The Joint Policy Committee, LLC (“JPC”) reached an agreement with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“SAG-AFTRA”) on the 2019 Commercials Contract and Audio Commercials Contract on April 2, 2019. The deal, led by Reed Smith partner and Chief Negotiator, Stacy Marcus, now moves into its next stages and will be
Today’s Hot Topic: Public Service Announcements
From time to time it’s good to keep in mind specific network guidelines when producing public service announcements.
According to network standards, public service announcements (PSAs) are meant to inform the public of the work of charitable, governmental, and non-profit organizations and other services available to the public. Such announcements must reflect the true nature…
SAG-AFTRA and the JPC Release FAQs on the Low Budget Digital Waiver
Beginning today, October 27, 2017, Producers can take advantage of the new Commercials Low Budget Digital Waiver. SAG-AFTRA and the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) worked together to negotiate this waiver for low budget digital productions, recognizing the parties’ focus on the growth of digital advertising.
The waiver applies to…
2016 SAG-AFTRA COMMERCIALS CONTRACTS MOAs AND DRAFTING AGREEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE WEBSITE
To access the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Memoranda of Agreement and Drafting Agreements, please visit the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations’ website: jointpolicycommittee.org.
SAG-AFTRA and the JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON SUCCESSOR COMMERCIALS CONTRACTS
On April 3, 2016, SAG-AFTRA and the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations reached tentative agreement on successor Commercials Contracts. For more regarding the parties’ agreement, please visit the JPC’s website: jointpolicycommittee.org.
JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE AND SAG-AFTRA EXTEND CONTRACTS
Please visit jointpolicycommittee.org for an update regarding the 2016 negotiations.
Bulletin: Information Request from SAG-AFTRA
We understand that some signatories to the Commercials Contracts received an information request from the Union. The JPC has discussed the request with the Union. It is our understanding that these requests are being sent to entities that are neither advertisers nor advertising agencies, and that the Union is looking to clarify what role such…
BULLETIN: AFTRA RETIREMENT FUND SENDING INFORMATION REQUEST TO JPC MEMBERS ON SIGNIFICANT DROP IN PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS
To address what it perceives as significant underfunding in its pension plan, the AFTRA Retirement Fund is actively sending information requests to Joint Policy Committee signatories whose contributions have declined over a three year period. The attached bulletin discusses the Fund’s rationale and efforts, and suggests potential defenses JPC signatories can use in refuting the…
Notice to Authorizers and Prudent Planning
The following documents outline the obligations of JPC Authorizers with respect to the upcoming SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and provide guidance for the prudent planning of productions.
For further questions, please reach out to the authors of this post.
2013 SAG-AFTRA Contracts are Here!
At long last, the 2013 contracts are available. Although hard copies of the books are still being printed, the first digital versions of the Commercials Contract and Radio Recorded Commercials Contract are available. The digital documents will be updated with an index and reposted by the JPC and Union in the coming weeks.