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SAG Watchdog bravely responds To Sony Pictures Entertainment’s promise of identity protection!

December 18, 2014 (00:41) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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The Ol’ Dog just received this in a SAG-AFTRA e-mail.

Dear SAG-AFTRA Member,

As has been widely reported, Sony Pictures Entertainment was recently hacked, and confidential information from their computer systems was stolen and may be publicly accessible. Sony has indicated that this compromised data may include certain personally identifiable information about current and former employees of Sony and SPE affiliated companies. This potentially includes SAG-AFTRA members who have worked or are working on Sony productions.

Sony has asked SAG-AFTRA to forward the below message to our members to let you know what they are doing about this matter. Part of Sony’s response is to offer one year of identity protection, at no charge, to a present or former employee who requests it and who fits certain criteria they have established.

Please note: While we appreciate any effort taken to protect our members who may be affected, SAG-AFTRA has not had any involvement in the selection or vetting of the identity protection service being offered. In addition to reviewing the below message to determine whether you qualify for the service offered by Sony, we encourage all potentially affected members to take reasonable steps to monitor your credit profile and protect your identity.

If you have questions regarding this message, please call (323) 634-8110.

Sony’s message containing information regarding their offer of these services is below.

“Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) experienced a significant systems disruption on Monday, November 24, 2014. SPE has determined that the cause of the disruption was a brazen cyber attack. After identifying the disruption, SPE took prompt action to contain the cyber attack, engaged recognized security consultants and contacted law enforcement. SPE learned on December 1, 2014, that the security of certain personally identifiable information about its current and former employees may have been compromised.

SPE has made arrangements with a third-party service provider, AllClear ID, to offer 12 months of identity protection services at no charge to potentially impacted current and former production employees of SPE or an SPE affiliated company. Please contact AllClear ID directly to initiate the enrollment process and/or learn more about their services.

AllClear ID

US/Canada: (855) 731-6013

Outside of US/Canada: (512) 201-2183

Please note that in most cases, current production employees will be able to enroll in the AllClear ID services immediately. If you are a former production employee you will be asked to provide the following information in order to confirm your eligibility for AllClear ID services.

  • Legal First and Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Capacity in which you worked for or with Sony Pictures or an affiliated company.
  • Whether your worked on a TV or Motion Picture Production (or other)
  • Name of production (if applicable)
  • Union Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Position/Title
  • Approximate dates you worked for or with Sony Pictures or an affiliated company
  • Location: (City and state, or country)

Due to the high volume of inquiries, it may take several days (generally between 2-4 business days) for AllClear ID to validate your eligibility. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Potentially affected individuals can review the full text of the individual notifications and learn other information about how to protect yourself from identity theft and other potential loss at sonypictures.com.

For address changes, removals, and misdeliveries, please follow the procedures at:


“Look although the Ol’ Dog has done lots of Sony Pictures during his three decade career of doing movies, he will not be intimidated by these thugs.
To prove that, he has has published his photo above. And yes some of those movies were “Talkies!”


The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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Breaking News Flowing From SAG-AFTRA’s current Leadership!!!

December 17, 2014 (14:58) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Network Code Contract.

December 8, 2014 (23:54) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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December 8, 2014 | 07:00PM PT

The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved the tentative agreement reached with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for a successor agreement on the union’s network television code master contract.

The board met Monday by video conference in New York and Los Angeles to review the terms of the new agreement and voted to send the contract to those eligible among the 165,000 members for ratification.

Members who are current on dues should receive the ratification package within the next week.

The tentative deal, reached Nov. 14, covers most non-primetime TV work and about $200 million in annual earnings for members. The gains are similar to those in the three-year SAG-AFTRA master contract covering feature film and primetime work, which members ratified in August.

“This is a terrific deal and I congratulate the hard-working negotiating committee,” said SAG-AFTA president Ken Howard, who chaired the committee. “This agreement achieved significant gains across the numerous areas of the contract. There is something for everyone.”

If approved, the contract goes into effect retroactively on Nov. 16 and runs through June 30, 2018.

