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SAG Award Nominees Announced

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 16th 2010 10:25AM
'Mad Men'The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for its 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards today, and the list is filled with the usual suspects.

'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' and 'The Office' all got multiple noms, as did 'Modern Family,' 'Glee,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Dexter.' Surprisingly, Betty White and 'Hot in Cleveland' received nods, both of which the Hollywood Foreign Press overlooked in this year's Golden Globe nominations. Conspicuously absent: 'The Big Bang Theory.'

Check out all the nominees after the jump.

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'The View' Ladies Talk Bristol Palin, Sherri Shepherd Films the SAG Awards (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:00PM
The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bristol Palin and abstinenceThings were hoppin' on 'The View' today! You can always count on things to get heated when the ladies talk about abstinence and Bristol Palin.

And Sherri Shepherd used her own camera to record some candid backstage videos at the SAG awards. Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Quentin Tarantino and Kate Hudson's butt all got some screen time.

Watch the videos from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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'Mad Men,' 'Glee' Top SAG Awards

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 23rd 2010 7:00PM
SAG AwardsIt was mostly a repeat of the Golden Globes at last night's 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

'Mad Men' and 'Glee' took home top honors in the ensemble categories, while Globe winners Michael C. Hall, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin and Drew Barrymore each took home prizes of their own.

For more coverage on last night's winners, check out Moviefone.

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SAG Award Nominations 2010

by Andrew Scott, posted Dec 17th 2009 9:18AM
The Good WifeNominations for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning -- with plenty of surprises.

The biggest came from the CBS legal drama 'The Good Wife,' which picked up an unexpected nomination in the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series category. There, it will face off against 'Mad Men,' 'The Closer' and fellow first-time nominees 'True Blood' and 'Dexter.'

Star Julianna Margulies was also nominated for Outstanding Female Actress in a Drama Series, which, due to a tie, has six nominees this year.

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Arianna Huffington to Produce ABC Comedy & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 16th 2009 1:00PM
Arianna Huffington ABCArianna Huffington teams with ABC, 'Dancing With the Stars' to pay tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, Ron Howard returns to Fox and more of today's top TV headlines.

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SAG ratifies new contract to avoid yet another Hollywood strike

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 10th 2009 6:05PM
The Screen Actors Guild voted to avoid a strike Tuesday.The long Hollywood labor nightmare that began in November of last year officially ended yesterday when the Screen Actors Guild overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the studios.

Guild members voted 78% in favor of the new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), despite calls by hard-line union members who urged actors to vote "no" and force continued negotiations.

It's clear that two huge factors in the SAG approval were general labor strife fatigue and the struggling economy.

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SAG, studios finally reach a deal

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2009 10:13PM
Screen Actors GuildIt's been so long that we've heard anything about a possible actors strike that I kinda forgot all about it. Now it looks like we don't have to worry about it.

The Screen Actors Guild has made a tentative deal with producers and studios, so there will be no crazy interruption/chaos in our TV entertainment choices like we saw with the writers strike last year (remember that? Wasn't that fun?). The two major sticking points were compensation for new media (DVDs, online, etc) and when the contract would end. The two-year deal will be finalized this Sunday when the 71 member national board meets and votes on it. I'm sure a lot of members won't like the new contract but only half of the members have to vote for it to pass.

So if you've been worrying about a possible strike, you can exhale now. And get to work worrying about whether or not your favorite show will make it to the fall.

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Rosenberg loses to SAG, which is weird because he's the SAG president

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2009 10:02AM
Once again I'm forced to ask the question, what the hell is going on here? Have we entered the bizarro world? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did years of lending money for home loans and unpaid credit card debt give the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman the magical power to turn the waning U.S. dollar into sweet, delicious candy?

The never-ending battle between SAG president Alan Rosenberg and his own organization has forced him to file an injunction against his own task force from starting their negotiations.

That means, in a weird, sordid, round-about way, Rosenberg is now fighting an uphill battle with himself. It's a wonder the actors didn't elect Britney Spears to run their union.

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SAG members filibuster and nothing gets done ... just like Congress

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2009 4:30PM
SAG logoThe big SAG strike news hitting the trades and the rest of the entertainment press today is ... that there isn't any news. A strike vote ballot still hasn't been sent to the members. But, boy, what's gone into the non-news is a hell of a lot of effort. Reports are that the decision to delay the ballot came after an epic 30-hour meeting, eight of which was spent on debating whether to end the meeting at 10 pm on Monday or 1 am on Tuesday. Fat lot of good that did; the meeting didn't break up until 6 am.

