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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Lead Actors Ineligible for SAG Awards

While the Oscars are generally considered the most prestigious awards in film, for actors the Screen Actors Guild Award also have special significance. Unfortunately for the actors in Fox Searchlight’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, because the low-budget film was not produced by the guidelines of SAG-AFTRA’s Low Budget Feature Agreement its actors will not be eligible for the SAG Awards.

Actors Send Letter to SAG-AFTRA Over Foreign Royalty Payments Dispute

As members of SAG-AFTRA likely know, actors receive royal payments for purchases of blank VHS tapes and DVDs, and cable reruns and rentals of media they appeared in. Often this can make up a significant amount of an actor’s yearly income. This applies to foreign countries as well, but a letter sent to SAG-AFTRA by a group of actors alleges that the union has not been paying the proper amount to actors for more than a decade.

Curious Labor Practices on ‘Portlandia’ Raise Eyebrows: Tweets, Casting Directors and SAG-AFTRA Collide

Ever notice how many unimportant and/or uninteresting messages people post on social networks? To get to the good stuff you often have to wade through the same inspirational quotes (which are often misattributed), pictures of meals, and broadcasts of political views that probably don’t coincide with your own. Another form of social network clog is the braggers, who often post about all the wonderful things happening in their lives. One of the worst forms of that is when a person posts about how excited he or she is to interview for a job, which is never a good idea since if you don’t get that job you’ll still have many people ask you “did you get that job?” for several weeks following. In other words… sometimes it’s better to play your cards close to your vest.

SAG-AFTRA Merge Make Union Tougher to Join, Likely More Expensive

As probably most Daily Actor readers know, getting Screen Actors Guild (SAG) membership — and all its inherent benefits — is a major goal for any up-and-coming actor. American Federation of Television and Radio Arts (AFTRA) membership, however, has been open to anyone willing to pay the initiation fee.

SAG and AFTRA Begin Merger Talks

After being separate entities for over 70 years, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) have initiated merger talks.

SAG and AFTRA nearing a merger

Once the national board approves the plan, it will be sent out to all members of both unions for ratification.

SAG Press Release: Why Wisconsin Matters To You

the Governor of Wisconsin has written into the budget that the unions there can’t have any collective bargaining (by which, unions can resolve disputes and help workers when they negotiate everything from sick leave, safety conditions and fair wages).