Special Diversity Programs and Opportunities

[1] *REMINDER* to complete SAG Diversity Census 2010
[2] CBS Network Accepting Submissions for Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase
[3] CCH Pounder, Kal Penn to be honored by at Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards on Monday, August 23 in Los Angeles
[4] SAG Commemorates the ADA 20th Anniversary; Take Our “Disability in 2010” Survey; and the kickoff of the SAG Dare To Be Diverse screening series. 

For more information, please contact SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity at: diversity@sag.org.

[1] *REMINDER* to complete SAG Diversity Census 2010

Have you filled out and returned the SAG Diversity Census 2010 you received with your last dues bill? If not, take less than a minute to fill it out online here www.surveymonkey.com/s/sagdiversitycensus2010

Screen Actors Guild is committed to attaining full inclusion and equal employment for all members who represent the wide diversity of the American Scene. In order to best serve you, we must identify the demographics of our diverse membership.

All information provided is voluntary, optional, kept confidential and used for internal purposes only. If you have already completed and returned the survey online or by mail, you do not need to do it again. Thank you.   

[2] CBS Network Now Accepting Submissions for 6th Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase

As part of their ongoing effort to expand job opportunities for performers of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBT performers and seniors, CBS is now accepting submissions for its sixth talent showcase for diverse sketch comedians, taking place January 2011 in Los Angeles. Executive producer and writer Rick Najera (Mad TVIn Living Color) will once again direct this showcase.

You must be available to audition, rehearse and perform in Los Angeles but all are welcome to submit.



[3] CCH Pounder, Kal Penn to be honored at Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards on Monday, August 23 in Los Angeles

What: Tri-Union honoree CCH Pounder and SAG honoree Kal Penn will be recognized for their contributions to diversity and positively changing perceptions in the entertainment industry. Other honorees include Deaf West Theatre Company (AEA honoree) and writer/producer Yvette Lee Bowser (AFTRA honoree).

The AEA, AFTRA and SAG Equal Employment Opportunities/Diversity Committees present this annual award to recognize those who help build a foundation for diversity in our industry. In 2005, it was formally named after Ivy Bethune, a tireless member of all three unions who has devoted more than 80 years to civil rights and equal opportunity. 

When: 7 p.m. - Reception; 8 p.m. – Ceremony, Monday, August 23, 2010

Where: Colony Theatre
555 North Third Street
Burbank, CA  91502

Attendance is free for members of the three unions (space permitting) who RSVP to larsvp@aftra.com or 323-634-8262.

Click HERE for additional information.

[4] SAG Commemorates the ADA 20th Anniversary; Take Our “Disability in 2010” Survey; and the kickoff of the SAG Dare To Be Diverse screening series.

On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.


On this 20th anniversary of the ADA, we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to a “Disability in 2010” SAG Survey by visiting:www.surveymonkey.com/s/sagdisabilityin2010


Throughout the month of June and July, Screen Actors Guild celebrated the accomplishments of the past 20 years of the ADA at multiple programs around the globe:

   June 26-27, 2010 — President Ken Howard introduced I AM PWD — Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People With Disabilities — to the members of the International Federation of Actors in Copenhagen, Denmark.  At the annual meeting, the International Federation of Actors and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) fully endorsed the I AM PWD campaign to ensure access, inclusion and accuracy of people with disabilities in entertainment.  Click here for more information about the endorsement andhere for the I AM PWD website.

   July 10, 2010 —President Ken Howard introduced U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at Lights! Camera! Access!, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. SAG Diversity staff and members participated in several panels regarding employment of performers with disabilities.  Click here for more information about Lights! Camera! Access! and here for remarks made by Secretary Solis.

    July 26, 2010 — Screen Actors Guild joined advocates and officials to mark the 20th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) at events held at the White House and Los Angeles City Hall

o   White House — National Chair of SAG Performers with Disabilities Committee Robert David Hall (CSI: Crime Scene Investigations) introduced President Barack Obama at the White House celebration of the ADA. Click here for his remarks and video.

o   City of Los Angeles — Hosted by the Los Angeles City Department on Disability and led by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the ceremony opened with speakers including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and SAG members Geri Jewell (Deadwood) and RJ Mitte(Breaking Bad), national spokesperson for I AM PWD. Click links for video. 

o   Dare to Be Diverse Screening Series — As part of the City of L.A. event, SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity premiered its firstDARE TO BE DIVERSE screening, the film Sympathy for Delicious. Written by Christopher Thornton and directed by Mark Ruffalo,Sympathy for Delicious is a drama about recently paralyzed DJ "Delicious" Dean as he battles the mean streets of Los Angeles to resurrect his career. The character is portrayed by the film's writer/producer, Christopher Thornton, who also has paraplegia as a result of a 1992 rock-climbing accident. Click here for photos of the event and here for a Q&A moderated by actor Ron Livingston (Music WithinOffice Space).

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