SAG is mailing ballots for ratification of the tentative TV/Theatrical Contract with the AMPTP on Tuesday, May 19th. So there’s controversy inside the big actors guild over why the new SAG leadership is waiting until May 21st in Hollywood and June 1st in NYC to hold “informational meetings”. The ballots, due June 9th, will include “Pro” and “Con’ statements in the accompanying materials. The lobbying has shifted into overdrive by both sides as of today.
First, the “Vote No” side held a picnic today in the Griffith Park Old Zoo Picnic Area attended by about 50 SAG members. It was attended by Alan Rosenberg, the SAG president, and SAG board members like Anne-Marie Johnson and Anne DeSalvo, and other actors and stunt community members who oppose the tentative Theatrical/TV Contract. “This picnic is a celebration of our tenacity and determination to get a deal for our members that allows us to feed our families, pay the bills and keep a roof over our heads – in short – to earn a livelihood at the profession for which we have trained and established careers. Come to the picnic and we can talk about why we must Vote NO on the SAG TV/Theatrical Contract and what more we can do to spread the word to the members,” said the email. Here’s video of the speakers:
As I’ve previously reported, the new SAG leadership is paying the PR firm The Saylor Company to strategize its “Vote Yes” campaign. (EXCLUSIVE: New SAG Leadership Secretly Hires Pricey PR Firm To Push “Vote Yes”) A few members of the “Vote No” contingent protested SAG’s hiring of Saylor outside the flackery’s offices earlier this month.
Today, the SAG National Majority uploaded a new video titled “I’m Voting Yes” onto the guild website. It features the following 34 actors (and directors and producers) said to “strongly” support the tentative TV/Theatrical agreement: Adam Arkin, Amy Brenneman, Stephen Collins, Kate Walsh, Thomas Kopache, Sam Freed, John Kassir, Dylan Baker, Judith Hogue, Ken Howard, Gabrielle Carteris, Ed Begley Jr, Jason George, Assaf Cohen, David Brisbin, Gregory Itzen, Robert Pine, Mark Linn Baker, Mike Hodge, Chris Sarandon, James LeGros, Jack Coleman, Matt Servito, Richard Speight, Ashley Crowe, Ellen Crawford, Rafael Sbarge, Joe Grifasi, Kate Flannery, Arye Gross, Clyde Kusatsu, John Rothman, Mike Genovese, and Mitch Ryan.