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. Under this specific theatrical convention, you can only hire SAG-AFTRA actors as lead actors, and the first 57 background actors recruited must also be unionized. 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. The residues are based on formulas that take into account, for example. B of the contract that came into force during the year, the production time, the mode of production and the market on which the product appears. All performers recruited or valued under a main performance agreement whose performance remains in the finished product are entitled to leftovers. The substantive actors do not receive residues and are not entitled to leftovers, unless they are revalued as lead actors. This may not be relevant to short film producers, but if you create a feature film with distribution plans, you must deliver to that distributor a number of things before the agreement is consolidated, under traditional (old) distribution conditions that require an agreement with a distribution company that agrees to distribute your film to you.
In this article, I highlighted the twelve amendments which I believe will have the greatest impact on producers. The changes are at their peak: some deal with issues important to the union and its members; others are upgrades designed to better align the commercial contract with production realities (particularly digital production) in 2019; some clarify the ambiguities that have plagued talent payment teams for some time; and several are aimed directly at “creating the conditions for competition” between signatory and non-signatory brands and agencies. Once you have submitted your interim information form on DocuSign (make sure you print and/or download a copy for your recordings!), you are now on your way to be a signatory. Woohoo, it was easy! All categories are subject to the existing basic agreement and the television broadcasting agreement. As part of the television agreement, actors and background actors are covered for their work on the shows that signed the SAG-AFTRA television agreement. As part of the television agreement, there is a required quota of 21 substantive actors, and for all non-union actors who are hired, and the 22nd and over productions of substantive actors should submit the corresponding report by Tft Hartley, accompanied by a headshot and a CV. Second, the waivers of “Live Event,” “Person on the Street” and “Hidden Camera” are now officially and definitively part of the main agreement. Moreover, these exemptions are no longer conditional on the union`s producers making copies of spots subject to this exemption available; Instead, producers should only make the spots available to the union on request. And the contract specifies that any interviewer hired for “Person on the Street” and “Hidden Camera” advertisements may be demoted or downgraded if authorized in accordance with Section 27 of the main contract.