Tag Archives: Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

JPC Bulletin re SAG-AFTRA Interpretations of 2013 Commercials Contract Provisions

This bulletin outlines several areas where the JPC disagrees with the Union's interpretation of the 2013 Commercials Contract provisions. The JPC and the Union are working to resolve their differences. In the interim, please notify the JPC by emailing Stacy Marcus at smarcus@reedsmith.com in the event that you receive a claim from the Union regarding any of the issues outlined in the bulletin.… Continue Reading

Reminder: Joint Policy Committee Seminar – July 10

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the ANA-4A's JPC will be conducting an in-person seminar in Boston to review the new provisions of the SAG-AFTRA 2013-2016 Commercials Contracts. This will be the last in the current series of regional JPC seminars regarding the new provisions. Stacy Marcus, Legal Counsel to the JPC will be leading the discussion. This seminar is open to all industry members and is geared to those industry professionals involved in paying actors under the collective bargaining agreements.… Continue Reading

Joint Policy Committee Seminar Hosted by Talent Partners

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the ANA-4A's JPC will be conducting an in-person seminar in Boston to review the new provisions of the SAG-AFTRA 2013-2016 Commercials Contracts. This will be the last in the current series of regional JPC seminars regarding the new provisions. Stacy Marcus, Legal Counsel to the JPC will be leading the discussion. This seminar is open to all industry members and is geared to those industry professionals involved in paying actors under the collective bargaining agreements.… Continue Reading

2013-2016 Rate Charts for the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts

New 2013-2016 Compensation Rate Sheets, Tables and other supplemental rate-based materials have been drafted, verified and agreed to by the industry and the union. As a reminder, the effective date for any retroactive payments due to performers for compensation under these contracts as well as implementation of new working conditions and other non-economic provisions is no later than June 30, 2013. Please use the link below to view these materials.… Continue Reading

Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and SAG-AFTRA

Representatives of SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee representing the advertising industry have agreed to extend for one week the current Screen Actors Guild Television Recorded Commercials agreement and AFTRA Radio Recorded Commercials agreement. Both contracts were previously set to expire March 31, 2013. Under the extension, the agreements will remain in effect through and including April 7, 2013. The JPC and SAG-AFTRA began negotiations for successor agreements to the commercials contracts on February 14. Both parties look forward to continued productive negotiations under the mutually agreed upon and previously announced media blackout still in effect.… Continue Reading

JPC-SAG-AFTRA Commercial Contract Negotiations-Open Session 2/14/13

The JPC will commence negotiations with SAG-AFTRA in regard to successor commercials contracts on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The negotiations will be held at the Warwick Hotel- New York City. Further information regarding the Warwick Hotel can be found at: warwickhotelny.com. Throughout the negotiations there may be joint industry-union sessions that will be open to … Continue Reading

Industry and Union agree to Clearinghouse Initiative

As you are aware, for the last several years, the industry and SAG-AFTRA have been jointly engaged in a progressive study to investigate, develop and build a GRP-based residual system as an alternative to the current residual payment model under the SAG Television + AFTRA Television Commercials Contracts. The industry and the unions agreed as part of the 2009 Commercials Contracts negotiations to conduct a year-long pilot test of such a system and which is called the "GRP-E Pilot." In addition the parties agreed to hold early bargaining on or about October 2011 to discuss the results of the GRP Pilot and bargain over the possible implementation of the GRP System. The parties subsequently agreed to defer that obligation as part of a one-year extension of the obligation to bargain successor agreements to the 2009 Commercials Contracts.… Continue Reading

SAG/AFTRA Propose 1-year Extension of Commercials Contracts

The following link contains the full text of the JPC’s recent bulletin regarding SAG/AFTRA’s proposal for a 1-year extension to the Commercials Contracts. It is the intention of the JPC to agree to the extension. During this extension year, all rates, terms and conditions of the 2009 – 2012 Commercials Contracts would remain the same, i.e., there … Continue Reading

SAG/AFTRA: JPC BLTN#7273 Made for Internet and New Media Commercials: New Minimums April 1, 2011

To: broadcast business affairs contacts, legal counsel and other interested parties including talent payroll companies Re: SAG TV Commercials Contract, AFTRA Television Recorded Commercials Contract,AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract As you are aware, as of April 1, 2011, new minimum scale session and use fees take effect for Made for Internet and Made for New Media … Continue Reading

Callaway and the SAG Plans Settle

In February 2007 the Callaway Golf Company sued the Screen Actors Guild Health the Pension Plans, seeking a declaratory judgment that the P&H allocation for covered services made by Callaway on behalf the the golfers who appeared in Callaway commercials was sufficient and that the allocation demanded by the plans was excessive. The parties settled … Continue Reading

GRP Model – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

This post was written by Kathleen C. Quinn, VP, Director Production Services, American Association of Advertising Agencies. Per the 2009 SAG/AFTRA Commercials Contract, SAG, AFTRA, and the JPC have agreed to conduct an in-depth study of the Gross Ratings Point Talent Compensation Model (“GRP Model”). SAG, AFTRA, and the JPC have selected PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) to … Continue Reading

Guilds Split over Video Games: SAG and AFTRA Boards Recommend Acceptance of New Video Game Collective Bargaining Agreement; SAG Membership Rejects It

This continues to be an interesting year for entertainment labor negotiations. New SAG/AFTRA ad industry contracts, SAG’s new television and theatrical contract and studio agreement, an extension of the Non-Broadcast/Industrial and Educational agreement, not to mention infighting and lawsuits. And now there’s a new item – SAG and AFTRA’s separate negotiations with the videogame industry over voiceover … Continue Reading

California Legislature Passes New Law Imposing Permit Fees on Child Actors

California has long had a law requiring that children seeking to be employed in entertainment productions, or as advertising or photographic models, must obtain an Entertainment Work Permit prior to beginning work. See Cal. Labor Code § 1285 et seq.; see also 8 C.C.R. 11750 et seq. The Entertainment Work Permits were issued free of charge upon … Continue Reading

Allocation Dispute Procedures

We have received some questions on how existing allocation disputes in multi-service celebrity endorsement deals should be resolved in light of the procedures adopted in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”). As you are fully aware, the determination of appropriate allocations of compensation between covered and non-covered services in multi-service contracts and the process to … Continue Reading

Why Be a JPC Authorizer?

Few people are aware that the union collective bargaining agreements that govern the employment of performers and musicians in commercials in traditional and non-traditional media are collectively the largest union agreements in the entertainment business. Under these agreements, advertisers pay union performers and musicians nearly $1 billion a year. In the collective bargaining process, the … Continue Reading

Memoranda of Agreement for SAG/AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts are Now Available

The Joint Policy Committee recently negotiated new 3-year agreements with SAG and AFTRA covering performers in television and radio commercials. Copies of the Memoranda of Agreement are attached below: SAG Television Commercials Contract Memorandum of Agreement AFTRA Television Commercials Contract Memorandum of Agreement AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract Memorandum of Agreement… Continue Reading

SAG and AFTRA 2009 TV and Radio Agreements – Revised Rate Charts

Revised SAG 2009 TV Commercials and AFTRA 2009 RADIO Commercials rate charts are available. These rate charts have been revised to reflect minor rounding corrections to the previously issued documents. You will also find some additional explanations/clarifications based on questions we have been receiving from members. The AFTRA TV 2009 Rate Charts are identical to … Continue Reading
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