SAG is watching the board members. Be afraid. Stay in the shadows.
To members of the National Board of Directors, Division Boards of Directors, Branch Councils, National Committees, alternates to these bodies, and staff:
On January 25, 2009, an advisory was distributed to you regarding the agreement reached between SAG and AFTRA for joint negotiation of the Commercials Contracts. The agreement had been authorized by both National Boards and was the result of months of detailed work designed to effectuate the continuation of joint bargaining. The agreement provides for the prohibition of disparagement of either union and of our staff or elected. I am attaching another copy of that advisory for your reference.
Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that, in recent days, several individuals covered by the terms of this agreement have made public statements, including those that can be found on the internet, that raise concerns with respect to prohibited disparagement of AFTRA.
I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone receiving this message that each of us is subject to the terms of the agreement and must not engage in making any public statements that are disparaging toward AFTRA, its staff or elected leadership. This prohibition applies regardless of the form of the statement (e.g. written, oral, or electronic, including videos), and includes, we should assume, the act of forwarding someone else’s email.
Obviously, many AFTRA members, including elected and appointed member leaders, also hold positions of leadership in SAG. While it is permissible for AFTRA members who are also SAG leaders to write directly to the AFTRA President and Vice-President(s), and/or to the AFTRA Board in protest of certain behavior or courses of action, it is critical that those communications be private communications to the intended recipients and not for the public or mass e-mails. In other words, AFTRA members of course have the right to communicate directly with their AFTRA elected representatives, just as SAG members have the right to communicate displeasure about something SAG may have done directly to SAG elected leadership, but if you hold elected or appointed office in either union, those communications should be directed to the parties concerned and not disseminated to the general public, the media, blogs, or personal e-mail lists of other members.
The terms of the joint bargaining agreement provide for financial and other potentially severe penalties to be imposed against either union if their covered leadership engages in violations of this agreement. It is critical, therefore, that we each take our responsibility to abide by this agreement seriously to avoid causing harm to the Guild. Please use your best judgment in determining whether any communication that you may contemplate issuing contains statements that are problematic in light of this agreement.
If you have any questions or concerns about this agreement, its terms or its implementation, please contact either me or Duncan Crabtree-Ireland for further assistance.
David P. White
Interim National Executive Director
They put the old band back together on ER last night. George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle (with a little help from Susan Sarandon) showed up to say farewell to NBC‘s long running show.
I thought what Clooney did was very cool. A lot of big names would have never come back and shown love for the show that made them what/who they are. I don’t see Tom Hanks doing a cameo on a Bosom Buddies reunion.
I watched the last half of it and thought it was good to see the originals back on the show. I couldn’t figure out a reason why Carter’s wife wasn’t at the hospital for his operation though. And Benton looked puffy – like he had been on a week long alcoholic bender.
Several top media executives, including News Corp. President Peter Chernin and Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger, have talked among themselves this week about how to resolve the dispute with SAG. Chernin and Iger played a pivotal role in helping to craft the deal with Hollywood’s directors and writers.
Three weeks after the breakdown in contract negotiations, SAG leaders — including interim Executive Director David White and chief negotiator John McGuire — have been having informal “back-channel” talks with studio executives this week in an effort to break a logjam in talks, said people close to the situation.
The back-channel communications began late last week after the union took a break in its negotiations on a new commercials contract. It’s unclear, however, whether the talks will yield to a breakthrough, paving the way for a return to formal negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which bargains on behalf of the studios. The current contract expired nearly nine months ago and actors have been working without a contract.
The conversations are primarily focused on finding a compromise over the key sticking point: When would SAG’s contract expire? SAG leaders want their contract to run through June, 2011, so the union can line up its next round of negotiations with the contracts of other Hollywood talent unions, including the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Writers Guild of America.
There are signs, however, that both sides may be willing to compromise. “The CEOs are actively talking among themselves about a search for a possible solution,” said one person familiar with the talks.
The deadlock has been an embarrassment to SAG’s new leaders, who were installed by a moderate majority on the union’s board that accused former leaders of mishandling negotiations and pushing SAG toward the brink of a strike.
Meanwhile, DHD is reporting that the end of the contract is the only sticking point. Not New Media, not residuals. The end of the contract. That’s it.
Because my own insiders and even the LA Times‘ sources say the new SAG leaders are only bargaining the issue of the contract’s expiration date. (To be absolutely accurate, the LA Times soft-pedals this as “primarily” but mentions no other terms being discussed.) So the sole dispute between the Hollywood CEOs and the SAG National Majority right now is about whether the pact runs only 2 years or 3, and only that because it could prevent a SAG/AFTRA merger.
This is our sacred union. The union we pays dues to every six months. The one that places its members first. Right?
A Brazilian actor Marco Ribeiro has refused to dub Sean Penn‘s voice into Portuguese for the film, Milk.
Ribeiro has previously dubbed Penn’s voice for the films 21 Grams and All the King’s Men.
Why has he refused?
Because Ribeiro is a pastor in the ultra conservative protestant God’s Assembly Church in Rio de Janeiro. He felt there was a conflict of interest in giving a voice to legendary Gay Rights advocate (Harvey Milk).
“I did not feel comfortable with the job,” he said. “My voice is involved with other causes, and for the same reason I have refused to work on certain types of advertising.”
Ribeiro denies any homophobic beliefs, he is quoted on the website for his church saying that families with same sex parents are a “distortion.”
We welcome Marco Ribeiro into our JACKASS HALL OF FAME!
A couple weeks ago, Nikki Finke (Deadline Hollywood Daily) reported that the figures of AFTRA dominating pilot season were totally wrong.
Today, Jonathan Handel (Digital Media Law) reports that, in fact, AFTRA has dominated pilot season by almost 94% (maybe 87% depending how its calculated).
Who to believe?
From what I have seen, it’s almost totally been AFTRA. I can only recall a couple SAG pilots that are casting. I thought that what DHD was reporting was way off but who am I to disagree with Nikki Finke. She’s is seriously the best out there. Her post was written in early March and the facts have almost certainly changed.
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