Screen Actors Guild

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Screen Actors Guild
Founded 1933
Members 139,200
Country United States
Affiliation AAAA (AFL-CIO), FIA
Key people Ken Howard, President
David White, National Executive Director
Amy Aquino, Secretary-Treasurer
Anne-Marie Johnson, 1st Vice President
Mike Hodge, 2nd Vice President
David Hartley Margolin, 3rd Vice President
Office location Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Website www.sag.org

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing over 200,000 film and television principal performers and background performers worldwide. According to SAG's Mission Statement, the Guild was created to negotiate and enforce reasonable salaries, benefits, and working conditions for its performers; collect compensation for exploitation of recorded performances by its members, and provide protection against unauthorized use of those performances; and preserve and expand work opportunities for its members.[1]

The Guild was founded in 1933 in an effort to end exploitation of actors in Hollywood who were being forced into oppressive multi-year contracts with the major movie studios that did not include restrictions on work hours or minimum rest periods, and often had clauses that automatically renewed at the studios' discretion. These contracts were notorious for allowing the studios to dictate the public and private lives of the performers who signed them, and most did not have provisions to allow the performer to end the deal.[2]

In addition to its main offices in Hollywood, SAG also maintains local branches in several major US cities, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

Since 1995, the guild has annually awarded the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which are considered an indicator of success at the Academy Awards.

SAG Presidents[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mission Statement". SAG Official Website. http://www.sag.org/about-us/mission-statement.
  2. London Academy of Media, Film & TV, The Screen Actors Guild

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