The deal includes increases in contract minimums over a three-year period, including an 8.7% overall wage increase to most program fees, implemented through increases of 2.5%  the first year, 3% the second year and 3% the third year.

It also includes a 7.2% overall wage increase for serial (soap opera) performers and a 6.1% hike for work in network news.

The pact also provides for a 0.5% increase in contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds.

Current programs covered by this contract include “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Nightline” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”


I understand after those involved in the approval finished they cleaned their cookie cutters and went home!


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‘Selma,’ ‘Theory of Everything,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Excluded From WGA Awards!

December 4, 2014 (21:23) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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December 2, 2014 | 01:59PM PT

The Writers Guild of America has excluded nearly a dozen high-profile scripts, including “Selma,” “Mr. Turner” and “The Theory of Everything,” from guild awards.

The exclusions emerged Tuesday as the WGA sent out ballots to its members, with 60 eligible scripts in the original category and 48 in the adapted classification. Nominations will be announced Jan. 7 and winners will be unveiled Feb. 14.

The guild’s restrictions are far more rigorous than those of SAG-AFTRA or the Directors Guild of America. Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K.

Additionally, members who have resigned from the guild are ineligible for WGA awards consideration — as was the case when John Ridley’s script for the 2013 “12 Years a Slave” was ineligible at the WGA and went on to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay.

Ridley resigned from the WGA during the bitter 2007-08 strike. So his script for Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side” is not eligible for awards among films released this year.

The restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the WGA, which has been the ultimate arbiter of screenplay credits since 1941.

WGA East president Michael Winship told Variety last year that there’s no plan to change the WGA policy. “We feel very strongly that the awards should honor members and signatory producers,” Winship noted.

In the original screenplay category, the exclusions include Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb for “Selma,” Mike Leigh for “Mr. Turner,” John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Justin Simien for “Dear White People” and Damian Szifron for “Wild Tales.”

In the adapted category, exclusions include Anthony McCarten’s “The Theory of Everything,” Andrew Bovell’s “A Most Wanted Man,” Hossein Amini’s “The Two Faces of January,” Adam Pava and Irena Brignull’s “The Boxtrolls” and Dean DeBlois’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

Leigh has received five Oscar nominations for scripts, starting with “Secrets and Lies,” which did receive a WGA nomination.

Other notable recent scripts excluded by the WGA that have gone on to win the Oscar include Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and David Seidler’s “The King’s Speech.”

News of the exclusions was first reported by the Hitfix site.

I thought I’d post this before hitting the sack.  And ‘yes’ I’m wearing my union suit!


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SAG-AFTRA Members Hit by Oct. 18 Hack at ART Payroll!

December 4, 2014 (16:53) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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December 3, 2014 | 06:17PM PT

SAG-AFTRA members have been notified that hackers may have obtained their data from an Oct. 18 data security breach at American Residuals and Talent Inc. The union notified members this week of the hack. “The breach may have affected the data of individuals who have received payments from ART Payroll,” SAG-AFTRA said. “We are working with ART Payroll to ensure all proper steps are taken to mitigate this data security breach.”

Chris Dilenno, an attorney for ART Payroll, told Variety that its clients were notified last week of the breach. He noted that the Oct. 18 breach lasted less than two hours.

ART President Emily Erskine said that the information potentially accessed by the intruders includes clients’ names, Social Security numbers, addresses, bank account information, date of birth and email addresses.

“On October 18, we detected an unauthorized login onto our web application,” she wrote in a letter to clients. “We worked immediately to contain the unauthorized access and prevent it from happening again. The unauthorized intruders had access to the database for less than two hours. We launched an investigation and retained outside forensic experts to confirm whether employee information may have been accessed.”

She said that investigators determined that SAG-AFTRA data  may have been accessed by the intruders.

“While our investigation is ongoing, it is possible that none of your information was accessed or taken,” Erskine added. “We are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of your information, but we are providing notice of this incident to you out of an abundance of caution.”



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