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April 11, 2021

Sag Union Agreement

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As part of this agreement, there are a multitude of incentives for casting. SAG-AFTRA offers a casting incentive for low-budget filmmakers who can increase the entire range of theatrical agreements, which would increase prices, and other payments that a low-budget film might not afford. For more information on what is qualified for diversity, see Section 3 (a) of the Low Budget Agreement. Under this agreement, the signatories are contractually obliged to cooperate with the main players of SAG-AFTRA and up to a maximum of 30 people for the background. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) was born when two American unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), merged. Both unions were created during the tumult of the Great Depression in the 1930s, with the joint mission of fighting and protecting media artists. Today, almost a hundred years later, SAG-AFTRA is still committed to organizing all work under their jurisdictions, negotiating the best wages, working conditions, health and retirement services, creating employment opportunities, enforcing contracts and protecting SAG-AFTRA members from unauthorized use of their work. However, the work of the Union is not possible without the cooperation of the hereditary industry, which is not part of the union, in particular the studio and production factories. Through collective agreements and subsequent contracts, SAG-AFTRA can govern and protect those who work in a performance role in the entertainment industry. SAG-AFTRA (“Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists”) is a union representing more than 160,000 film and television artists, radio actors, video games, radio and television advertisers, news anchors, singers and recording artists (both royalty artists and background singers) , performers in commercials and actors working as stuntmen and specialized acts. It is dedicated to protecting the interests of its members and improving wages, working hours and working conditions, and it does so through a series of contractual agreements (some of which are grouped above) applicable when one of its members participates in a production. There are 6 types of theatrical agreements.

All are determined by the level of the budget: within the framework of this special theatrical convention, you can only hire SAG-AFTRA actors as lead actors and the first 57 substantive actors recruited must also be union members. If your production requires more than 57 background actors, the 58th recruitment and beyond should not be unionized and are therefore not covered by the terms of the theatre contract. If you are considering hiring a Principal Performer or background actor (and not having hired 57 other substantive actors) who are not yet members of SAG-AFTRA, you have 30 days after signing the contract to submit the Taft-Hartley report to your representative, with a headshot and CV, in order to grant union status and comply with the contractual rules. This is the main contract for non-dramatic television productions and outlines the responsibilities of producers working in this medium. This agreement also requires that the remains be paid in accordance with subsequent guidelines and tariff calculations in accordance with the basic agreement, as soon as the residual requirements are met and payment is to begin. When a company becomes a signatory, it accepts the working conditions of professionals represented, protected and conservative under basic contracts. These include the Low Budget Moderate Project Agreement (MPA), which includes non-episodic content productions that have been shot between $300,000 and $700,000 for the total value of the United States.

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