PEOPLE Celebrates 24 Years Hosting the SAG Awards®
Post-Awards Gala to Honor Actors' Philanthropic Efforts
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 10, 2019) – Meredith Corporation’s PEOPLE will once again host the official SAG Awards® Post-Awards Gala, to be held immediately following the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards® on Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. This is the 24th year PEOPLE has hosted the Gala, which takes place on a transformed Shrine Auditorium stage and honors the charitable endeavors of actors in their communities.
The 26th Annual SAG Awards® will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Tony Schubert of Event Eleven, a world-class, end-to-end production company, will design and produce the Gala for the 12th consecutive year. The theme for this year’s Gala is Cherry Blossom Forest, which takes us into nature with a forest of cherry blossom trees featuring various shades of beautiful pink blossoms. Plush furniture, walnut, and pops of pink accents bring this fall forest to life.
America Ferrera and Danai Gurira, introduced by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, will announce the nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The nominations announcement will be carried live on TNT, TBS, truTV, tntdrama.com/sag-awards, truTV.com and sagawards.org at 10 a.m. (ET) / 7 a.m. (PT). The Actor® Nominations also can be viewed via TNT’s Facebook, Twitter (@TNTdrama) and YouTube channels and TBS’s Facebook and Twitter (@tbsnetwork).
In gratitude to the actors and the entertainment community for their countless hours of volunteer work, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will make a grant to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s emergency assistance programs, which helps performing artists in urgent need, including those suffering with cancer diagnoses. PEOPLE and EIF have partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for more than two decades, and Stand Up To Cancer is pleased to support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in this way.
“We are honored once again to support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer’s important initiatives in the entertainment community,” said Dan Wakeford, Editor in Chief, PEOPLE. “PEOPLE has a long history of celebrating the philanthropic efforts of Hollywood and supporting charitable initiatives on all our platforms."
“Stand Up To Cancer is dedicated to collaboration, and it’s such an incredible honor to be able to stand up and support the essential, often life-saving work of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation,” said Sherry Lansing, a SU2C co-founder and a member and former chair of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show our heartfelt appreciation for the invaluable participation and dedication of so many actors and celebrity ambassadors, who from the very start have been an integral part of Stand Up To Cancer’s ability to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. When we all stand together, we are stronger.”
“PEOPLE and Stand Up To Cancer have been steadfast supporters of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Their generous support has aided our assistance programs which have helped thousands of families in need,” said Cyd Wilson, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Executive Director. “We could not serve performing artists with a vital safety net of programs and services without the help of invaluable partners like PEOPLE and Stand Up To Cancer.”
For more than 34 years, the non-profit SAG-AFTRA Foundation has granted more than $20 million in financial and medical assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and families. Additionally, the nonprofit has offered over 9,400 free educational workshops, panels and classes to SAG-AFTRA artists nationwide.
- The Foundation’s Storyline Online program is an award-winning children’s literacy resource featuring beloved actors reading children’s literature alongside creatively produced and enhanced original illustrations. Storyline Online currently receives nearly 10 million views a month in more than 220 countries and territories, having read to more than 575 million children worldwide.
- The Foundation’s Emergency Assistance programs provide financial grants to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who suffer from catastrophic illness or injury and need assistance with insurance premiums and/or significant medical costs, as well as financial assistance in times of crises.
- The Foundation’s Scholarship Program awards $400,000 in scholarships annually to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents to pursue higher education.
- The Foundation’s Performers Programs offer over 1,000 free educational classes, panels and workshops to 45,000 SAG-AFTRA members nationwide every year. From casting classes with top casting directors to voiceover workshops with trained VO professionals, from panels on the business to career retrospectives with acting legends, the Performers Programs offer invaluable career-enhancing resources and training to SAG-AFTRA members throughout their careers.
- In addition, PEOPLE and Stand Up to Cancer are donors to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s state-of-the-art voiceover lab in New York, named the EIF Voiceover Lab, which provides free voiceover workshops and recording time in professionally equipped sound booths to thousands of union voice actors.
Meredith Corporation’s PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism when it launched as a weekly in 1974 with a mission to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Ubiquitous and still at the center of pop culture more than 45 years later, the PEOPLE brand is accessible across all media and platforms (print, digital, video, OTT, mobile, social) bringing more than 100 million consumers a unique mix of breaking entertainment news, exclusive photos, video, unparalleled access to the red carpet, celebrities, and in-depth reporting on the most compelling newsmakers of our time. An essential component of PEOPLE’s editorial vision remains human interest stories, which touch and often mirror the lives of our passionate audience. ComScore ranks the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Digital Network No. 1 in the entertainment news category. PeopleTV, the advertiser-supported OTT streaming service from PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly that launched in 2016, features original series and specials focusing on celebrity, red carpet, pop culture, lifestyle and human-interest stories. PEOPLE is an award-winning 24/7 news organization headquartered in NYC with reporters worldwide. For more information visit PEOPLE.com and follow @people on Twitter and Instagram, @peoplemag on Facebook, and the PEOPLE channel on YouTube and on Snapchat’s Discover.
About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and educational programming to SAG-AFTRA artists while serving the public at large through its award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. For more than 34 years, the Foundation has granted more than $20 million in financial and medical assistance, disaster relief and scholarships to SAG-AFTRA families. In addition, the nonprofit has offered over 9,400 free educational workshops, panels and classes SAG-AFTRA artists nationwide. Further, its Emmy®-nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Onlinehas brought the love of reading to more than 575 million children worldwide. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation relies entirely on grants, sponsorships and individual contributions to maintain its free programs and resources, and is the benefitting charity of the annual SAG Awards.For more information, visit sagaftra.foundation.
About the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and Hazy Mills Productions and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about.
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About The Entertainment Industry Foundation
Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of EIF and its largest program, raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. For more information, visit eifoundation.org.
About Stand Up To Cancer
STAND UP TO CANCER® (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders who utilize these communities’ resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, to increase awareness about cancer prevention, and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. As of December 2019, more than 1,600 scientists representing more than 180 institutions are involved in SU2C-funded research projects.
Under the direction of our Scientific Advisory Committee, led by Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., SU2C operates rigorous competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and ensure collaboration across research programs.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., serves as SU2C’s CEO. For more information, visit www.StandUpToCancer.org.
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