21st SAG Awards Set For January 25, 2015

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 9:21am PST

sagawards__130708181913LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2014) – Screen Actors Guild Awards® Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today that the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, honoring the outstanding performances of calendar year 2014, has been scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. The 2015 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT, marking the 18th consecutive year the SAG Awards have been telecast on television’s destination for drama and the 10th year on cable’s top-rated comedy network. Timing for the 21st Annual SAG Awards nominations announcement and the full calendar of key dates for the 21st Annual SAG Awards will be announced in the coming months.

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SAG Awards: Final Presenters Unveiled

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 9:57am PST

sagawards1__140114141120LOS ANGELES (Jan. 17, 2014) – Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Pauley Perrette, and Jeremy Renner are confirmed to present at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

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SAG Awards Adds More Presenters

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 11:44am PST

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 15, 2014) – Matt Damon,sagawards__130708181913 Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 11

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 1:52pm PST
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 11 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Pete, Deadline’s Awards Columnist, and host David Bloom discuss the impacts on major Oscar categories of this past weekend’s awards ceremonies for the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild. Are winners building momentum that may be unstoppable through to Oscar night, or are the races still wide open?

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SAG Awards Film: ‘Argo’ On A Roll; Is It Unstoppable?

Pete Hammond

Though the media often refer to Outstanding Cast In A Motion Picture award as the Screen Actors  Guild’s version of Best Picture, SAG balks at the comparison. The actors say their winners don’t always match up and in fact are … Read More »

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SAG Awards’ ‘Actors Stories’ Remain Enduring Show Tradition

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.

And the winner was: Angela Lansbury.

When the Screen Actors Guild Awards first came on the scene in 1995, Lansbury was nominated for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. She lost to … Read More »

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SAG Awards Submissions Deadline Is This Thursday

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 4:56am PDT

LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2012) – The deadline for consideration for nomination for this year’s Actors® is fast approaching. Submissions for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® must be filed by Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 5 p.m. (PT). For the first time submissions may submitted only online at sagawards.org/submissions.

The Screen Actors Guild Award—The Actor®—is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. Actors may submit their own performances from 2012 for consideration in categories of the actor’s choosing. With the actor’s permission, producers, studios/networks, agents, managers, or publicists may also submit performances for consideration in the category designated by the actor.

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SAG Pension & Health Plan Rocked By New Lawsuit: Allegations Target CEO Bruce Dow

Feds Probing SAG P&H Embezzlements/Cover-Ups Allegations

BREAKING 7:30 PM… EXCLUSIVE… MORE DETAILS… Whistleblower Craig E Simmons today filed a wrongful termination lawsuit SAG Lawsuitagainst his former employer, the Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plan. And the fired high-ranking executive makes explosive allegations against CEO Bruce Dow who is still apparently employed there. These accusations have been informally leveled against Dow and the SAG P&HP for months now, but for the first time Simmons puts them into the record via his legal complaint. (Read the 19-page lawsuit here.) If true, they beg for a complete and independent investigation as well as housecleaning at SAG P&HP which governs more than $2 billion in assets on behalf of SAG members.

Simmons was executive director of SAGP&HP human resources and held other top titles, and is a lawyer. One of his attorneys on this lawsuit is the well-known Greg Smith, who is currently running for LA City Attorney. The complaint alleges that Simmons was wrongfully terminated after reporting illegal conduct by CEO Dow. Simmons repeatedly talked and wrote to SAG P&HP trustees and execs and claimed Dow was swindling the organization out of multi-millions. The lawsuit filed in LA Superior Court today alleges that:

– Dow underreported the amount of money embezzled by a former employee,

– Dow was sending insurance business to his wife and pocketing part of the premiums,

– Dow was paying his brother-in-law for doing no work

– Dow was using insider investment information to benefit the International Church Of The Foursquare Gospel where he was a practicing member

– Dow asked Simmons to lie to the trustees and to the Department Of Labor to coverup wrongdoing,

– Dow is guilty of “obstruction of justice”.

These claims are separate from Simmons’ already public allegations made in letters to the trustees about a former SAG P&H Plan employee who embezzled millions from the organization and apparently was never made to account for the missing money or his fraud.

