SAG Members - What You Need to Know About Your Agency Contract Before Signing It


Screen Actors Guild National Agency staff will hold a bi-coastal educational seminar on general service agreements, or GSAs (i.e., the contracts that ATA/NATR agents have been using to represent our members instead of the standard SAG agency contract). These GSA contracts are signed outside of SAG’s protection, and it is imperative that members have a working knowledge of what these contracts say before signing them—your professional future and your income may depend on it. This educational seminar will be especially helpful to any member having trouble making sense of the complicated legal language contained in the contracts that their agents have provided them. We urge all SAG members to attend. The event will not be taped.


Noon-2:30 p.m. (PDT) and 3-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 24, 2009 (RSVP required*)


Los Angeles:
James Cagney Board Room (first floor)
5757 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

New York:
NY Boardroom
360 Madison Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10017


The seminar will be conducted by National Director and Senior Counsel of Agency Relations Zino Macaluso and Senior Agency Manager Xochitl Cerda in Los Angeles. Members in New York will participate live via videoconference. You must bring your SAG membership card (paid thru October 31, 2009) in order to attend this event. No exceptions will be made. We strongly encourage all members who attend to bring a notepad and pen with them to these meetings.


Performers interested in attending should immediately e-mail the Guild’s agency mailbox at Please write SAG GSA Seminar—Reservation in the subject line. YOU MUST ALSO INDICATE IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING FROM HOLLYWOOD OR NEW YORK. Only those members who have received confirmation e-mails from SAG may attend, so please act quickly as seating is limited.

Questions about upcoming events should be directed to the SAG Agency Department at (323) 549-6745 (Hollywood) or (212) 827-1445 (New York). Any performer who has to cancel a reservation is asked to notify SAG immediately so that members on the waiting list may be contacted. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 24, 2009.

NBC launches “The Four Directions Talent Search” to discover new Native American performers and writers

In a major effort to increase the presence of Native Americans on television, NBC and the Oneida Indian Nation have launched a nationwide talent search to find actors, comedians, models, and writers with the potential to be cast in and write for programs in development and on the air.

In a major effort to increase the presence of Native Americans on television, NBC Entertainment and the Oneida Nation launched a web site to find Indian actors, comedians and writers with the potential to be cast in and write for programs in development and on the air. “The Four Directions Talent Search” is open to tribally affiliated Native Americans who are not currently under contract with a talent agent or studio.

This site will provide a much needed search tool to be used by casting directors, talent agents, producers, and directors. The site also includes news and current events that relate to the Native-American community and a place for job postings both in-front of and behind the camera. Oneida Nation with NBC Entertainment has created to promote & sustain on-camera diversity through community involvement and development, showcasing non-traditional casting choices, and creating programs to raise awareness within the entire entertainment community.

Will not only identify talent but also create an entrĂ©e for people who may not have had access to the industry in the past, and showcase their talents on a continuing basis. “Breaking into films, television, or live theater is difficult for anyone” said Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative and CEO of the Oneida Nation. “It is especially difficult for Native Americans who may have talent but never have had access to the opportunities. Through Four Directions Talent, NBC Entertainment and Oneida Nation will help open doors and cultivate this talent.” “This talent search is an exciting opportunity for NBC, and the rest of the Hollywood creative community, to discover new Native American performers and writers. NBC is proud to co-sponsor this site and remains committed to proactively develop new voices of all ethnicities,” said Marc Hirschfeld, Executive Vice-President, Casting, NBC Entertainment.

To get started, simply click here, fill out the questionnaire and you will receive an email once approval.

Jaime Ferrar Agency seeking children who are fluent in both Spanish and English

Jaime Ferrar Agency (JFA) is now seeking kids ages 6-14 who are bilingual in both Spanish and English.

Agent Jaime Ferrar's experience spans over 25 years in the entertainment industry. As an actor he has worked alongside Jim Carrey, Martin Sheen, and Doris Roberts. As a talent scout at the Carlos Alvarado Agency he discovered nine-year-old actor Eddy Martin who starred in Salma Hayak's directorial debut, The Maldonado Miracle. In 2003, he started his own company, the Jaime Ferrar Agency (JFA) where he represents actors of all ages in TV, film and commercials.

Jaime is a true favorite of Casting Directors and is adored by his clients. You can catch his clients on hit shows like CSI, Southland, Weeds, Nip/Tuck, My Name is Earl, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Disney Jonas Brothers commercials, and the list goes on.

If your child is between 6-14 years of age, is bilingual in both Spanish and English, and lives in the Southern California area, submit headshot and resume by email to:

Write ATTN: "Jaime Ferrar bilingual kids" in the subject line.

Or send a hard copy headshot and resume to:

Bilingual Kids
Jaime Ferrar Agency
4741 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Ste 110
Valley Village, CA 91607