Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 10/24/2014
Running Time: 89
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Daren Kagasoff, Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos and Douglas Smith.
Crew: Director: Stiles White. Producers: Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Phillip Dawe, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Brian Goldner, James Moran, Rick Osako and Bennett Schneir. Executive Producers: Couper Samuelson and Juliet Snowden. Screenwriters: Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. Cinematographer: David Emmerichs.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

My first real life, up close and personal encounter with an Ouija board was in elementary school. Some kid brought one to school and showed it to a few of my friends during recess.

But within minutes of seeing the thing much less even touching it, it was snatched away by our principal. He also told us very sternly that we should “never play with the dead or Satan.”

This didn’t take place at a Seventh-day Adventist school either like I attended years later, but rather a big, public school. The principal’s tone and the evil look on his face frightened me more than the Ouija board ever would have. Maybe he knew something we didn’t. Maybe he was trying to save our young souls from joining some cult or something when we got older.

But since that brief encounter, I’ve always been fascinated with Ouija boards. I never wanted to buy one although Hasbro and Parker Brothers made a popular 1970s toy version. I also didn’t seek out people who had them, but was just curious to see if there was really anything to them.

I’m not sure the new movie, “Ouija” will spark a resurgence of the creepy boards. Then again, based on the people that lined up to play around with one at my screening of the film this past week, you never know.

I can however, tell you that “Ouija” is a pretty frightening, good movie. And I’m not easily scared, but it creeped me out. And since “Annabelle” disappointed me, I’ve been waiting for some thrills and chills.

Directed and written by Stiles White (“Knowing” and “The Sixth Sense”) and Juliet Snowden (“The Possession” and “Knowing”) and produced by Michael Bay, yep that Michael Bay, “Ouija” is about two little girls who are best friends and get caught up playing with an Ouija board they find.

Now teenagers, Laine Morris (Olivia Cooke, “The Signal” and TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Debbie Galardi (Shelley Hennig, TV’s “Teen Wolf” and “Blue Bloods) are still fascinated by the mysterious game board especially Debbie.

But is this really a game they’re playing or something much more? Of course that question is quickly answered when Debbie is suddenly found hanging from a chandelier in her house.

Something evil is lurking in that stately house Debbie lived in with her mother. But why did they kill Debbie and who else are they after?

Poor Laine. She blames herself for Debbie’s death. She tells her sister Sarah (Ana Coto, “You Me & Her”) that if she hadn’t gone to a party and stayed with Debbie she would still be alive.

Laine’s friends, Trevor (Daren Kagasoff, TV’s “Stalker”), Isabelle (Bianca A. Santos, TV’s Happyland” and “The Fosters”) and Debbie’s ex-boyfriend Pete (Douglas Smith, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and TV’s “Betas”) all try to comfort her.

Laine misses Debbie and insists they all go back over to her house to see if they can connect with by having a séance with the Ouija board. When they do, it’s not long before each of them start to experience some hellish incidents.

“Ouija” director Stiles White relies on the tried and true horror film jump scare moments and there are eerie looking shadows that appear out of nowhere and creaky doors that slowly open on their own. It’s surprisingly effective, heart-racing stuff thanks to the capable cast that truly sells each terrifying minute.

White adds a nice twist to the story that involves an old lady (a superb Lin Shaye, “Insidious: Chapter 2”) who is locked away in an insane asylum. She’s connected to a spirit that was in Debbie’s house for years and tells Laine how to free it. But it comes with a price and after seeing it, you may never want to floss your teeth again.

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Opens: 10/24/2014
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Kill The Messenger


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Sony (Screen Gems)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Now with summer behind us, the arrival of fall means weekends attending and watching plenty of football games. Whether they’re college, pro or high school, I’m all over them. I’m looking forward to attending a few games at the San Francisco 49ers new Levi’s Stadium.

On the college front, my husband Rickey is a former UC Davis player/alum and...

The Purge: Anarchy <b> (Oct. 21)</b> Title: The Purge: Anarchy (Oct. 21)
Year Released: 2014
Running Time: 103
Production Company: Universal
Director: Jason DeMonaco
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Director James DeMonaco has followed up and even improved on his 2013 sleeper hit movie “The Purge” with the futuristic thriller, “The Purge: Anarchy.

Set in 2023, it builds upon the original movie’s fascinating, yet preposterous premise of our country having an annual, 12 hour government sanctioned night where all crime, including murder, theft and rape is completely legal. The police and hospitals are closed during The Purge and not available to help anyone.