SAG P&H bigwigs and their surrogates have been trying to move heaven and earth to discredit anyone making allegations against the organization, especially while the SAG-AFTRA merger is being voted up or down by the Screen Actors Guild membership right now. The merger plans right now contain no blueprint for how the two unions’ pension and health plans will be conducted because of no formal study by SAG and AFTRA leaders.

Present SAG Guild leadership likes to point out that the SAG P&H Plan is run separately from the union. But some of SAG Guild’s officers have been SAG P&HP trustees. For instance, at the time Simmons was fired, David White was President of the Board of Trustees of the SAG P&H Plans and the National Executive Director of the SAG Guild. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is a Trustee of the SAG P&HP and the General Counsel of the SAG Guild. John McGuire is a Trustee of the SAG P&HP and the Senior Adviser of the SAG Guild.

UPDATE: In January, SAG P&HP said Dow had requested a leave of absence just as the scandal surrounding him was starting to become public. No investigation was ever announced. In my opinion, even the appearance of a coverup must stop immediately and an independent probe begun.]

In documents filed today by his attorneys asking for a jury trial, Simmons alleges that he was wrongfully terminated on March 25, 2011, because he wouldn’t cover up Dow’s alleged multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme of the SAG P&HP. The firing of Simmons, who had been at SAG-PPHP since summer 2008, came just over two months after he had been promoted to HR Executive Director on January 14, 2011. Under the complaint of Labor Code and Public Policy violations by SAG-PPHP, Simmons is seeking punitive damages “in a sum which is an amount appropriate to punish and set an example of said Defendants, to deter such conduct in the future and to set an example for others”.

The lawsuit says that, in the beginning of 2011, Dow was under investigation from the Department of Labor in regards to funneling “SAG-PPHP insurance business to his wife and pocketing a portion of the money on the insurance premiums” and providing a “phantom job” to his brother-in-law. This came, the complaint says, after Simmons had earlier reported to Board trustees Leah French and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland that Dow was “underreporting … fraud incidents by millions of dollars” in regards to another employee stealing from the fund.

In January 2011, Simmons says that, as various other SAG-PPHP employees were being interviewed about the matter by the Labor Department, Dow asked him to “lie to the Department Of Labor investigator by affirming that Dow’s brother-in-law was an employee of SAG-PPHP.” Simmons says he “refused” that request. Simmons says he also refused Dow’s request not to tell the Board about being interviewed by the DOL. Simmons alleges that Dow arranged for “another Plan Executive Amanda Bernard to be interviewed” instead. Read More »

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Advisory: More SAG P&H Plan Allegations

I have been inundated with more insider allegations — some of them shocking — about the Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plan and the way its Board Of Trustees is running the organization. Look for major updates today.

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EXCLUSIVE: Feds Investigating SAG P&H Plan Embezzlements And Cover-Ups Allegations

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that whistleblower Craig Simmons has been telling federal authorities what he knows about the Screen Actors Guild Pension & Health Plan scandal. During October 2011, November 2011, and December 2011, he testified under oath during three sessions in Los Angeles with the FBI, IRS, Securities & Exchange Commission, Department Of Justice, and Department Of Labor inside the Federal Building in Westwood. My information is that the authorities were taking copious notes while Simmons spoke. Insiders also tell me that federal investigations are now ongoing into not just one embezzlement and cover-up inside the SAG P&H Plan but also another fraud and cover-up there which makes two scandals altogether. I understand the FBI asked Simmons not to go public about the probes and he has not spoken publicly about his whistleblowing. [See Simmons' letter here to the SAG P&HP 36 Board Of Trustees, and Simmons' letter here to the Department Of Labor, which led to the federal probes.] So Deadline is the first to break this important news.

My understanding is that when Simmons went in to testify, the feds already had documents in their possession outlining what embezzlements and cover-ups may have taken place.  However, I can also now confirm that federal investigators last week and this week arrived at SAG P&H Plan offices in Southern California and in Massachusetts and carried out several dozen boxes of paperwork to unmarked cars waiting outside. (Did Federal Officials “Raid” The SAG P&H Plan Offices?) New information reaching me is that this visit took place on Wednesday, March 7th, and not on Friday, March 9th, as I’d previously reported. And a few weeks earlier a man identifying himself as an investigator came into the offices at 4 PM with a copy machine on big dolly and spent 4 to 5 hours Xeroxing documents. And today New England SAG member James McIsaac wrote on Facebook from Massachusetts that “My local pres just confirmed the FBI picked up some papers at the P&HP office.” I’ve received more confirmations that the visits were in connection with official probes into the SAH P&HP wrongdoing.

