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September 1, 2009

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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

June 4, 2009

Make Your Voice Heard This Week (June 1, 2009)

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Just like your National Board and negotiators, Tom Hanks believes the TV/Theatrical tentative agreement is a smart deal and a pro-active move for SAG members. Please go to http://www.sag.org to see a short video of Tom explaining why he voted YES. You can also view other newly added videos (including this one on protecting your future in New Media: http://www.sag.org/protect-your-future-new-media ) and sign the TV/Theatrical Statement of Support which can be found at: http://www.sag.org/tvtheatrical-statement-support . If you haven’t voted yet, please find your ballot, VOTE YES, and mail it right away. The June 9th deadline is approaching fast, and every vote counts. If you believe it is time for SAG to move forward, YOU must act – don’t leave this crucial decision to others. Make sure your vote arrives in time to be counted. Ballots should be mailed NO LATER than June 6th. AFTRA Board Elections AFTRA members: your board election ballots must be mailed TODAY – the deadline is 9AM Wednesday, June 3rd. UFS urges you to vote for the candidates of the AFTRA Leadership Team. For more information and a complete voting guide, go to http://www.aftraleadershipteam.com MPTF Rally TODAY Hollywood members: There is a rally Monday June 1st in Woodland Hills from 4:30 – 8:00 PM to support efforts to keep the Motion Picture Television Fund long-term nursing care facility open. The planned closure of the facility has caused deep concern throughout the entertainment community, and this rally is a valuable opportunity to make your voice heard. For more information and full details visit: http://www.uniteforstrength.com/MPTFrally.pdf . – UNITE FOR STRENGTH – Want to support a YES vote on the SAG TV/Th contract? By volunteering just a couple of hours as a phone bank caller, you can help spread the word about the importance of voting YES. Volunteers are needed now through Jun. 5, so please contact SAG right away if you can help. Call Nayla Wren at 323-549-6592 or Jackie Perez at 323-549-6894 or email nwren@sag.org with the subject ‘Volunteer.’

June 2, 2009

Variety: Can Stars Break SAG Stalemate? (MAR. 19, 2009)

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Can stars break SAG stalemate?

Guild, AFTRA ad talks will resume

By DAVE MCNARY

 

Despite recent nudges by Tom Hanks and other high-profile thesps, SAG and the congloms have stayed silent about their long-stalled film-TV negotiations.

The Screen Actors Guild has yet to officially acknowledge informal moves by Hanks, George Clooney and other stars to persuade the congloms to find a compromise on the issue of when the SAG’s master feature-primetime contract would expire.

 

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has also not commented on the moves by the stars, but people close to the situation have indicated that the stars’ foray is being taken seriously. Hanks and Clooney backed the moderate coalition that’s in control of SAG’s national board on key occasions — by urging SAG a year ago to start talks early and by coming out against a strike authorization in December.

SAG’s current deal expired nearly nine months ago, on June 30, when the AMPTP made its final offer to SAG. The two sides nearly reached a deal on Feb. 19, but those talks collapsed over the contract expiration date — with SAG pushing for a mid-2011 expiration in line with the terminations of the DGA, WGA and AFTRA deals while the AMPTP insisted on a full three-year term with a 2012 expiration.

SAG’s negotiating task force, installed by the moderate coalition that controls SAG’s national board, agreed to all other parts of the congloms’ “last, best, final” offer on Feb. 19.

Separately, SAG and AFTRA are set to return to the bargaining table today in New York to negotiate their commercials contract with the ad industry following a one-week recess. The unions, which face a March 31 expiration, haven’t commented on those negotiations since they launched on Feb. 23, but the lead negotiator for the industry has issued a note of “cautious optimism” about the progress of the talks.

“Contrary to reports, the talks are not at a standstill, nor are they contentious or nerve wracking,” said Douglas Wood in a statement issued Friday. “In truth, the two sides continue to strive for a solution and are working together to find common interests on which agreements can be made. And while there are certainly some sensitive issues… progress has been made every day we’ve met.”

Wood also said the two sides are discussing the models proposed in a joint study that explored the impact of new media and that negotiations are looking at more than 60 proposals.

“We’ve resolved many of them and are fast getting down to those that have the most economic impact,” he added. SAG and AFTRA struck against the ad industry for six months in 2000 in what was the longest strike in Hollywood history.

 Link here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118001253.html?categoryid=1066&cs=1


 

Variety: SAG Eyes TV/Film Pact (MAR. 19, 2009)

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SAG eyes TV/film pact

Top brass reassure members of effort

By DAVE MCNARY

 


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SAG’s top exec has reassured thesps he’s trying to break the stalemate with congloms on the feature-primetime contract.

 

“While the rigorous confidentiality required in negotiation settings prevents me from providing a full update here, I want to assure you that we are working deliberately, and with as much haste as possible, to conclude our talks and bring to you, the members, a deal for your ratification,” said national interim exec director David White in a message sent to members Tuesday evening.

White said there are no dates scheduled for a return to formal negotiations. “However, our negotiators are active behind the scenes,” he added.

Communication with members was White’s first other than a message he sent when Doug Allen was ousted as national exec director on Jan. 26.

The Screen Actors Guild has yet to acknowledge informal moves by Tom Hanks and other high-profile thesps to persuade the congloms to find a compromise on the issue of when SAG’s feature-primetime contract would expire. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has also not commented.

SAG and the AMPTP nearly reached a deal on Feb. 19, but those talks collapsed over the contract expiration date — with SAG pushing for a mid-2011 expiration in line with the pacts of other unions while the AMPTP insisted on a full three-year term from the date of ratification. SAG members are working under terms of a contract that expired June 30.

 Link here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118001351.html?categoryid=1066&cs=1

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