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June 16, 2009

SAG Watchdog report

Joosten Time, Another in the Watchdog (Back to Work Series.) “They’re ready for their Tuna Sandwiches, Mr. DeMille!” .: . Date: Tuesday 6/16/2009 Well the promise has materialized, ah, well some of it anyway, SAG actors get back to work UNDER UNION CONTRACTS on the Internet. You all remember, how Tom Hanks and his “go-along-to-get-along” pals told rank and file actors how this was a smart contract. Oh, and union-hating award winning actress Kathy Joosten telling you–on that SAG Vote “Yes” video–that “non union did not mean no pay.” Well maybe, but what she didn’t tell you was that a SAG union project for new media did. (Click to see her video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRau1r-SZb4 Yes, Hollywood is back to work under the new contract pushed by the compliant USAN New York and branches leadership, along with Ned “Uncle Joe” Vaughn and his UFS party. Well, Ned said, “This contract would help actors feed their familes.” I’m really not sure how that will happen in this case, ah, unless they get to take home some of Kathy Joosten’s scraps. “They’re ready for their Tuna sandwiches, Mr. DeMille!” — Nurses Who Kill Internet, SAG Posted: 6/15/2009 ________________________________________ Union Status SAG Rate SAG New Media Contract, credit-meals-and-opportunity to work with an award winning team Submissions Due By 6/19/2009 Shoot/Performance Dates 6/26/2009, 6/27/2009, 7/3/2009, 7/6/2009 Shoot/Performance Location TBA Los Angeles Shoot/Performance Dates Note All background roles will be featured and receive close-ups. Submission Due By Note All actors must be SAG Synopsis Two nurses moonlight as assassins. In each episode, deliciously dark comedy unfolds, as this pair of mismatched hit-women attempt to right the wrongs done to their clients. Project Notes “Nurses Who Kill…” was created by multiple award-winning writer and actress Ann Noble, and actress/producer Chane’t Johnson (Without a Trace, Girlfriends, LAX, ER ) who’ll also star. Cast also includes Emmy-winning actress, Kathy Joosten(West Wing) and Tony-nominated triple-threat, Valarie Pettiford (Fosse, Stomp the Yard, Half and Half). The series will be directed by Katy Garretson (Frasier, Girlfriends, and George Lopez). Audition Note Casting directly from online submissions and possible phone interview. Role submit 3 MORE ONLOOKERS / SAG / “Sunday, June 27th” / Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities / 25-80 3 Onlookers for a news cast, different faces from June 26th Wardrobe: Talent to bring 3 choices of outfits Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 11:48:00 AM Other Roles Fit-For-Me submit 15 HIGH SOCIETY PARTY WOMEN / SAG / “Monday, July 6th” / Background / Female / All Ethnicities / 45-80 Distinguished, wealthy, high society socialites. Orange County WASPs at a Republican tea party. People who look perfect will get close-ups. Wardrobe: Pastels, no yellow, no white. Talent to bring 3 choices of outfits. Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:24:00 PM submit DOCTOR / SAG / “Friday, July 3rd” / Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities / 40-60 Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:20:00 PM submit HOSPITAL PATIENT / SAG / “Friday, July 3rd” / Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities / 25-80 Wardrobe: Hospital Gown Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:18:00 PM submit 3 ONLOOKERS / SAG / “Friday, June 26th” / Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities / 25-80 3 Onlookers during a news cast Wardrobe: Talent to bring 3 choices Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 10:40:00 AM Other Current Roles submit 9 HIGH SOCIETY PARTY MEN / SAG / “Monday, July 6th” / Background / Male / All Ethnicities / 45-80 Distinguished, wealthy, high society socialites. Orange County WASPs at a Republican tea party. People who look perfect will get close-ups. Wardrobe: Talent to bring 3 choices of outfits – colorful outfits preferred, no yellow, no white. Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:25:00 PM submit WAITER 2 / SAG / “Monday, July 6th” / Background / Male / All Ethnicities / 35-45 The perfect, seasoned waiter. He’s almost a butler. There will be close-ups on him. Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:22:00 PM submit CAMERA GUY / SAG / “Friday, July 3rd” / Background / Male / All Ethnicities / 30-39 Wardrobe: Talent to bring 3 choices of outfits Rate: Credit-meals and the opportunity to work with an award-winning team Role Added 6/15/2009 12:21:00 PM — And don’t talk to me about low budget SAG films, or student films. SAG Low budget films have a minimum guarantee, and more pay if the project succeeds. (The new media provision has a stipulation that SAG will not interfere.) and these are definitely not neophytes, just getting started. If this project succeeds, Joosten and her friends will be amply rewarded. As to those SAG members that worked for food, maybe they will send them napkins in lieu of residuals. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning under the current “let’s just keep working” SAG leadership mentality. The vote “Yes” crowd kept telling us about hard times. Well, now they’ve got actors working for Depression wages under a SAG contract, “Will work for food.” Hmmm…and here I thought that in California, employers at least had to pay minimum wage. I guess not as long as it’s a SAG Union Contract with a “Covered” performer. Hey, but you know that it’s gonna’ be a great artistic triumph if every background actor is going to get a close-up. A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief

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