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02/02/2021

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01/16/2021

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Kevin
12/06/2020

Kevin

Understanding Residuals for
SAG-AFTRA Performers
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020
10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT / Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET
(program length is approximately 90 mins)

Host:
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris

Guest Presenters:
Jennifer Gaudry, SAG-AFTRA Executive Director, Contract Enforcement & Strategy
Ray Rodriguez, SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer

Please join the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement for Understanding Residuals for SAG-AFTRA Performers, a presentation and discussion of how members and non-members earn payments through their work on SAG-AFTRA contracts.

This conversation may be a first for young performers, or a refresher for our more seasoned members. We’ll cover what residuals are, how compensation is paid to performers for use of a theatrical motion picture or television program beyond the use covered by initial compensation, when residuals are paid, how residuals are calculated, how to track them and much more.

RSVP is required. Please log into your sagaftra.org member account and register here.

Please submit questions or comments to sagaftra.org/PTEOEquestions. Unless otherwise requested, your name may be read aloud during the program if your question is selected. Due to time limitations, not all questions will be addressed during or after the program.

This PTEOE livestream will be live captioned. If additional ADA accommodations are requested, please indicate on the RSVP form.

This program will be recorded and may be later shared in whole or in part on SAG-AFTRA’s website, podcast and social media channels.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

The Actors' Network
11/22/2020

The Actors' Network

We are happy to report that SAG-AFTRA and AEA have reached a unanimous agreement with respect to the broadcast and streaming of live performances during the pandemic period. The agreement preserves SAG-AFTRA’s historic jurisdiction while creating an important accommodation that serves performers. You can read the full agreement HERE.

Recognizing the challenges for theater during the pandemic and that the only way for live theater companies to reach audiences is by recording and/or streaming productions to a remote audience, SAG-AFTRA has agreed that AEA will cover this work during the pandemic period with a term concluding December 31, 2021, subject to certain limitations including distribution on platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.

We are pleased that we are able to help create work opportunities for AEA members when it is vitally needed, while also protecting SAG-AFTRA members’ work opportunities now and into the future.

Existing contracts with SAG-AFTRA will be honored for their duration. Both SAG-AFTRA and AEA have agreed to refer to the other union work that is within their jurisdiction.

Members with questions about specific productions may contact SAG-AFTRA for guidance on which union should cover that project. If you have other questions about the application or terms of the agreement, please contact SAG-AFTRA at [email protected] or (855) SAG-AFTRA / (855) 724-2387.

Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships
08/27/2020

Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships

Join us for The Songs of Hope Benefit Concert starring @AdaPasternak (Live & Interactive) and hosted by Kevin E. West @theKevinE



Saturday, September 19th, 2020 / 1 pm Pacific US Time / 4 pm Eastern US Time / Other https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/



Ticket: $0 (Free)! Donations are welcome. @Ifersorg



Locations: Zoom video-conference (private URL to be sent to paid ticket holders) and YouTube (public URL to be sent to free ticket holders)



https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-hope-virtual-benefit-concert-live-interactive-tickets-114326776466



About this Event: To support students and performing artists affected by COVID-19 and social injustice.



@AdaPasternak is a Russian-American Virtuoso Violinist who discovered her ability for songwriting while studying at Berklee College of Music, to where she was awarded a full scholarship. Ada will be performing covers and originals, highlighting the theme "Songs of Hope." In this difficult time of COVID-19 and social injustice, "these three remain: faith, hope, and love" (1 Corinthians 13:13)



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ATTENTION: SAG-AFTRA UNION MEMBERSPerformers with Disabilities: Inclusion, Authenticity & AllyshipTuesday, July 2812:30 ...
07/27/2020
Performers with Disabilities: Inclusion, Authenticity & Allyship

ATTENTION: SAG-AFTRA UNION MEMBERS
Performers with Disabilities: Inclusion, Authenticity & Allyship
Tuesday, July 28
12:30 p.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. CT / 3:30 p.m ET
WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FHWYqfXjCY&feature=youtu.be&elqTrackId=c406353de81f47a4a458c1afc32406cb&elq=9a55ff30f20449f2a35bf0f97b3d61b5&elqaid=3481&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=2792
Moderator:
Camryn Manheim, Actor and SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer
Panelists:
Russell Boast, C.S.A.
Christine Bruno, Actor
Ryan Haddad, Actor
Anita Hollander, Actor
Nic Novicki, Actor
Lauren Ridloff, Actor
Marilee Talkington, Actor
Please join us for Performers with Disabilities: Inclusion, Authenticity & Allyship, part of SAG-AFTRA’s series of livestream conversations exploring the intersection of storytelling, inclusion in the entertainment industry and equal opportunity for all.
In recent news there’s been a push for more diversity across ethnicities, gender and sexual identity or orientation, with members across the industry advocating for more inclusion. However, there has been far less dialogue around the need for greater inclusion of performers with disabilities in productions in general, as well as authenticity in storytelling around characters who have disabilities.
This conversation will look at where we are now, where we need to be and how we can foster changes that move the industry forward toward greater inclusion and authenticity.
This event is open to the public and does not require registration. Click HERE to watch.
Email your questions or comments for panelists to [email protected]. Please note that, unless otherwise requested, your name may be read aloud during the program if your question is selected. Due to time limitations, not all questions will be addressed during or after the program.
This program will be recorded and may be later shared in whole or in part on SAG-AFTRA’s website, podcast and social media channels.
This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

R.I.P. Cable TV: Why Hollywood Is Slowly Killing Its Biggest Moneymaker
07/25/2020
R.I.P. Cable TV: Why Hollywood Is Slowly Killing Its Biggest Moneymaker

R.I.P. Cable TV: Why Hollywood Is Slowly Killing Its Biggest Moneymaker

Earlier this year, people started noticing something peculiar about MTV’s schedule: The network had quietly morphed into an almost 24/7 offering of just one show. At one point in late June, “Ridicu…

The Actors' Network
07/15/2020

The Actors' Network

Race & Storytelling: Asian American Voices
Online Tuesday, July 21
11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m ET

Moderator:
Jeff Yang, CNN Opinion contributor and
cohost, They Call Us Bruce podcast

Panelists:
Clyde Kusatsu, Actor, Dr. Ken
Christina Chang, Actor, The Good Doctor
Juju Chang, Broadcast Journalist, ABC News’ Nightline
Parvesh Cheena, Actor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Hudson Yang, Actor, Fresh Off the Boat

And other panelists to be announced

Please join us for the latest installment of SAG-AFTRA’s President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement Race & Storytelling livestream series featuring members and industry colleagues discussing the intersection of race, storytelling, inclusion in the entertainment industry and equal opportunity for all.

As the Asian American community continues to feel the impact of racism, bullying and harassment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are compelled to explore the ways in which better representation and three-dimensional portrayals of Asian American characters can counter stereotypes and result in larger societal impact.

We will also unveil our latest PSA, featuring SAG-AFTRA members calling on all Americans to stand against the stigma, xenophobia and harassment so many Asian Americans are still experiencing.

This event is open to the public and does not require registration. Click HERE to watch. More information is available HERE.

Email your questions or comments for panelists to [email protected]. Please note that, unless otherwise requested, your name may be read aloud during the program if your question is selected. Due to time limitations, not all questions will be addressed during or after the program.

This program will be recorded and may be later shared in whole or in part on SAG-AFTRA’s website and social media channels.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

UnionWorking
07/10/2020

UnionWorking

SPECIAL EPISODE: TV/Theatrical Contract Roundtable. MUST LISTEN PODCAST! @unionworking had (3) of its core members “in the room” on the Negotiating Committee and this 2-hour Roundtable is a crucial non-partisan breakdown of both the “Tentative Contract” elements but also a non-emotional perspective on the specifics involved as well as the process required that it took over 7 weeks to arrive at this agreement.

Listen & Subscribe: https://unionworking.com/podcast/ or find us on Amazon, iHeart, Spotify, Google…etc.