The only rules that people must abide by during The Purge is to not harm government officials who are ranked “10 or higher” and weapons above “Class 4” are prohibited.

Aside from that everything else goes. The longstanding belief is that this thrill kill night is cathartic for people, controls the population, notably among the poor and homeless.

So if someone has wronged you, or you simply hate them, well, you can set them on fire, slash their throat or beat them to death and then walk away from it all without any repercussions whatsoever.

Imagine that.

“The Purge: Anarchy” differs from the original in that the killing and other mass destruction isn’t relegated to just one suburban home. Instead, everyone in Los Angeles is fair game be they rich or poor, black or white.

Of course being rich still has its many benefits. The wealthy can buy the finest protection, but even so their safety is always at stake. And there’s an interesting twist this time involving the rich. They view the Purge like a sporting event and even hold bidding parties so some can hunt down those less fortunate while they watch the killings in amazement.

Everyone has their reasons for taking part in the Purge or staying safe and avoiding it at all costs. Carmelo, (a terrific Michael K. Williams, “12 Years a Slave”) is a black revolutionary who is completely against The Purge and views it as a racist means for rich whites to control the minority population. Carmelo’s right hand man is “The Stranger” (Edwin Hodge) who set everything off in the original movie.

Leo Barnes/Sergeant (Frank Grillo,) has a special set of skills and also some reasons for his revenge that involve his young son and a drunk driver. We know he means business as soon as shows up in a tricked out Dodge Charger.

Eva (Carmen Ejogo, “Sparkle “and the upcoming, “Selma”) is a waitress with a spunky teen daughter named Cali (Zoe Soul, “Prisoners”) who is trying to get home to care for her sickly father (John Beasley, TV’s “The Soul Man”). He hates The Purge and even has a plan to literally cash in on it for the sake of his family.

Liz (Kiele Sanchez, TV’s “Kingdom”) and Shane (Zach Gilford, “Devil’s Due”) are close to having a “conscious uncoupling” for a variety of reasons. They foolishly get caught up while running errands the day of The Purge and are stalked by some menacing, machete wielding kids.

Naturally they manage to cross paths with Leo (Grillo) as they attempt to find shelter and get through the night. But not everything goes according to plan. They soon discover the real reason why a group of armed men burst into Eva and Cali’s home and what’s at the heart of this whole purge thing.

“The Purge: Anarchy” is deliriously entertaining.

Earth To Echo <b>(Oct. 21)</b> Title: Earth To Echo (Oct. 21)
Year Released: 2014
Running Time: 91
Production Company: Relativity Media
Director: Dave Green
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Despite similarities to “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Goonies,” and “Stand By Me,” the sci-fi movie “Earth to Echo” is a hokey, but enjoyable tween, sci-fi drama.
It actually grows on you as it goes along.

Directed by Dave Green and written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay, "Earth To Echo" finds its own charm and voice thanks to the film’s young stars, Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Reese Hartwig.

They play three very close knit friends who try and come to terms with having to move away from each other because their suburban neighborhood is set to be demolished to make room for a new freeway.

Tuck (Brian "Astro" Bradley) is the most outgoing of the bunch. He’s a novice filmmaker and is eager to record his buddies, Alex (Halm), and Munch’s (Hartwig) last days together.

When the kids ask the construction workers why everyone has to move from the area so suddenly, they aren’t given straight answers.

But then their cell phones start going haywire and a weird looking map appears on their screen. Even the nerdy Munch can’t figure out what it is. And when the engineers start showing up at their doors asking if they’ve had any problems with their phones, it sets the stage for a creepy and exciting alien invasion story.

The kid’s inquisitiveness about the map, leads them on an adventure that takes them to a remote desert area.

It’s here that they find a metal canister that emits a powerful beam makes bizarre noises. When they open it they find a creature that looks like a cross between an owl and a kitten. When they discover it’s been injured and won’t harm them, they decide to name him “Echo” and agree to help him get to his spaceship and back home.

Does that sound familiar?

The rest of “Echo” centers around the boys and a female friend and classmate named Emma (Ella Wahlestedt, TV's "Army Wives") who wants in on the fun.

Now they all have to stay steps ahead of the authorities including a scientist named Dr. Lawrence Madsen (Jason Gray-Stanford, TV’s “Justified”) who has his own reasons for wanting Echo to stay on Earth.

