15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Key Deadlines and Events Announced

15th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® KEY DEADLINES AND EVENTS ANNOUNCED


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SAG Awards® will be Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009


Los Angeles, California
– The key deadlines and events leading up to the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® -- the night that actors honor their own -- were announced today by SAG Awards® Committee Chair Yale Summers. The prestigious industry event annually honors outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television, including the distinctive ensemble awards.

Submissions for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will open on Monday, July 14, 2008, at www.sagawards.org/submissions. Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, carried live on TNT, tnt.tv and tbs.com. TNT and TBS will simulcast the annual presentation of the coveted Actor® statuettes from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. Central and 6 p.m. MT, marking TNT’s 12th Actors® telecast and TBS’s fourth presentation of the SAG Awards™ ceremony.

This year’s simulcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, produced record ratings for TBS and TNT. The ceremony, which was watched by more than 6.1 million viewers and was the week’s top cable program, set a new cable record for the ceremony, scoring its best performance among adults 18-34, adults 18-49, viewers and households since coming to cable in 1998.

Of the top accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are conferred solely by members of Screen Actors Guild. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present ensemble and cast awards. The SAG Awards nominees are selected by separate film and television nominating committees, each consisting of 2,100 SAG members from around the country, randomly selected anew each year. All active members of SAG will receive ballots to determine who will receive Actors® for outstanding performances in 2008.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are anticipated by audiences as an emotional, memorable evening of live television and are watched closely by the industry as a precursor of possible Oscar® and Emmy® recognition.

Key deadlines and events leading to the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Monday, April 14, 2008
Deadline for SAG to receive November 2007 dues to be eligible for SAG Awards Nominating Committee Drawings

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Nominating Committees Drawn by Random Sample

Monday, July 14, 2008
Submissions Open

Friday, September 19, 2008
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Open
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Submissions Close (Due at SAG by 5 pm, PT)

Friday, October 31, 2008
Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Close
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Nominations Ballots Mailed

Monday December 15, 2008
Deadline for Paying November 2008 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Nominations Announced at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Open

Friday, December 26, 2008
Final Ballots Mailed to Members

Monday, January 5, 2009
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Close

Friday, January 23, 2009
Final Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Sunday, January 25, 2009

15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and Kathy Connell is the producer. Yale Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.

Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 127, 000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and all other new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as “My Boys,” “The Bill Engvall Show,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “10 Items or Less” and “Frank TV;” hot contemporary comedies like “The Office,” “My Name is Earl,” "Sex and the City,“ “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Family Guy,” “King of Queens,” “Seinfeld” and “Friends;” specials and special events, such as “Funniest Commercials of the Year” and “The Comedy Festival” in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama “The Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgwick; “Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter; “Raising the Bar” (working title), starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; and ”Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as “Bones,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace,” “ER” and “Charmed;” broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.