15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Will be Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25, 2009
Record Ratings Posted for TNT and TBS’s Simulcast of the 14th Annual SAG Awards® on January 27, 2008
Los Angeles, California – Screen Actors Guild will honor the outstanding performances of 2008 at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Sunday, January 25, 2009, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The celebration of the year’s finest acting achievements will be simulcast on TNT and TBS, marking the 12th consecutive year the Awards have been telecast on television’s destination for drama and fourth year on cable’s top-rated comedy network. Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be announced on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, carried live on TNT, tnt.tv and tbs.com. The dates were announced by Screen Actors Guild Awards® Committee Chair Yale Summers.
The announcement coincides with the posting of record ratings for Sunday night’s 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®. The Sunday, Jan. 27 live TBS/TNT simulcast of The Actors® set a new cable record for the ceremony, scoring its best performance among adults 18-34, adults 18-49, viewers and households since coming to cable in 1998.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards® commend the year’s finest achievements in acting in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards, which honor the collaborative performance by a cast in a motion picture and by the ensemble casts of both comedy and dramatic television series.
Recipients of The Actor® statuettes are selected solely by the members of Screen Actors Guild. “Actors take great pride in being honored by their peers and look forward each year to the opportunity to celebrate together,” commented Summers.
Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each composed of 2100 actors, random-selected anew in the spring each year from the Guild’s nationwide membership of nearly 120,000 acting professionals. Once selected, committee members may not serve on a nominating panel again for three years. The entire active Guild membership is given the opportunity to vote via online or paper ballot for the recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® coveted bronze Actor® statuettes.
A complete calendar of key dates for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be announced shortly.
The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and Kathy Connell is the producer. Yale Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in motion pictures, television, commercials, industrials, video games, Internet and all new media formats..The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as “My Boys,” “The Bill Engvall Show,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” “10 Items or Less” and “Frank TV”; hot contemporary comedies like “The Office,” “Sex and the City,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Family Guy,” “King of Queens,” “Seinfeld” and “Friends,” with “My Name Is Earl” joining the line-up in 2008; specials and special events, such as “Funniest Commercials of the Year” and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama “The Closer,” starring Golden Globe® winner and Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Kyra Sedgwick, and “Saving Grace,” a provocative new drama starring Oscar winner and Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominee Holly Hunter. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case,” “ER” and “Charmed”; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the “Screen Actors Guild Awards”; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.