X Men: Days Of Future Past <b>(Oct. 14)</b> Title: X Men: Days Of Future Past (Oct. 14)
Year Released: 2014
Running Time: 131
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bryan Singer
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


With “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer made the movie that fans of the franchise and Marvel comic books have been waiting for.

Others, who may not be as familiar with the Marvel universe, may find “Days of Future Past,” a wild and crazy trip.
While “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” marks the return of the beloved characters like the retractable, claw bearing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen), the excessive chattiness along with the whiplashing time travel aspect nearly derails this star-studded adventure.

Fortunately, the action sequences which occur mid-way through the movie and near the end, keep “Days of Future Past” from completely going off track.
Here’s the story. The year is 2023 and powerful robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants and humans left and right.

Storm (Halle Berry), Blink (Bingbing Fan) and Wolverine know their days are numbered unless something or someone can stop the Sentinels. The group of survivors get an idea to use Kitty Pryde’s (Ellen Page) consciousness transference and teleportation skills to send Wolverine back to the past—1973 to be exact-- so he can save the world by stopping Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing U.S. Defense contractor Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage) the very guy who invented the Sentinels.

The question now is can Wolverine convince the younger incarnations of Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to fight the good fight with him.

The 1970s touches in “Days of Future Past” are too good to ignore like when Wolverine wakes up on a waterbed and is startled to see a lava lamp and hear Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” blaring from a portable radio.

The addition of Peter Maximoff, aka Quicksilver ("American Horror Story") is a good one and he certainly livens things up especially during a well- staged and comical Pentagon break in.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman <b>(Oct 14)</b> Title: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Oct 14)
Year Released: 2014
Running Time: 92
Production Company: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Rob Minkoff
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is absolutely hilarious from start to finish.

Even if you aren’t familiar with the beloved “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments of the 1960s animated TV series “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” you’ll find the broad and rapid fire humor that director Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King”) and the creative team behind “The Croods” brings to Mr. Peabody & Sherman” simply irresistible.

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” features the voice work of Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton, Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney.

Mr. Peabody (Burrell) is a scientist, athlete, musician, inventor and overall genius who just happen to be a dog.
That he’s able to convince a judge (Dennis Haysbert) he should adopt a young boy named Sherman (Max Charles) is further proof of Mr. Peabody’s extraordinary talents.

Mr. Peabody’s biggest invention is his WABAC (Way Back) time machine. One day Sherman decides he wants to impress a classmate and they start playing around with the WABAC. They wind up taking a wild ride and in the process change the space-time continuum, and the modern world.

They wind up in ancient places and meet everyone from an Egyptian King and Leonardo Da Vinci to a Greek army.
Now in order to save the future they must race against time to reclaim and restore the past.
(Highly Recommended).
ALLEN MALDONADO By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

LOS ANGELES, CALIF-- For Allen Maldonado landing a small role in Denzel Washington’s new movie, “The Equalizer” is a BIG deal.

The 31-year-old actor from Rialto, California says he believes in the old saying that there are no small parts, just small actors.

And although Maldonado has become a familiar face on TV currently starring in Adult Swim’s newest live-action series, “Black Jesus,” FX’s relationship comedy, “You’re The Worst, as well as BET’s “The Start Up,” he hopes to find success on the silver screen as well.

N2Entertainment.net caught up with Maldonado from his home in Los Angeles. He talked about working with Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer” and how much he learned from the Oscar winning actor.

Maldonado also discussed how surviving a near death experience turned his life around and why he enjoys giving back to his community.

Read on to find out what else this multi-talented and personable young man had to say.

Q. So how did you land this role opposite the great Denzel Washington and is “The Equalizer” your first major movie?

A. I’ve been in the business for a while and done a lot of auditions for movies and TV. And Antoine Fuqua who directed “The Equalizer” knew about me and called me in for an audition. And two days later, I’m on a plane ready to film. It happened just that fast and just like that.

Q. Were you surprised?

A. Yeah. I was in a daze. Actually I’m still in a daze. (He laughs).

Q. Was it a bit intimidating to work with Denzel?

A. You know honestly, yes it was. What was funny was when we were about to do a scene and Denzel (Washington) was coming around the corner I heard his voice and I just froze up. I freeze up. Then I had to say to myself ‘OK you’ve been here before. Take a deep breath and focus.’ And I did and was able to finally say my lines.

