Screen Actors Guild

American labor union

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing over 200,000 film and television principal performers and background performers worldwide. According to SAG's Mission Statement, the Guild was created to negotiate and enforce reasonable salaries, benefits, and working conditions for its performers; collect compensation for exploitation of recorded performances by its members, and provide protection against unauthorized use of those performances; and preserve and expand work opportunities for its members.[1]

Screen Actors Guild
Date dissolved2012
CountryUnited States
AffiliationAAAA (AFL-CIO), FIA
Key peopleKen Howard, President
David White, National Executive Director
Amy Aquino, Secretary-Treasurer
Anne-Marie Johnson, 1st Vice President
Mike Hodge, 2nd Vice President
David Hartley Margolin, 3rd Vice President
Office locationHollywood, Los Angeles, California

The Guild was founded in 1933 in an effort to end exploitation of actors in Hollywood who were being forced into oppressive multi-year contracts with the major movie studios that did not include restrictions on work hours or minimum rest periods. They often had clauses that automatically renewed at the studios' discretion. These contracts were notorious for allowing the studios to dictate the public and private lives of the performers who signed them, and most did not have provisions to allow the performer to end the deal.[2]

In addition to its main offices in Hollywood, SAG also maintains local branches in several major US cities, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

Since 1995, the guild has annually awarded the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which are considered an indicator of success at the Academy Awards.

The membership of the Screen Actors Guild voted to merge with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on March 30, 2012. It was later renamed as SAG-AFTRA.[3]

SAG Presidents



  1. "Mission Statement". SAG Official Website.
  2. London Academy of Media, Film & TV, The Screen Actors Guild
  3. McNary, Dave (January 25, 2013). "SAG, AFTRA merger makes for few bumps". Variety.

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