Los Angeles, California - The Screen Actors Guild Awards® will kick off its eighth annual eBay auction to benefit the SAG Foundation Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at 10:00 am PT at www.sagawards.org/auction. The six weekly auction series features one-of-a-kind SAG Awards™ television and movie memorabilia, red carpet bleacher seats, VIP backstage tours and for the first year ever - two tickets for this year’s Actors® ceremonies and Gala.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides a meaningful way for SAG members to contribute to the literacy of children in their communities through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), its online component, Storyline and the We The Children family-heritage book-writing project. SAG Foundation programs provide emergency relief to members in economic distress, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members, scholarships for performers and their children and emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses. (For details, visit www.sagfoundation.org and www.bookpals.net.)
For the first time, one lucky bidder will gain the chance to attend the SAG Awards and see the stars from inside the Shrine Exposition Center showroom, as well as attend the exclusive post-Awards Gala, hosted by PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The VIP package will also include a backstage tour during rehearsals, a walk down the red carpet and a framed photo of the VIP guests. This special package will be available for bid only from Thursday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 23, closing at 10:00 am PT.
Other items up for bid include sets of two and four bleacher seats to the SAG Awards’ red carpet and a VIP backstage tour of the awards venue. Also offered in the auction’s first week are autographed posters from TNT’s The Closer and Saving Grace as well as a SAG Foundation Conversations poster signed by 62 actors including Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Laura Linney and Viggo Mortensen. 13th Annual SAG Awards™ hats, programs and press kits will also be up for bid.
In succeeding weeks, the benefit auction will offer great items from the hot, up-to-the minute entertainment news outlets, including a set visit to E! News, a set visit to Entertainment Tonight at Paramount Studio and a set visit and autographed gift collection from Extra. During the SAG Awards, The Insider will be taking pictures of the Actor® recipients who visit their one-on-one interview room and offering autographed copies of those photos for bid. TV Guide Network will be donating autographed wardrobe worn by their red carpet co-host Lisa Rinna. The Los Angeles Daily News and The Los Angeles Times have donated subscriptions.. Other items up for bid will be photos of The Actor® in the same SAG Awards-logoed Silver Gallery frames presented backstage to SAG honorees with a photo of their moment of triumph. 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards posters, tote bags, hats and press kits, will also be auctioned.
For the final week beginning Jan. 24, the SAG Awards auction will offer unique collectibles from this year’s nominated casts and ensembles. Best sellers in the past included Sopranos and Boston Legal signed tote bags, an outfit worn by Beyonce in Dreamgirls, a Babel coffee table book, a Desperate Housewives set visit, wardrobe from Lost and a signed script from The Office. The online bidding will close January 31.
The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center by TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. (ET/ PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT).
The Screen Actors Guild Awards auction to benefit the SAG Foundation is hosted by eBay Giving Works and managed by Jeff Margolis Productions.