Apparently, there are two factions within the union; a larger Hollywood-based one that wants a strike, and a smaller New-York-and-elsewhere based one that doesn't want the walkout. The debates were more a result of the disagreement within the union than purposeful delay tactics; heck, they even tried to remove their lead negotiator.

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Is SAG about to kick themselves in the head?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2008 12:00PM
If you were hoping the Screen Actors Guild would be able to rise above the fray and destroy the networks' heads with a mighty swipe of their superbly manicured hands, then keep hoping. Christmas is over and Santa has come and gone. Ask him next year.

The SAG's latest tactical move against the money grubbing networks is to oust their own negotiators.

If this were a military theater, we would be calling this a case of "friendly fire."

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All Rich wants for Festivus

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 18th 2008 7:32PM

Will any of my Festivus wishes come true? Only time will tell.I was looking at my last two Festivus wish lists in an attempt to determine if any of my requests came true. Turns out, many of them did come to fruition -- something that I'm damn proud of. Sadly, a new sitcom for Dustin "Screech" Diamond did not materialize. Oh well, maybe that will occur sometime next season when, after coming out of a trance, the NBC executives realize they made a terrible mistake putting Jay Leno on at 10:00 pm and need something to fill the empty space.

Now, without further ado, let me put down the aluminum rod for a bit and talk about my Festivus wish list for the upcoming year.

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Fox TV giving a wedgie to actors

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 17th 2008 4:27PM
FoxGranted, this is nothing new. It's been actors vs. studios for decades if not centuries. This time Fox is using the tactic of going purely with AFTRA contacts and leaving the SAG union in the lurch.

I'm ambivalent about this. On one hand, actors should get their fair share of the products their image help make famous. On the other hand, I can understand why Fox would use this tactic as another strike would probably cripple television production.

This is not a good time for actors' unions to get divisive. There is a recession going on and the television landscape is still recovering from last year's writers' strike. There is not a single network that would want to go through the headache of figuring out which union contract terms work best for them (in previous years, they've been identical).

Fox has the upper hand at this moment. With so many people out of work, you have a lot of potential actors right there. They already have the unemployed part down pat.

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The SAG strikes back

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2008 11:02AM
Remember the good old days when dock workers, air traffic controllers, teachers, and strike placard makers went on strike? Good, hard-working people who didn't make much money but put their bodies and well-being on the line every day to improve themselves and their community. In exchange, they received measly little things like health insurance, safe work conditions, and a vending machine in the break room that didn't eat quarters, dollars or fingers.

Those Norma Rae days are long gone. Now the only strikes we hear about are ones like the latest looming threat of a strike by the Screen Actors Guild, according to Reuters.

It's not that I don't feel sorry for SAG members or that I'm against their plight. Just about every industry in America has greedy CEOs who take as much as they can from as many as they can, all under the guise of performance and production bonuses earned by not running the company into Hell. It just feels like it could not have come at a worse time.

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SAG members are talking about a strike

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 23rd 2008 11:03AM
SAGHow's this for happy holiday cheer? The Screen Actors Guild is gearing up to ask members to authorize a strike. Yes, that's right. The actors' union leadership -- headed up by Alan Rosenberg -- is talking tough and threatening another strike. It's been nearly a year since the Writer's Guild strike and the ramifications are still being felt throughout the TV business. An actors strike would be crippling.

Currently, SAG is working under a contract that expired on June 30. The WGA strike began on November 5, 2007 and was finally settled on February 12, 2008. Rosenberg and SAG knew how damaging the strike had been, and in the months before June 30, they tried for a settlement. They didn't get it done then, and they've been treading water ever since.

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AFTRA ratifies a new studio contract, despite complaints from the Screen Actors Guild

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 9th 2008 12:25PM

AFTRA has ratified a new studio documentAnd now, another installment of 'David vs. Goliath'. In this case, David is The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), while the role of Goliath is portrayed by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). For months, both unions have been negotiating with the studios for higher salaries for their lower-paid actors as well as more profits from DVD and new media sales. AFTRA, the smaller of the two actor unions, has been fairly quiet concerning these negotiations. SAG, on the other hand, has been quite boisterous concerning the poor negotiating tactics of the studios.

With the amount of muscle SAG has one would think they would have been able to get the better deal of the two unions. Yet, as in David's battle against Goliath, it looks like the little person got the better of the bigger one. On Tuesday, the 70,000 members of AFTRA ratified a new prime-time TV contract. According to AFTRA President Roberta Reardon, the new contract "contains substantial gains for every category of performer in both traditional and new media." This, despite a campaign by SAG members to persuade those who are members of both unions to vote "no" on the contract.

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