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, Blindspotting, The Good Lord Bird) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced … Continue reading “Screen Actors Guild announces nominations”

American Film Market kicks off with 562 exhibitors

Kicking off today, the American Film Market (AFM®) announced today that it will welcome the global industry with participants coming from 78 countries and 42 U.S. states – more countries than any AFM in the last decade.  To date, a record 562 Exhibitors are registered for AFM 2020 Online from 48 countries with the largest … Continue reading “American Film Market kicks off with 562 exhibitors”

AFM announces five-day programming lineup

The American Film Market today announced its initial speakers, topics, and programming calendar for AFM 2020 Online which begins next Monday, November 9.  The AFM’s opening Conference – The Future of Film – will launch with two marquee one-on-one conversations: Mark Gill, President and CEO of Solstice Studios, will take the online stage to discuss his views and predictions … Continue reading “AFM announces five-day programming lineup”

SAG-AFTRA Board approves agreement with AMPTP

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) National Board of Directors met today in a one-day videoconference plenary and approved the tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on June 11. Formal negotiations between the 29-member SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee and the AMPTP began on Monday, April … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA Board approves agreement with AMPTP”

SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative deal with AMPTP

With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic shutting the film and TV industries down for an almost catastrophic three months, the last thing anyone needs is a strike. Good news for performers and the rest of the industry. SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) announced in a joint statement on Thursday that … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA reaches tentative deal with AMPTP”

Paradigm signs 5-year franchise deal with WGA

Paradigm Talent Agency is the latest literary agency to sign a new franchise agreement with the Writers Guild of America, allowing the fifth largest talent agency to resume representation of its WGA-represented clients for the first time in nearly a year. The agency also noted that the deal makes it the first major talent agency engaged … Continue reading “Paradigm signs 5-year franchise deal with WGA”

Marvel Studios reportedly releases crews as of April 3

Hopefully, this chatter will turn out to be false, but right now there is talk making the rounds that Marvel Studios is shutting down production and releasing the crews associated with each project due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The studio has already paused production on the feature, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten … Continue reading “Marvel Studios reportedly releases crews as of April 3”

SAG Awards nominations announced

Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) and Danai … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA

The Writers Guild of America, East and West announced the election results of their 2019 Council election. While running unopposed, incumbent Beau Willimon (House of Cards), who represents the Unity Slate in the East, was re-elected president of the WGA East. His slate of running mates, who also support the guild’s five-month-long battle with the … Continue reading “Willimon, Goodman re-elected presidents of WGA”

Valerie Harper of ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Rhoda’

This is a sad news. Valerie Harper, the actress best known for playing outspoken neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern from 1970 to 1978 on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda, died Friday. She was 80. The news came from Harper’s husband Tony Cacciotti was posted on Twitter by their daughter, actress Cristina Cacciotti. My … Continue reading “Valerie Harper of ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Rhoda’”

SAG-AFTRA to set guidelines for nudity and intimacy

It has been a busy and productive weekend for SAG-AFTRA. First the actors union announced a huge deal with streaming giant Netflix regarding dramatic live-action production. Now, SAG-AFTRA announced on Sunday that it will collaborate with Alicia Rodis, the associate director and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International (IDI), the intimacy coordinators with IDI and other … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA to set guidelines for nudity and intimacy”

SAG-AFTRA signs historic deal with Netflix

Over the weekend, the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Netflix announced an industry-transformative contract covering dramatic live-action productions. The first-of-its-kind deal between the union and the global streaming service recognizes performance capture as covered work and includes coverage of dubbing, which applies to all of Netflix’s foreign-language live-action and animated … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA signs historic deal with Netflix”

SAG-AFTRA’s “Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment”

Last weekend, SAG-AFTRA released a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment as part of a broader program to protect its members and to confront harassment and advance equity in the workplace. Called, “The Four Pillars of Change,” it also sets forth clear expectations that SAG-AFTRA members will refrain from engaging in harassing conduct. Leading with … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA’s “Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment””

“Outrageous rollbacks” reignite SAG-AFTRA strike threat

Just when we thought we all could breathe again after the WGA and the studios and networks came to terms on a new contract, The Wrap, Variety and Hollywood Reporter all report that talks have broken down over a new three-year contract between SAG-AFTRA and the AMTMP. SAG-AFTRA’s current master contract for film and primetime TV expires June 30. The union has about 160,000 members.