In my opinion, it’s a day late and a dollar short for the SAG P&H Plan to come clean about exactly what is going on regarding any and all city, county, and/or federal investigations into allegations of embezzlements and cover-ups. (In fact I am in a possession of an internal SAG P&HP memo instructing staff to tell any callers about my article to say, “No, nothing happened on Friday” — because it took place that Wednesday. Talk about parsing!) Nothing worse than if that organizations is accused of trying to cover-up the cover-up of the fraud. And nothing worse than these probes intensifying during the membership vote on the pending SAG-AFTRA merger. Because no future plans for the two unions’ pension and health plans – not even whether they’ll be operated separately or combined — have been revealed or even formally studied by SAG and/or AFTRA leaderships. Present SAG Guild leadership likes to point out that the SAG P&H Plan is run separately from the union. But some of SAG Guild’s officers have been SAG P&HP trustees. For instance, at the time Simmons was fired, David White was President of the Board of Trustees of the SAG P&H Plans and the National Executive Director of the SAG Guild. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is a Trustee of the SAG P&HP and the General Counsel of the SAG Guild. John McGuire is a Trustee of the SAG P&HP and the Senior Adviser of the SAG Guild.

Craig Simmons, of course, is the veteran SAG P&H Plan high-ranking executive and attorney who first discovered what he alleges are several embezzlement schemes and cover-ups inside the organization. Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Final ‘Opposition Statement’ To SAG-AFTRA Merger Fact-Checked By SAG

By | Sunday February 19, 2012 @ 9:37pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: I now have the official ‘Opposition Statement” (see below, or click here for the .pdf) that will be included in the official referendum package sent to members in good standing voting on the SAG-AFTRA merger. It turns out … Read More »

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Next SAG Awards Set For Jan. 27, 2013

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 7:05am PST

SAG Awards 2013LOS ANGELES (Feb. 16, 2012) – Screen Actors Guild Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announced that next award season’s 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the Los

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Labor Law Expert Criticizes SAG-AFTRA As “The Merger That Solves Nothing”

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 12:11pm PST

Actors Largely Support Proposed SAG-AFTRA Merger At SAG Awards
SAG Will Include Anti-Merger Statement With Voting Materials

Scott J. Witlin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of the firm’s Labor … Read More »

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Actors Largely Support Proposed SAG-AFTRA Merger At SAG Awards, But There Is Also Opposition And Concern

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 4:33pm PST

SAG Awards Live Blog: SAG Prez Touts Merger With AFTRA
AFTRA National Board OKs SAG Merger, SAG Board OKs AFTRA Merger
SAG Will Include Anti-Merger With Voting Materials Sent To Members

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SAG Awards Winners List: ‘The Help’, Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Modern Family’, Steve Buscemi, Jessica Lange

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 4:31pm PST

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Backstage At The SAG Awards

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST

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Actors Largely Support Proposed SAG-AFTRA Merger At SAG Awards, But There Is Also Opposition And Concern

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Final ‘Harry Potter’ Movie And HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win SAG Stunt Awards

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2012) – The stunt performers and coordinators from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones” are recipients of this year’s Screen Actors Guild Honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles, it was announced today from the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet by Screen Actors Guild Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Awards Committee Member Scott Bakula.

Screen Actors Guild’s Stunt Ensemble Honors commend work within the stunt community during 2011 and recognize stunt performers and coordinators.

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SAG Awards: Shrine Auditorium Evacuated

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 1:58pm PST
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UPDATE 2:10 PM: After a 15-minute evacuation, people are being slowly let back into the Shrine after going through a new extensive search, including metal detectors. The Red Carpet too is being reopened. Still no explanation as to what prompted the swift measure.Read More »

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SAG Will Include Anti-Merger Statement With Voting Materials Sent To Members

By | Saturday January 28, 2012 @ 8:56am PST

SAG National Board Okays AFTRA Merger

The Screen Actors Guild tells me this morning that its National Board Of Directors will include a so-called ‘Opposition Statement’ … Read More »

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