Q. Did Denzel give you any advice or did you learn anything from him while shooting the movie?

A. He really is such a cool guy. I know everyone says that, but it’s true. There’s no arrogance about Denzel Washington. He brings out the best in everyone around him. Just being around him and seeing how he prepares on set was educational for me. He showed me why he’s such a consummate professional and a genuine superstar. More importantly, I’m going to take a page from his playbook and keep it with me.

Q. Can you tell me about the character you play in the movie?

A. I play a guy named Marcus, one of Denzel’s wise-cracking co-workers. I pick on Denzel about being the old guy at work. I’m the slacker and I try to show him up since I’m the younger guy.

Q. “The Equalizer” is based on the 1985-1989 television show that starred Edward Woodward in the lead role. This movie has a different style, but did you watch the old series to check it out?

A. I was familiar with “The Equalizer” TV show, but I didn’t watch any of the old shows.

Q. How did you get started in acting and what was your first real gig?

A. I started taking acting classes during my senior year in high school. I didn’t think I would stick with it or like it, but I fell in love with it. Then I started auditioning for everything around town. I was 21 when I landed my first major role which was on the soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” (2004). I just knew this was going to really be the turning point for me but it wasn’t.

Q. Why wasn’t it? What happened?

A. While I was walking to the store, a drunk driver was speeding and hit me and I flew in the air, broke my right leg, had major curvature of my spine and some serious facial damage. I almost had to have my bottom lip removed. The doctors initially said that I might not walk again and would need tons of plastic surgery. But as God and luck would have it, I didn’t need plastic surgery and I came through everything and was able to walk within six months. I still have scars on my face and chin. It surprised everybody including me. That was confirmation that someone was looking out for me and it emboldened me to do something positive with my life.

Q. Is that what prompted you to start some of your community organizations and foundations?

A. It definitely was. I really believe in reaching back and helping those less fortunate particularly in my community. And since I fell in love with the arts through school, I want to encourage as many young kids as I can to consider the arts as well and that’s why I started Demo Nerds. It’s a foundation that provides free acting classes and services for foster children and at risk youth throughout Los Angeles. And part of the proceeds from my T-shirt line Vineyards Phinest also goes towards providing free classes for inner city kids.

Q. And is music another one of your passion projects?

A.Definitely. I have my own record company called Get It Done Records and production company, Only Son Productions. I’ve had pretty good success on the music front since some of my music has been featured on TV shows such as “House of Lies,” “The Mentalist,” “Parenthood,” HBO's Chris Rock Special: Kill The Messenger” and movies like “Hurricane Season” with Forrest Whitaker, “Don Jon” and Russell Crowe’s, “The Next Three Days.”

Q. What will we see you in next?

A. I have a new movie coming out called “Cake” with Jennifer Aniston, William H. Macy and Anna Kendrick. And I’m starring in Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta Compton” and the drama “Dope” from director Rick Famuyiwa. It stars Kimberly Elise, Zoe Kravitz and Rick Fox. It’s crazy busy, but I am having so much fun.

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out Allen Maldonado in Denzel Washington’s new movie, “The Equalizer" which opens nationwide Sept. 26.



The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Aug. 26 to present Harry Belafonte with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara.

All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

An actor, producer, singer and lifelong activist, Belafonte began performing in theaters and nightclubs in and around Harlem, where he was born. From the beginning of his film career, he chose projects that shed needed light on racism and inequality, including “Carmen Jones,” “Odds against Tomorrow” and “The World, the Flesh and the Devil.”

He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, marching and organizing alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and often funding initiatives with his entertainment income.

Belafonte was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and currently serves on the boards of the Advancement Project and the Institute for Policy Studies. His work on behalf of children, education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and civil rights has taken him all over the world.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

CARRIERE-- Began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He received two more nominations during his nearly two-decade collaboration with director Luis Buñuel, for the screenplays for “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “That Obscure Object of Desire.” Carrière also has collaborated notably with such directors as Volker Schlöndorff (“The Tin Drum”), Jean-Luc Godard (“Every Man for Himself”) and Andrzej Wajda (“Danton”). He earned a fourth Oscar nomination for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” with director Philip Kaufman.

MIYAZAKI-- Is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away.” His other nominations were for “Howl’s Moving Castle” in 2005 and “The Wind Rises” last year. Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with “Princess Mononoke.” He is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a renowned animation studio based in Tokyo.

