16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® key deadlines and events announced

Apr 6, 2009


SAG Awards® will be Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010



Los Angeles (April 06, 2009) -– The key deadlines and events leading up to the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® -- the night that actors honor their own -- were announced today by SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams. The prestigious industry event annually honors outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television, including the distinctive ensemble awards.

Submissions for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will open Monday, July 13, 2009, at www.sagawards.org/submissions. Nominations for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, TNT and TBS will simulcast the annual presentation of the coveted Actor® statuettes from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. Central and 6 p.m. MT, marking TNT’s 13th Actors® telecast and TBS’s fifth presentation of the SAG Awards ceremony.

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. Actor® 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 the outstanding performances of 2009.

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 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are:

Friday, April 10, 2009
Deadline for SAG members to pay November 2008 dues to be eligible for random sample drawings for SAG Awards Nominating Committees

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Nominating Committees Drawn by Random Sample

Monday, July 13, 2009
Submissions Open

Friday, September 11, 2009
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members to Make Address Changes

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Open
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Submissions Close (Due at SAG by 5 p.m. PT)

Friday, October 30, 2009
Media Nomination Announcement & Telecast Credential Applications Close
Publicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Close

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Nominations Ballots Mailed

Monday December 14, 2009
Nomination Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 5 p.m. PT

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Deadline for Paying November 2009 Dues and/or Changing Address with SAG to be Eligible for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Nominations Announced

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Records Pulled for Final Balloting

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Open

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Final Ballots Mailed to Members

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Publicists Telecast Credential Applications Close

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Final Ballots Due at the Elections Firm by 12 Noon PT

Saturday, January 23, 2010
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Yale Summers are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.  More information is available online at www.sagawards.org.

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 more than 120,000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and 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. Headquartered in Los Angeles, 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," “10 Items or Less,” Tyler Perry's “House of Payne" and “Meet the Browns;” the eagerly anticipated late-night series starring George Lopez; 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 like "Funniest Commercials of the Year"; special events, such as "TBS Presents: a ‘Very Funny’ Festival: Just For Laughs” event in Chicago in June; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

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