Spring 2011

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 4 of 51

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR THANK YOU, SAG MEMBERS I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the award I received [Oustanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries]. It wasn’t mentioned on your program, but I’d like you to know that I would have loved to have been there, however, I had a commitment to the play The Merchant of Venice, which I’ve been doing on Broadway that I needed to return to. Had the play not been going on, I would have been delighted to be there. I want you to know I am honored and appreciative of such recognition by my peers. Please know how grateful I am to have received this award and I will cherish it. Thanks again. Al Pacino New York Division SAG AWARDS ® PREVIEW Volume 51, Number 4 Screen Actors Guild Magazine FALL/WINTER 2010 TURNING NON-UNION UNION The article on ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE Ernest Borgnine LIFE Turning Non-Union Acting Jobs Into Union Work was very timely and important. Thank you for recogniz- ing the need for this important mission. We should all give a hearty thanks to long-time SAG member Sheldon Smith, who started a workshop on this issue for the Washington-Baltimore Branch’s Conserva- tory. He then used his own time and dime to continue to offer this program to members here and across the country. Who knew 15- plus years ago when he started, that it would spawn a national movement to organize? So I would like to applaud both this article and Sheldon. Thank you! Ellie K. Wang Washington-Baltimore Branch PAYING ONE’S FAIR SHARE There has been a great deal in the news about whether those in the highest income brackets should get tax cuts like others. We have a “graduated” income tax, where those in the higher brackets are taxed at a higher rate, and those earning little or no income pay little or nothing, but even if there were a “flat rate,” the wealthy would still end up paying more. With SAG dues, however, everyone pays the basic amount, plus a percentage of earn- ings, but it is a “reverse graduation,” where the rate drops for the highest earners. With all the discussion about paying one’s fair share, perhaps SAG should change its dues schedule. Aſter all, it is because of our contracts, and members sticking together, that our highest earners are able to earn so much. Larry Nazimek Chicago Branch Editor’s Note: In 2007, the SAG National Board approved adding dues for earnings above $500,000. In addition to base dues, dues are calculated as follows: earnings $1 – $200,000 x 1.85 percent; additional earnings between $200,001 – $500,000 x .5 percent; and then additional earnings between $500,001 – $1,000,000 x .25 percent. DO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS? Screen Actors Guild has gone green, and that means fewer printed publications, but more news and information online and in your email box. Make sure we have your email address so we can stay in touch. Go to right now and register online so you don’t miss out on any of the happenings at your Guild. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR are always welcome from members. They must be signed with your full name and Branch or Division affiliation and are limited to 150 words. Letters selected by the Editorial Subcommittee may be edited for accuracy, space and clarity. Every effort will be made to preserve the author’s intended substance. This section is not available to sitting National Board members. SEND LETTERS TO: Letters to the Editor Screen Actor magazine 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 7th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90036 5757 Wilshire Blvd, 7th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600 Website: Tel: (800) SAG-0767 Fax: (323) 549-6500 Email: EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Pamela Greenwalt Managing Editor Damon Romine Senior Graphic Designer Yvette Youssefia Senior Writer Tom Leupold Advertising Coordinator Donna Reed (323) 549-6698 2010–2011 Editorial Subcommittee Jeff Austin Dave Bachman (alternate) Douglas Bowen Flynn (alternate) Angela Bullock (alternate) William Charlton Assaf Cohen Rebecca Damon (alternate) Evans Donnell (alternate) Sam Freed (alternate) Mike Hodge Art Lynch (alternate) John Carroll Lynch (alternate) Mary McDonald-Lewis Jenny O’Hara Kirk Penberthy Scott Eric Rogers (alternate) Woody Schultz (alternate) Kevin Scullin (alternate) Mandy Steckelberg (alternate) Ned Vaughn Liz Zazzi Contributors Julie Balter, Jon Brockett, Terry Chan, Marcia Fishman, Nancy Fox, Bernadine Goldberg, Joseph Pascual, Donna Reed, Carlina Rodriguez, Vanessa Vander Pluym, Maura Walker, Valerie Yaros Letters may also be faxed to (323) 549-6500 or emailed to The appearance of advertising in Screen Actor neither guarantees nor implies an endorsement by Screen Actors Guild of the product, service, or company or the claims made for the product in such advertising. SAG disclaims any liability whatsoever in connection with advertising appearing in Screen Actor and on the SAG website. 2 SCREEN ACTOR - Spring 2011

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of SAG-AFTRA - Spring 2011