SAG forbids actors to participate in Golden Globes

SAG president Alan Rosenberg has announced that not one of the more than 70 actors nominated for a Golden Globe will attend the Jan. 13 ceremonies because of the WGA’s plans to picket the event.</P> <P>Variety reports that the Globes have been thrown into uncertainty due to the WGA’s refusal to grant a strike waiver to struck Globes producer Dick Clark Prods., which offered to accept the same terms as David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner. </P> <P>WGA will picket the Globes, scheduled to air on NBC, which has become a prime target of the WGA’s strike campaign in the past few weeks.</P> <P>Rosenberg, who made the announcement Friday afternoon, has been a staunch supporter of the two-month strike.</P> <P>"After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters," he said. "We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers."</P> <P>Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Jorge Camara issued this statement: "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike. We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday."</P> <P>WGA West president Patric Verrone also issued a response praising SAG and blaming the studios for the award-season confusion.</P> <P>"We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support," Verrone said. "The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work."</P> <P>Talks between the WGA and the AMPTP collapsed on Dec. 7 after the majors insisted the guild remove six proposals from the table as a condition of continued bargaining. No new talks have been set; the Directors Guild of America may start their talks with the AMPTP soon.</P> <P>Rosenberg also announced SAG is urging its members to appear on the two Worldwide Pants shows that have waiver deals with the WGA — "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" but indicated they should avoid "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."</P> <P>"Actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the golden Globes," Rosenberg said. "As I have said since this strike began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA."</P>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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