”The gains we achieved in this contract are historic,“ guild President Fran Drescher says in statement.
SAG-AFTRA has been lobbying for a decade to curtail so-called “exclusivity” agreements, which block TV series regulars from taking other jobs while they are on hiatus. In the agreement approved by the union’s national board on Saturday, producers will be required to give TV actors a three-month window after each season in which they can take any job they want. That means that stars of shows may start appearing more often as guest stars — or even as regulars — on shows on other platforms and networks. The new agreement will apply to work under contracts entered into on or after Jan. 1.
Digital and streaming producers along with assignment editors at CBS-owned WCCO Minneapolis have voted unanimously to join SAG-AFTRA. The 15 employees started the talks with the union in January 2019. On-air WCCO employees and newsroom producers are already members of the union.
SAG-AFTRA announced on Monday evening that it has reached a tentative agreement with the major studios on actor exclusivity periods, an issue that has become a top priority for the union in recent years. The issue affects actors on TV series, who can find themselves barred from working on other projects for many months or even years between TV seasons. The union has said that the issue has grown acute in the streaming era, with seasons getting shorter and with longer delays between seasons.
The on-air staffers long have been represented by the union, but they now are joined by 69 reporters, producers, editors, production assistants and others who not only report and produce the show but also create NewsHour’s expanding digital footprint and one-hour primetime documentaries. NewsHour Productions, which produces the show, has officially recognized the bargaining unit, of which more than 70% of the program’s workers signed on to a petition to unionize.
SAG-AFTRA members have given a big thumbs up to a new three-year network code agreement covering most daytime TV, award shows and mainstay such as Saturday Night Live, Jeopardy, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and others. The new pact was approved by a 94.7% margin. SAG-AFTRA emphasized the financial gains in the deal as well as contract provisions increasing protections for performers around sexually explicit material.
SAG-AFTRA and Netflix, which have been negotiating under a media blackout for a new contract, have agreed to extend their current contract through July 31 to allow bargaining to continue. Their current contract — known as the 2019 Netflix Agreement — had been set to expire June 30.
SAG-AFTRA’s national board has voted overwhelmingly (84.54% to 15.46%) to approve a tentative new agreement for its Network Television Code, which was recently negotiated with the major television broadcast networks and other producers. It will now be sent to SAG-AFTRA members for ratification.
SAG-AFTRA said Tuesday night that it has reached a tentative agreement for a new set of commercials contracts with the Joint Policy Committee of the advertising industry. The deal, whose terms were not disclosed, now goes to the union’s national board for review and approval.
With their commercials contracts set to expire Thursday night, SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee agreed to extend them on a day-to-day basis to allow negotiations to continue. “During this time,” the union said, “all terms and conditions of the 2019 Commercials Contracts — including all waivers and provisions that might otherwise sunset — are extended. The parties will continue to negotiate, remaining under a media blackout.” The negotiations, which got underway Feb. 16 in New York, cover numerous contracts that generate about $1 billion a year in earnings for the union’s members.
Experienced multimedia journalists and employment experts urged MMJs to compel their bosses to be more proactive about field safety in a second virtual town hall for MMJs sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists last Saturday. MMJs have more newsroom clout than they think, experts said.
David White (l) is stepping down as SAG-AFTRA’s national executive director and chief contract negotiator. He’ll be staying on at the union until later this spring. In a special meeting held today, the SAG-AFTRA National Board authorized President Gabrielle Carteris and outside counsel to enter into discussions with Duncan Crabtree-Ireland (r), the union’s longtime general counsel and chief operating officer, to succeed White.
Donald Trump, who resigned from SAG-AFTRA on Thursday while facing almost certain expulsion from the union, has now been banned from ever rejoining. The SAG-AFTRA National Board, meeting via Zoom videoconference Saturday, passed a resolution preemptively denying any potential re-admission applications by him.
Facing expulsion from SAG-AFTRA, Donald Trump resigned his membership from the union Thursday. To which SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White simply said: “Thank you.”
After calling for a pause in productions, entertainment industry groups said that the easing of COVID-19 restrictions locally means filming of commercials can resume.
On Tuesday, the national board of SAG-AFTRA announced that it will be holding a disciplinary hearing against the outgoing president of the United States, where he could face possible expulsion from the actors’ guild.
Donald Trump is facing possible expulsion from SAG-AFTRA. The union’s national board of directors will meet Tuesday morning in a special session regarding disciplinary action against him, which could lead to his expulsion. The former star of The Apprentice — and soon-to-be former president — has been a member of the union and its forerunners, SAG and AFTRA, since 1989. Above, Macauley Culkin with Trump in 1992’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
On-set commercial production has been shuttered temporarily in Southern California because of surging coronavirus outbreaks in the region, effective immediately. The major studios and streamers, meanwhile, are already on production hiatus in Southern California until mid-January. The agreement to halt local commercial production was announced Sunday night by SAG-AFTRA, the Producer Guild of America and the Joint Policy Committee of the Association of National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.
Amid a notable rift between competing factions within the union, SAG-AFTRA members ratified its new three-year TV/theatrical deal with producers as voting ended on July 22.
Performers’ union SAG-AFTRA and major motion picture and television studios have reached agreement on a new three year TV/theatrical deal, the parties announced Thursday, capping six weeks of bargaining via videoconference.
SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday that Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MPA has joined SAG-AFTRA’s team of specialists advising the union in developing and implementing new safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 when production resumes. A nationally-recognized expert in public health preparedness and communication, Fielding brings decades of public health expertise to the mission of […]
Performers union SAG-AFTRA and major motion picture and television studios will commence bargaining on Monday ahead of a June 30 contract extension, the union and studio alliance said Friday in unexpected news.
SAG-AFTRA today announced “a major milestone” in its ongoing work to promote the on-set safety and dignity of its members. SAG-AFTRA’s new “Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators” provides a framework for the use of professional, skilled intimacy coordinators — professionals who help performers and productions navigate highly sensitive scenes that feature […]