Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Law and Legal Definition

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing thousands of film and television performers. The SAG was founded in 1933 to eliminate and prevent exploitation of actors in Hollywood. It was formed with a mission to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements that establish equitable levels of compensation, benefits, and working conditions for its performers. It also protects members from unauthorized use of performances and also helps secure work opportunities for its members.

The Screen Actors Guild is associated with the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (AAAA), which is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO). The actors guild has exclusive jurisdiction over motion picture performances, and shares jurisdiction of radio, television, Internet, and other new media with its sister union, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

SAG has its main office in Hollywood. It has local branches in several major U.S. cities. The SAG has annually awarded the Screen Actors Guild Awards, since 2005.