SAG announced tonight that, due to space constraints of the Harmony Gold theater and the guild’s policy of using union venues, tomorrow’s information confab is being limited to the first 450 paid-up members. (The WGA used the very large Shrine and Santa Monica civic auditoriums for their Town Hall meetings — and SAG is a much larger union, 120K vs 12K. I’m told SAG sought bigger venues but no other union venues were available on such short notice.) Meanwhile, I hear some below-the-liners and/or a “faction” of members intend to picket outside in protest. Here is SAG’s website notice:
TOWN HALL MEETING – DECEMBER 8, 2008
Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,
We know many of you plan to attend the informational Town Hall meeting at Harmony Gold Theater tomorrow at 7 pm. While we tried to secure a larger venue, seasonal parties, award consideration screenings, and our policy to use only union facilities, limited our options.
We will admit the first 450 members who have paid up SAG membership cards to the Town Hall. We are currently looking for an appropriate venue so that we can hold another Town Hall for Hollywood SAG members very soon.
We appreciate your interest in your union and will continue to work around the clock to plan an additional Town Hall in the near future.