SAG Appoints Bob Bergen National Chair of Animation


For Immediate Release:

SAG National Board of Directors Appoints Bob Bergen
National Chair of Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation

Negotiating Committee Receives Report on The Presidents’ Forum for One Union
Announces Fiscal-Year 2010 Surplus and Receipt of Unqualified Audit Opinion

Los Angeles, (July 24, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors, meeting in a one-day video plenary in Los Angeles and New York, named Bob Bergen National Chair of the 2010 Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation Negotiating Committee. Pursuant to Screen Actors Guild policy, the members of negotiating committees are confidential and their names will not be released. Negotiations for a successor agreement to this contract are scheduled to begin September 27, 2010.

In other business, National President Ken Howard reported to the Board regarding the formation of The Presidents’ Forum for One Union – a joint platform with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to facilitate development of a process that can lead SAG and AFTRA to form one autonomous union.

Screen Actors Guild’s contingent to The Presidents’ Forum will consist of six SAG members including President Howard as Chair, Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, and four additional members selected from the Guild’s SAG/AFTRA Relations Task Force. The Forum will include a similar group designated by AFTRA.

President Howard said, “This is a positive step toward uniting SAG and AFTRA and good news for our members. The creation of a single performers’ union is overdue, and I’m pleased to be working with Roberta Reardon, who’s been such a champion of that goal.”

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SAG VAs Seal Deal with AMPTP


Variety reports:

The Screen Actors Guild has reached agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers on a pair of two-year contracts covering voice actors working in TV animation and basic animation.

“We are pleased to have concluded these negotiations and to have arrived at a fair deal that delivers solid economic gains for our members,” SAG said in a statement. “Screen Actors Guild members working in these areas now have the benefit of negotiated compensation increases, an improved pension contribution rate and a template for compensation in new media.”

The agreements will expire concurrently with the feature-primetime agreement on June 30, 2011. They include effective annual wage increases of 3 % in the first year and 3.5% in the second; a .5% increase in pension contributions; and new media terms reflecting those negotiated under the new feature-primetime deal.