Latest U.S. Screen Actors Guild Stories

2009-09-25 15:57:37

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild says its members have elected Ken Howard president and Amy Aquino secretary-treasurer. Both began serving their two-year terms Friday. Ballots were mailed to 99,485 paid-up SAG members Aug. 25, and 27,295 were tabulated Thursday for a return of 27.44 percent. Howard received 12,895 votes, with Anne-Marie Johnson coming in second with 8,906 votes. Seymour Cassel was third with 4,838 votes and Asmar Muhammad came in fourth with 402 votes. I'd like to be among...

2009-06-09 21:14:54

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild announced Tuesday its members have voted overwhelmingly to approve its TV/theatrical contracts. The vote was 78 percent in favor and 22 percent against. The two-year successor agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions, SAG said in a statement posted on its Web site. The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG...

2009-02-22 09:07:07

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild says it has rejected the last, best and final offer the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers made last week. SAG announced late Saturday that its national board of directors had voted 73 percent to 27 percent to reject what AMPTP has described as its last, best and final offer. The previous SAG-AMPTP pact expired June 30, 2008. Contract negotiations had stalled for months, but briefly resumed last week. We entered this round of negotiations sending...

2009-02-10 14:56:08

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers say they have agreed to meet next week. Talks between the two parties regarding a new contract have been stalled for months. The previous SAG-AMPTP contract expired June 30. Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to meet on Feb. 17 and 18 at the AMPTP offices in Sherman Oaks, Calif., the two parties said in a joint statement Tuesday. We will have no...

2009-02-02 21:15:55

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers says its planned meetings with the U.S. Screen Actors Guild this week have been postponed. The two entities -- which have not been able to hammer out a new contract since their last one expired June 30 -- were to have resumed talks Tuesday and Wednesday after months away from the bargaining table. However, the AMPTP issued a statement Monday night, explaining, Screen Actors Guild has advised us that it has a court proceeding that will...

2009-01-30 09:25:00

Alan Rosenberg said he doesn't intend to leave his position of president of the U.S. Screen Actors Guild, despite the replacement this week of Doug Allen. Why would I leave? Rosenberg asked. I'm not going to abandon the people who elected me. Rosenberg made the comments during an exclusive interview with TheWrap.Com, a multi-platform news and information network that examines and comments on the entertainment industry. The Web site debuted Monday and in its first week broke the news of SAG...

2009-01-26 18:55:18

Doug Allen announced Monday that he is resigning as national executive director and chief negotiator of the U.S. Screen Actors Guild. Allen, who has been criticized for how he has handled contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in recent months, told SAG staff via email that he was leaving, Variety.com said. SAG and AMPTP's last contract expired June 30. The two entities have not been able to hammer out a new pact since, with a...

2008-12-22 22:52:26

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild said Monday it would postpone a strike vote while it tries to reconcile differences between pro-strike and anti-strike members. The union had planned to mail ballots Jan. 2 for a strike authorization vote, with results tabulated by Jan. 23. However, the issue have been contentious within SAG, and Doug Allen, the union's national executive director and chief negotiator, posted a message on the guild's Web site Monday saying members of the board were concerned about...

2008-12-10 11:56:06

The U.S. Screen Actors Guild Wednesday announced strike authorization ballots will be mailed to members Jan. 2. The results are to be tabulated on Jan. 23. A yes vote by 75 percent of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary, the guild said in a message on its Web site. SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have not been able to hammer out...

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