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Issue: #2

January 24, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE SAG and AFTRA Members Ratify New TV and Film Agreements 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards KMRC Committee Meeting The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Conservatory presents

AFTRA Annual Membership Meeting Special Guest: Claire Simon C.S.A. President/Director of Casting, Simon Casting (The Chicago Code & Detroit 187) Social Hour: 5 p.m. Refreshments Meeting: 6 p.m. Business Meeting & Special Guest

The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin Photo Exhibit

Set and shot here, The Chicago Code premiers at 8 p.m. Monday, February 7 on Fox. Come out and talk about the show. Hear from the casting director and members who have been a part of the series.

Don't Miss Chicago AFTRA/SAG Radio Players Feb. 23

NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Demystifying SAG Low Budget Contracts


Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611

Support Simon Casting's 10th Winter Clothing Drive for the children of Englewood. Please bring donations of new or gently used children's coats, hats, gloves, fleece, and scarves in size M XL to the meeting. Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. You may purchase a fourhour ticket for $10 (cash only) at the meeting. -Please bring your paid-up union card-

SAG and AFTRA Members Ratify New TV and Film Agreements In national voting completed on January 14, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production under the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreement and Television Agreement, Exhibit A to the AFTRA Network Television Code and the CW Supplement, which applies to both unions. AFTRA, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement in November on the deal that provides increases in base rates, contributions to the unions' benefits plans, expanded employment opportunities and other improvements for working performers. Overall, the memberships of SAG and AFTRA voted 93.52 percent to 6.48 percent in favor of the

new agreement. Ballots were mailed to 137,437 members of AFTRA and SAG, of which 25.09 percent returned them. The final vote was certified by Integrity Voting Systems, an impartial election service based in Everett, Washington. More information is available at and 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors' peers. Online voting is encouraged. All votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, January 28, 2011. Please help the SAG Awards stay green by voting online. For more information about voting and how to see nominated films, please visit the SAG Awards online. ( The SAG Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. (CT), from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the and live pre-show webcasts, which begin at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Ernest Borgnine Honored with 2010 SAG Life Achievement Award Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive SAG's most prestigious accolade, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances. In making the announcement, SAG National President Ken Howard said, "Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity." KMRC Committee Meeting Noon, Wednesday January 26 Do you want to have a role in guaranteeing that the KMRC continues to be a valuable resource for Chicago's AFTRA and SAG members? Put your ideas and energy to work. Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee. Your input is important to the KMRC and the many members who use it. Whatever your skills or areas of interest are, your help is needed. Think about how you can help. There is always much work to do. To join the committee or to RSVP for the January 26 meeting, call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081. The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Conservatory presents: The Business of Doing Business Guest panel to include a casting agent, talent agent, tax expert, and AFTRA/SAG staff. 6 - 8 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2011 Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 RSVP required, (312) 573-8081 Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario

between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Work the perk! The Business of Doing Business - like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming - is a benefit of your union membership and offered to all AFTRA and SAG members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. Demystifying SAG Low Budget Contracts A Breakfast Workshop presented by SAG/AFTRA Chicago Yes, you can afford to use professional actors in your film! There is a Screen Actors Guild contract for every budget, for shorts and features-and we'll show you how to use them. WHERE: Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 WHEN:

8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 2

WHY: This free workshop is provided as a service to educate and strengthen Chicago's filmmaking community and to highlight the benefits and ease of casting professional SAG actors. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please RSVP by Friday, January 28 to Kathy Byrne at QUESTIONS? (312) 573-8081. Actors welcome too! The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin Photo Exhibit Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, vintage photo exhibit that tells compelling stories about work and working-class people through the eyes of renowned photographer Milton Rogovin now through June 30 at Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The debut exhibit, The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin, features some striking images of workers from the living photographer's collection that have never been seen before by the public. "Milton Rogovin is known all over the world for his photography of working-class people," said Roosevelt University Professor and Gage Gallery Director Michael Ensdorf of Rogovin, who is frequently compared to the great social documentary photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Sponsored by Roosevelt's College of Arts and Sciences, the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies and the Labor and Working-Class History Association, the exhibit will run through June 30. Exhibit viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. More information is available online. Don't Miss Chicago AFTRA/SAG Radio Players on Feb. 23 Presentation: The Mercury Theatre on the Air Program: War of the Worlds - directed by Guy Barile (Originally broadcast October 30, 1938, on the CBS Radio Network) This is the radio play that Time magazine labeled "a textbook example of mass hysteria." Listeners who tuned into the program from its beginning knew it was simply a compelling drama adapted from the H.G. Wells story. However, many of those who came in late believed the

dramatized news bulletins, interviews with scientists, and announcements from government offices were real - and some who lived in the Grover's Mill, N.J. area tried to run from what they believed was almost certain extinction by creatures from Mars. The AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players are proud to re-create the script that made America love, hate, and, most of all, become aware of a huge talent by the name of Orson Welles. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue) Admission is free, however seating is on a first come, first served basis. Scholarships Listed by application deadline Union Plus Scholarships Application deadline: January 31 Applications are available for the 2011 Union Plus Scholarship Program, which provides $150,000 in scholarships to union members, their spouses and dependents. To download the application, visit In addition to demonstrating academic ability, applicants are required to submit essays of no more than 500 words describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the union movement and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship. Individuals must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Graduate school students are also eligible for Union Plus Scholarships. CFL Scholarship Applications Available Now Application deadline: March 1. The Chicago Federation of Labor will once again offer the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Awards to 10 graduating high school students who are members of union families. Five of the $2,000 awards are academic-based and five are random-drawing scholarships. Students may only submit applications for one of the two categories. Applications are available online at The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund of the SAG Foundation Application deadline: March 15 The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund was created in 1973 in honor of the Guild's longtime executive secretary. Over the last 35 years, the Scholarship Fund has helped qualified Guild members and their children reach their educational potential by providing more than $6 million in scholarships for study at accredited institutions of higher learning. The number and amount of the awards to be given are determined annually. There are two types of scholarships: The standard scholarships are for eligible members and children of eligible members for college education. The transitional scholarships are designed to assist those experienced SAG members who need further education to change their careers, and who require financial assistance in order to obtain it. The awards apply only to accredited and licensed universities, colleges, junior colleges, adult specialty schools or trade/vocational schools. An application and complete guidelines are available at

The George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation Application deadline: May 1 This fund was established to honor the key founder of the union, George Heller, and now memorializes him as well as many other AFTRA members and executives who cared about and contributed to the union. Scholarships are offered by the foundation to AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study in any field including broadcast, journalism and labor relations or for professional training in the arts. Eligibility requires AFTRA membership in good standing for at least five years. The criteria for the limited number of scholarships available are academic excellence, financial need and acceptance/enrollment in a university, professional school or other accredited institution of higher education. Twelve to fifteen scholarships, not subject to renewal, are currently awarded up to a maximum of $2,500 each. Complete guidelines and an application are available at In response to members' requests to stay informed, The Activator may include notice of rallies, pickets and other actions by unions and the labor movement that have not been sanctioned by the National or Chicago Board of Directors of AFTRA or SAG. This information is provided as a convenience. The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by the Guild or AFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. Neither the Guild nor AFTRA makes any warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. AFTRA/SAG Chicago: (312) 573-8081 Hot line: (312) 867-3710 E-mail: WEBSITES and


Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 Social Hour: 5 p.m. Refreshments Meeting: 6 p.m. Business Meeti...


Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 Social Hour: 5 p.m. Refreshments Meeting: 6 p.m. Business Meeti...