SAG-AFTRA releases statement on leaked Scotus Roe v. Wade doc

The talk and anger this week have been focused on the revelation that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade. The landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion has been in existence since 1973. Next year will be its 50th anniversary. Last Monday evening, the website Politico published a leaked draft, of … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA releases statement on leaked Scotus Roe v. Wade doc”

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”

SAG-AFTRA and BAFTA react to The Slap

On Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the 94th Academy Awards the festivities were interrupted by a violent altercation between one of the presenters and one of the Academy Award recipients. After Chris Rock made light of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss and shaved head with an insensitive and unscripted “joke”, Academy Award winner Will Smith … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA and BAFTA react to The Slap”

SAG-AFTRA releases statement on Ukraine invasion

In response to the Russian “War of Aggression” against Ukraine, SAG-AFTRA released a statement Friday night. The actors union urged donations to humanitarian groups, and expressed support for people in Russia protesting the unprovoked invasion. Read the statement below: “In these dark and uncertain times, with war returning to the European continent, SAG-AFTRA stands in … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA releases statement on Ukraine invasion”

WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE

The Writers Guild of America East, SAG-AFTRA, The Directors Guild of America, and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters are standing in solidarity with IATSE in its efforts to reach a new film and TV contract with the AMPTP Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. “On behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members working … Continue reading “WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE”

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”

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”

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 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””

SAG-AFTRA, AMPTP reach tentative agreement

Looks as if actors and actresses belonging to SAG-AFTRA will continue to talk and not walk as, according to Deadline, the union has reached a tentative agreement with AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers).

SAG-AFTRA’s current contract expired June 30 at midnight PT and had been extended each of the past three nights. If a deal hadn’t been reached, union leaders had vowed to ask their members for strike authorization.

“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.

WGA calls on producers to reconsider locations with anti-abortion laws

With the almost 50-year-old landmark decision Roe v. Wade teetering on being overturned by the Supreme Court, forward-thinking companies and organizations are now responding. Last week, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement while UTA and WPP pledged to support women’s rights. Now the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) has come out with their response. Founded in … Continue reading “WGA calls on producers to reconsider locations with anti-abortion laws”

LALIFF announces lineup for 2022 edition

Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, announced today the full lineup for this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) that will take place June 1 – 5 at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre and TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA. This year’s edition will open with Disney … Continue reading “LALIFF announces lineup for 2022 edition”

Will Smith resigns from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

In the wake of the incident that transpired on the stage of the 94th Academy Awards and the hurricane of excrement that followed, Will Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During Sunday night’s live broadcast of the Oscars, Will Smith went up on stage and slapped presenter … Continue reading “Will Smith resigns from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences”