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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Good thing that SAG are in negotiations regarding with this matter. Let's just hope in ends well.

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Wed., Nov. 26, 2008, 10:26am PT

    SAG inches closer to strike

    Authorization to be sent out to members in Dec.


    By Dave McNary
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    The Screen Actors Guild will send out its strike authorization vote to members next month, making it possible for actors to strike as early as January -- prompting a bitter response from the majors.

    In a message to SAG's 120,000 members sent Wednesday, SAG president Alan Rosenberg said a strike would be called by the national board "only if it becomes absolutely necessary."

    "Your leadership believes that we must be empowered with the real threat of a work stoppage in order to let management know that we are committed to protecting the future of all actors," he wrote. "We ask for your support, knowing that you have entrusted us to fight for your rights, and to protect your wages, working conditions and your health and pension benefits. We take your trust very, very seriously and will work towards reaching a fair agreement without a work stoppage."

    In a move that portends a volley of PR moves over the coming weeks, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers blasted back at Rosenberg shortly after the missive went out.

    "SAG's latest mass email fails on three counts," the AMPTP said. "It fails to explain why SAG deserves more than everyone else in the industry. It fails to justify why SAG members should bail out a failed negotiating strategy by striking during a time of historic economic crisis. And it fails to explain why it makes sense to strike when SAG members will lose more during the first few days of the strike than they could ever expect to gain."
    SAG inches closer to strike - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Wed., Dec. 3, 2008, 9:51am PT

    Farrell, Hodge speak out against SAG

    Duo opposes guild's strike authorization vote


    By Dave Mcnary
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    Former SAG VP Mike Farrell and national board member Mike Hodge are opposing the Screen Actors Guild's strike authorization vote.

    Farrell announced his opposition in a bitter email Wednesday, blasting SAG's leadership for a series of strategic blunders including its unsuccessful attempt to persuade AFTRA members to vote down that union's primetime deal and its insistence on seeking a hike in DVD residuals --long a non-starter for the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

    Farrell noted that SAG member dues are now being used for an “education campaign” to persuade members to endorse the strike authorization. SAG plans to send the vote out this month and must receive approval from 75% of those voting to go on strike.

    "Given recent history, I figure it’ll probably have something to do with the threat from hidden WMDs," Farrell said. "And I’m sure there will be the admonition that 'you’re either with us or with the terrorist AMPTP.' Well I, for one, am not anti-union. God knows, as a member for over 40 years, I’m not anti-SAG. But I am anti-idiocy. I’m voting no."
    In their most recent message, leaders of SAG have told their 120,000 members that they don't want to strike -- even though they're seeking an authorization from members to do so. SAG made the declaration late Monday in a fiery message to members in response to the "open letter" by eight CEOs, accusing the guild of being elitist and unrealistic in its approach to negotiations.

    "SAG does not want a strike," the missive said. "We made the decision to seek a strike authorization only after the AMPTP continued to stonewall through negotiations and mediation. Now, the AMPTP is attempting to use today's economic uncertainty to intimidate us into signing away our future for decades to come."
    Farrell, Hodge speak out against SAG - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    I still think going on strike is one of the dumbest things SAG could do right now.


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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG leaders call for a vote in New Year

    Ballots will be mailed to members on Jan. 2

    By Jay A. Fernandez
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Dec 10, 2008, 12:04 PM ET
    Updated: Dec 10, 2008, 12:27 PM ET

    SAG leadership has notified its members that strike authorization ballots will be mailed to them on Friday, Jan. 2. Only those of the 120,000-strong membership that are paid up in full at that time can vote on the measure which, if passed, would give the guild's national board of directors the authority to call a strike.

    At least 75% of those voting would have to respond "yes" for the measure to pass. Those votes will be tabulated at Integrity Voting Systems in Everett, Wash., on Jan. 23.

    "SAG members understand that their futures as professional actors are at stake," SAG national president Alan Rosenberg said, "and I believe that SAG members will evaluate the AMPTP's June 30 offer, and vote to send us back to the table with the threat of a strike. A 'yes' vote sends a strong message that we are serious about fending off rollbacks and getting what is fair for actors in new media."
    SAG leaders call for a vote in New Year

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Mon., Dec. 15, 2008, 2:29pm PT

    Stars send anti-strike letter to SAG

    A-listers cite weakening economy as incentive


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    By Dave McNary, Mike Flaherty
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    Pointing to the weak economy, more than 130 stars -- including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Tom Hanks -- have strongly urged SAG members to vote down the guild's strike authorization.

    The list also includes Alan Alda, Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Helen Hunt, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron, along with former SAG presidents Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert and William Schallert.

    In a letter sent Monday to leaders of the Screen Actors Guild, the stars said a strike would create more economic hardship and called for SAG to unite with the other Hollywood guilds in three years when the current rounds of contracts expire. Doing so would be a way to "take the high road," they added.

    The letter was issued shortly before guild president Alan Rosenberg spoke before an overflow crowd of several hundred at a SAG town hall meeting Monday night at the Westin Times Square. Prior to the meeting, New York board member Paul Christie described New York members as "pretty ticked off" about the strike authorization.
    Stars send anti-strike letter to SAG - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Good for them.


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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    By Nikki Finke
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    December 16, 2008

    Besides Warner Bros and 20th TV, I hear Disney also has been trying to pit SAG against AFTRA. Starting as far back as August, I received word that Disney was "pressuring" Shaftsbury Films, their Canadian production services provider on Eli Stone, "to sign a deal with AFTRA to cover the use of American stars and guests on the new series so it could continue production should there be a SAG strike," an insider emailed me. "Shaftsbury initially refused because they're not contracting the artists. That happens through Disney. But Disney is insisting they do this to prevent the appearance that Disney is circumventing SAG. It would seem to indicate at least one of the major studios is not bargaining in good faith with SAG."

    Which makes sense since Meyer, along with News Corp's Peter Chernin and Disney's Bob Iger, have been orchestrating the current SAG negotiations stalement, with the other studio and network moguls blindly following their lead. This happened during the WGA negotiations and subsequent strike, and this is happening again with the big actors union. Now the moguls are seeking to exploit the still fresh wounds between SAG and AFTRA. Which may look like a shrewd move now but may be short-sighted after SAG actors see what they don't get from AFTRA.
    Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily UPDATE: 20th TV, Warner Bros, &#038; Disney Start New SAG vs AFTRA War: SAG And AFTRA Both Reply (And The AMPTP, Too)

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    All this garbage just proves how out of touch the SAG leaders are with the real world. The high named actors, who really do live a fantasy life are more in touch with the real world (as opposed to the "reel" world) than their leaders. I hope they do not strike as it would really be a hardship on all the ancillary business that need the movies and TV shows to survive. This is not the time fellows.
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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    West Coast SAG members hear leaders' pitch

    Rosenberg, Allen find slightly more supportive crowd in L.A.

    By Jay A. Fernandez
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    Dec 18, 2008, 01:40 AM ET
    Updated: Dec 18, 2008, 02:49 AM ET

    After a week of feverish internal conflict, the Screen Actors Guild held its most recent town hall meeting for members Wednesday night at the Hollywood Renaissance hotel. Approximately 570 West Coast members filed in to hear guild leaders Alan Rosenberg and Doug Allen reiterate their pitch for passing a strike authorization.

    A similar meeting on Monday night in New York, the locus of the more moderate faction of the guild and about 25% of the membership, followed 36 hours of escalating rhetoric. The gathering devolved into a combative argument over the merits and timing of the vote as well as several calls for the negotiating committee to be replaced and its leaders to resign.

    The Hollywood wing of the guild, which reps about 60% of the membership, has generally been much more supportive of guild president Rosenberg and chief negotiator Allen and the authorization vote. Hundreds turned out for an educational town hall meeting held in L.A. last week.

    Meanwhile, the guild's most visible members have turned the spotlight on themselves the last few days with several pointed public statements attempting to persuade voters of the merits of either a yes or a no vote.
    West Coast SAG members hear leaders' pitch

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    in regards to the writers strike, that strike we are still feeling the affect: repeats of repeats of repeats for some shows, some shows either cancelled, or moved to other time slots(good for some bad for others in other words if you dont have tivo you are screwed ) all this because of revenue they allege they arent getting because of downloads from the internet. they should have read their contracts before they signed them and asked "um..... does this include compensation for internet downloads of movies, cds,dvds,etc????"

    however, getting off the soapbox........
    I agree that a strike would not be good. not just for the economy which already is in bad shape, but the GAS PRICES ARE GOING BACK UP!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Fri., Jan. 9, 2009, 5:18pm PT

    Proposed voting boycott irks SAG

    Anonymous email singles out eight actors


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    By Dave McNary
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    The Screen Actors Guild's battle over its strike authorization has taken an especially nasty turn, thanks to a suggested boycott of eight actors who are up for SAG awards.

    The proposed boycott came to light after a significant number of SAG members received a pair of anonymous emails forwarded by national board member Frances Fisher. The two emails proposed that the SAG members withhold their award votes for the eight thesps because of their public support for the opposition to the authorization vote.

    Nearly 2,000 SAG members -- including George Clooney and Tom Hanks -- have declared that they oppose the authorization due to the nation's current financial crisis.

    In her email, Fisher said the letters were forwards and asked that her name and email be removed if the recipient chose to forward the letters. In a response issued Friday, former SAG president and current board member Richard Masur compared the anonymous email to a blacklist and called on Fisher to repudiate it.

    The anonymous email singled out Josh Brolin (who was nominated for "Milk"), Kevin Spacey ("Recount"), Susan Sarandon ("Bernard & Doris"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk").
    Proposed voting boycott irks SAG - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfan07 View Post
    in regards to the writers strike, that strike we are still feeling the affect: repeats of repeats of repeats for some shows, some shows either cancelled, or moved to other time slots(good for some bad for others in other words if you dont have tivo you are screwed ) all this because of revenue they allege they arent getting because of downloads from the internet. they should have read their contracts before they signed them and asked "um..... does this include compensation for internet downloads of movies, cds,dvds,etc????"

    however, getting off the soapbox........
    I agree that a strike would not be good. not just for the economy which already is in bad shape, but the GAS PRICES ARE GOING BACK UP!!!!!!!!!
    That's the point. They made the old contracts before there was any such thing as Internet revenue. NOW they are reading the contract that they are about to sign and telling the studios that they aren't signing anything without Internet rights. This is their livelihood. If we have to watch re-runs for a while so that people get paid when there product is being used then I guess we'll just have to suck it up.

    As to whether or not it will hurt the economy, um, duh, yeah it will. Which is why if SAG authorizes a strike the studios will buckle like children. They can't afford any losses any more than the rest of the country. Not after how much they lost in the writers' strike. A SAG strike would be 10 times as costly. You can get along for a little while without writers but try filming without actors. If SAG would authorize a strike this would be over in a week. That threat is the only leverage that the unions have. Without it there wouldn't be any way for a laborer to stand up to the money and power of the studios. That's the way it used to be in Hollywood. Only the most famous actors, writers and directors had any say so in their pay or benefits and anyone who wasn't famous usually was exploited. Don't forget about 75% of SAG's membership are little known actors who rarely work, not the rich famous actors. They are by far the minority.

    By the way, the studios still haven't honored the deal they made with the writers and the writers are suing them. Gee, I wonder why the actors have trust issues.

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG faction calls for contract vote

    MembershipFirst also shows support for Doug Allen

    By Andrew Salomon
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    Jan 22, 2009, 06:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK -- Nine days after a group of SAG moderates failed to oust national executive director Doug Allen, the guild's hard-line faction MembershipFirst has issued a statement supporting Allen and called for the AMPTP's offer for a new TV and film contract to be sent to members for a straight up-or-down vote.

    It would be the first time in memory that SAG sent a contract to its members with a neutral or negative recommendation. Despite the unprecedented nature, the move would be in keeping with the unique, at times bizarre, behavior of the guild during the past year or so.

    MembershipFirst, which includes president Alan Rosenberg, first vp Anne-Marie Johnson, a vast majority of the Hollywood board and nine out of 13 members of the negotiating committee, has campaigned against the offer since it was issued nearly seven months ago. They object to several terms, including the ones governing jurisdiction and compensation in content made originally for the Web.

    After a 28-hour board meeting failed to force Allen from his job, he issued a compromise to the moderates: suspend the strike-authorization vote and send the producers' offer to members. That was rejected by the moderates.
    SAG faction calls for contract vote

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Posted: Mon., Jan. 26, 2009, 2:11pm PT

    Doug Allen steps down from SAG

    Move follows brutal battle over negotiations


    By Dave McNary
    Variety

    Doug Allen, the lightning rod at the center of the Screen Actors Guild's bitter polarization, has been fired as national exec director and chief negotiator.

    Allen's gig ended Monday afternoon; several hours earlier, the moderates had delivered "written assent" documents terminating him -- two weeks after a 28-hour filibuster by Allen's supporters thwarted his ouster.

    "I am disappointed in the board's decision, which was made by written assent, and I am proud of my record," Allen said in an email to the board. "I wish Screen Actors Guild and its members success and I have been honored to serve them. I have particularly enjoyed leading the wonderful men and women on the SAG staff and serving with SAG's national president Alan Rosenberg and national secretary-treasurer Connie Stevens."

    The moderates also replaced the negotiating committee -- a sign that a SAG feature-primtetime deal may be close. Sally Field, who's opposed Allen on several fronts for the past year, said she was relieved and hopeful.
    Doug Allen steps down from SAG - Entertainment News, Business News, Media - Variety

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