Co-Hosts: @mikecnelson1 @officialnancylinari
UW Core “in the room” of Theatrical Negotiating Committee: @matthewjaegeractor @bobstephenson @thekevine
Episode Voices: @iamkevinashworth @therealjohnnyrad @craigwelzbacher @kevinmccorkle

Addtl. UW core members: @gojamconzgo @cindydrummond13 @kellyhawthorne1 @seanpatric

#UnionWorking #Vote #TogetherWeWork #Labor #Unions #SAGAFTRA #1u #Solidarity #Hollywood #TV #Ads #Labor #CelebSupport #318MillionaireMore #DissentingOpinion2020 #Middleclass #WeGotYourBack #IATSE #WGA #DGA #ADWeek #ADAge #ActorsLife #Celebs #MissingBackpack #teamsterslocal399

Kevin
07/10/2020

Kevin

Official TV/Theatrical Contract Member Informational Meeting
On July 1, the SAG-AFTRA National Board met and reviewed the 2020 TV/Theatrical Contracts, and voted to approve and recommend members vote “Yes.” The second official informational meeting for Los Angeles members will be held on Monday to review the proposed new contracts.

Monday, July 13 / 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT / Online

Click here to RSVP and receive attendance instructions.

If you are unable to attend and have questions regarding the tentative agreement, please email [email protected] or call (866) 287-1853.

The Actors' Network
06/15/2020

The Actors' Network

ATTN Actors - This is IMPORTANT whether you're Union or not, but if you are, you CAN LOGIN and get the actual 36-page PDF as a download. If not - please know protocols exist.

Los Angeles — In the next major step toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today released “The Safe Way Forward,” a Multi-Union Report on Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. The Guidelines set forth a detailed set of science-based protocols serving as a path for Employers to uphold their responsibility of providing safe workplaces in a pre-vaccine, Covid-19 world. The Guidelines serve as an essential and necessary element of a return to work for the Unions and Guilds representing film and television casts and crews.

Developed jointly by the Unions and Guilds in consultation with leading epidemiologists and experts, the Guidelines are a follow-up to the Industry White Paper recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California, and other state governments. While the White Paper offered a foundation for the appropriate state agencies to examine the resumption of production, and provides guidance Employers must follow to provide a safe working environment, it expressly contemplated that specific protocols regarding mandatory testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and department-specific procedures would be the subject of further discussions and agreement between the producers and the unions. Today’s Guidelines announced by the Unions and Guilds set forth key components of those detailed protocols.

The Unions and Guilds worked in close coordination with one another as they consulted with an array of experts ranging from preeminent epidemiologists and scientists to risk analysts and specialists in public health and occupational health and safety. By delving into up-to-the minute medical expertise, the science of Covid-19 transmission, and the unique risk factors their members would be confronted with in the production environment, the group developed tailored protocols to protect cast and crew. A central focus is the protection of performers, who are among the most vulnerable on set given they are not always able to observe physical distancing or wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when cameras are rolling.

Testing is the Key to the Resumption of Production
The Unions and Guilds quickly determined that a comprehensive, mandatory testing regimen would need to be the cornerstone of a safe return to production in a pre-vaccine landscape. Without testing, the entire cast and crew would be working in an environment of unknown risk. Confirmed cases would be determined days after people have been shedding the virus – potentially endangering the health of cast and crew members. Moreover, they could lead to the quarantining of others on set, and should those individuals include a key actor or director, to production delays or even a production shutdown. Not to mention the public health implications associated with cast and crew members interacting with the public and going home to their families.