O'HARA-- A native of Dublin, Ireland, came to Hollywood in 1939 to star opposite Charles Laughton in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She went on to appear in a wide range of feature films, including the swashbucklers “The Black Swan” and “Sinbad the Sailor,” the dramas “This Land Is Mine” and “A Woman’s Secret,” the family classics “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Parent Trap,” the spy comedy “Our Man in Havana” and numerous Westerns. She was a favorite of director John Ford, who cast her in five of his films, including “How Green Was My Valley,” “Rio Grande” and “The Quiet Man.”

ABOUT THE ACADEMY: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema.

In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history.

Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.

SAG NAMES SYD By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has appointed media marketing expert Cyd Wilson (pictured) as its new executive director.

Wilson, founder and president of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing and long-time creative director of Time Inc’s. Style and Entertainment group of magazines, has forged philanthropic partnerships between the entertainment industry and leading corporations for more than 25 years, producing invaluable awareness and revenue for her clients and several Hollywood supported charities.

SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams spoke for the Foundation’s Board stating, “Cyd is one of the powerhouses in the industry. She has vision, passion and a drive to create a successful merging of corporate goals with humanitarian needs. We look forward to working together to further the goals of the SAG Foundation.”

During her 20 year tenure at Time Inc., Wilson created and managed such high profile and press worthy annual events as the PEOPLE – Entertainment Industry Foundation SAG Awards Gala as well as InStyle’s Golden Globes, Grammy Fashion and L.A. Film Fest parties to name a few.

A former hospital administrator, Wilson began her career in philanthropy in 1989, spending five years helping to establish the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where she created the “A Time for Heroes” fundraiser, helping to put that organization on the map.

Of her new role, Wilson says, “My career in nonprofits began in Hollywood and coming to the SAG Foundation gives me an opportunity to return full circle and focus solely on the act of giving back to performing artists. It is at once a challenge and a privilege to take the helm of an expanding philanthropic organization that is committed to providing an unrivaled level of career-enhancing programming and emergency assistance for working performers as well as advancing the cause of children’s literacy.

Wilson succeeds nonprofit veteran Jill Seltzer who served as Executive Director since 2011 and leaves the Foundation ready for its next chapter.

“I've very much enjoyed [my time at the SAG Foundation] and taken great pride in opening a new office and building the Actors Center in New York, taking the Performers Programs on the road to actors throughout the country, increasing the amount of online programming, stewarding the first-ever million dollar grant and putting an organizational structure in place. All of these accomplishments are the basis for the SAG Foundation to flourish as the national organization that it now is,” says Seltzer. “Having achieved these goals, the timing seems right to return to the broader philanthropic agenda that has been the focus of my work in the past.”

Williams commended Seltzer’s contribution stating, “Jill has worked hard over these last three years to bring the SAG Foundation to a news level on many fronts. We are so grateful for what she has done for us, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”


SAG-AFTRA Statement on AB 1839

On behalf of California’s 80,000 SAG-AFTRA members, we applaud Gov. Jerry Brown, Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin de León, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff for recognizing the impact film and television production has on the state of California, and the importance of AB1839.

We also thank our dedicated members who have worked tirelessly in support of this legislation and spoke out at events. This bill will enhance and expand California’s film and television tax incentive program and we look forward to AB1839 passing the state legislature and being signed by the Governor in the days ahead.

ABOUT SAG-AFTRA-- SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world.

With national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.


In recent national voting, members of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly to approve the 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts.

Members approved new, three-year contracts covering theatrical, primetime, and basic cable television production under the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement and the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement by a vote of 92.12 percent to 7.88 percent.

The new television contract establishes the first industrywide agreement covering performers in both primetime television and basic cable productions.

SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement in July on the deal that provides:

Gains of $200 million in wages; An 8.5-percent wage increase compounding to 8.7 percent; 2.5 percent in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 3 percent in the third year.

Advances in Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) coverage, including a brand-new residual for on-demand viewing.

Reduction of unpaid online streaming windows for most shows; and

An increased contribution rate percentage to our benefits plans and a mechanism to facilitate the merger of the health plans.

The agreement covers film and digital television programs, motion pictures and new media productions.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard (TV’s “The White Shadow”) said, “Once again, we have made history. With the approval of the first-ever SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement, we have reached yet another of the goals we set when we merged. I am thankful to all members who participated throughout this process and the dedicated staff of SAG-AFTRA who worked to insure our new contract would usher us into the next generation of entertainment and new media production.”

The agreement becomes effective retroactive to July 1, 2014 and will remain in force through June 30, 2017.

For more information on the new contract, including a summary of the agreement, go to SAGAFTRA.org.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.