Welcome to SAG-AFTRA Watch. This site is a lineal descendant of Sagwatch, and we hope to continue to provide a forum for information and discussion about the issues confronting the newly-merged SAG and AFTRA in today’s rapidly shifting media and technological landscape.
The original Sagwatch site was established in 2007 during one of the most turbulent times in the history of the Screen Actors Guild. It is probably not an overstatement to describe the union as being in a state of civil war throughout the last decade or more. However, in recent elections the membership at large spoke clearly that it wanted the warfare, both within SAG and between SAG and AFTRA, to end. With the overwhelming vote in favor of merger, announced on Friday, March 30th, the members effectively signed the armistice.
And with that, the two principal founders of Sagwatch, known to readers as Editor and Admin, declared that “our work here is done.” The Sagwatch site has now been frozen, and Editor and Admin have gone into a well-earned retirement from blogging. It has been quite an adventure, as a trip through the Sagwatch archives will quickly demonstrate.
Yet we are mindful of the following comment posted by Tom Ligon on the Sagwatch site:
I’d like to publicly acknowledge the beneficial effects of this website and all who contribute to it with articles, letters, and comments. The information here has always been unflinchingly toe-to-toe and often confrontational, and both sides – all sides – have been allowed to put in their two cents here without censorship (except for one egregious and rather infamous individual who seems to possess no ability of self-control). I encourage an on-going public forum such as this one to keep focused on the goings-on with SAG-AFTRA, and to continue to serve our community in the exemplary way it has done from its inception. Viva SAG-AFTRAWatch!
We think Tom is right about the value of continuing to provide a forum for clearheaded reporting and discussion of the issues that will affect the new SAG-AFTRA as it transitions from being two separate unions into one union. It would be naive to think that everything is simply going to go like clockwork, or that old disagreements will simply disappear. Accordingly, some of the more junior members of the Sagwatch team sought the blessing of Editor and Admin to continue with a new “SAG-AFTRA Watch” site. Those two thought that was a great idea, and encouraged us to move forward. Though Sagwatch is a hard act to follow, we will do our best to maintain the spirit and philosophy of the original Sagwatch site.
So with new personnel (“Editor” here is not the same person as the original Sagwatch “Editor”) we are launching this new venture with high hopes that it will continue to live up to Tom Ligon’s kind words above. Please bear with us as we get all the technical kinks worked out.
As with Sagwatch, we welcome all views, provided they are presented in a civil manner. Libel and personal attacks are not permitted. Also, while commenters may post anonymously, only one name for posting is permitted — multiple “sock puppet” identities are forbidden. Comments will continue to be moderated, primarily because “comment spam” is so prevalent on the internet.
Let us look forward to a time of relative peace and progress with the new SAG-AFTRA. Perhaps that’s a naive hope. We would like to be a helpful instrument in moving forward.