Testing Frequency and the Zone System
The Guidelines lay out that:

Every member of the cast and crew be tested for active Covid-19 infection before their first day of work to ensure they are not shedding the virus. Cast and crew members will then be subject to regular testing protocols during the course of their work on the production.
Given that performers are uniquely vulnerable for the reasons described above, the Guidelines require a higher testing frequency of at least three times a week at minimum for them as well as those with whom they come into close contact.
Individuals who work in areas like the production office – where physical distancing and PPE can be utilized – can be tested less frequently, at a minimum of once a week. Other variables impacting testing frequency include the prevalence of the virus in a given community, and the rate that the infection is being spread.
In order to ensure these different sections of the production environment are tightly controlled, the Guidelines require the implementation of a specialized “Zone” system laying out barriers within which those on set can flow based on proximity to cast, level of testing, PPE and the extent to which physical distancing can be observed in the performance of their work. Cast and those with whom they come into frequent contact would be grouped in Zone A, while other individuals on set would be grouped in Zone B. The Zone system is the structure and foundation around which all on-set Covid-19 safety decisions should be engineered. A detailed tour of the inner-workings of the Zone system is included in the Guidelines.

New Health and Safety On-Set Positions
To execute testing and the Zone System, the Guidelines require the creation and staffing of two new positions/departments with authority to oversee the production to ensure the Guidelines are being followed, and to take immediate action to correct any unsafe practices or conditions:

A Health Safety Supervisor (HSS) (referred to in the Industry White Paper as the “Covid-19 Compliance Officer”) would be in charge of the testing process, hire and coordinate the necessary Covid-19 medical staff, and be responsible for related health safety for the production. The HSS has the authority to pause the production in event that a breach threatens the health of the cast or the crew.
There would also be a Health Safety Department, with a Manager and staff. The Health Safety Unit Manager (HSM) would oversee the ex*****on of HSS directives in conjunction with the directors’ team, and other relevant department heads.
The full set of Guidelines, and a listing of the experts consulted by the Unions and Guilds, can be found here. The document will be updated with further specific safety protocols from IATSE locals, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters and the Basic Craft Unions as they are developed.

Thomas Schlamme, President, Directors Guild of America
“Safely getting back to our work of storytelling, and reuniting with our creative community is at the top of all our minds. But in these fast-changing times amid such a complicated virus, figuring out how to get that done right was no easy task. We knew the only way forward was to consult with leading medical experts and let science guide us to the right approach for our unique work environments. It was only through that Herculean process, and our close coordination with our sister guilds and unions, that we were able to develop the most effective solutions to keep all of our members safe. At the DGA, this was many weeks of hard work and we are eternally indebted to our Covid-19 Safety Committee led by Steven Soderbergh who so intimately understands the complex issues at hand. Through the dedication of everyone involved, we are all that much closer to being able to get back to telling stories together.”

Gabrielle Carteris, President, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
“We're pleased to share this crucial report which includes meaningful protocols and requirements for a safer return to work. We commend each of our union and guild partners for their diligence, determination and hard work throughout this collaborative and productive process. The report reflects our shared goal of ensuring the safest possible return to production for all of our members throughout the entertainment and media industry.”

Matthew D. Loeb, International President, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
“These steps are key in our efforts to safely reopen the Motion Picture and Television Production Industry, and they would not have been possible without the collaboration between the other guilds and unions. We look forward to continuing to work with the industry and our local unions on getting our members back to work the right way.”

Thomas J. O’Donnell
Director, Teamsters Motion Picture & Theatrical Trade Division

Steve Dayan
Chairman of the Hollywood Basic Crafts Unions

“On behalf of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Hollywood Basic Crafts Unions, we are grateful for the collective and collaborative process that took place between all of our Sister Guilds and Unions, in developing these guidelines. We will be continuing discussions with our Members and committees to finalize our own internal protocols and procedures that will best support our Members within all of the classifications we represent, in order to bring our Members safely back to work.”

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Such a tremendous joy to have had these wonderful women shoot with UnionWorking, stand with us in #Solidarity, and continue to help build our movement or Worker's rights and a #FairnEquitable contract.
"Awakening The Actor Within" is "The Artist's Way" for actors. A workbook aimed at helping actors recover and discover their highest goals and ambitions. It is set up in a 3 act "screenplay" structure: ACT ONE: Weeks 1-4 focus on dismantling old blocks and creating a solid foundation. ACT TWO: Weeks 5-6 focus on working on scripts, character, acting technique and AUDITIONS. ACT THREE: Weeks 7-12 focus on marketing and branding your talents.