No post-merger rebrand for SAG Awards

January kudocast to be presented by SAG-AFTRA but name stays in place for now

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will not become the SAG-AFTRA Awards — at least in its next iteration on Jan. 27, when the 19th edition of the kudos show is presented at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Despite the March merger between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists into SAG-AFTRA, the SAG Awards will not change its name this year, a spokesperson for the show said.

“The 19th Annual SAG Awards is being presented by SAG-AFTRA and is being produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards LLC,” the spokesperson said. “Screen Actors Guild Awards LLC has domestic and international contracts in place for an established televised event entitled the ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ or ‘SAG Awards.’?”

That could change after the next show. The current TV contracts with TBS and TNT run through the January show but don’t cover the 20th show in 2014.

The issue of the name of the SAG Awards show was not addressed in the merger documents sent in February to 170,000 SAG and AFTRA members, nor in this week’s announcement of the opening of nominations submissions.

TNT has carried the kudos show since 1998 and TBS began its simulcast in 2006.

Margolis has served as exec producer since 1999.

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