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JPC and AFM Reach Agreement on New CBA

On June 5, 2014, the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) reached agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. Attached is the summary and MOA. The agreement is subject to ratification by AFM members.… Continue Reading

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract – Clarifications

After conclusion of the 2013 Commercials Contracts negotiations and subsequent ratification, several issues came under review by the JPC and SAG-AFTRA that warranted further discussion and clarification. (Those issues were previously outlined in 4A's Bulletin # 7545JPC, dated 8/6/13.) The JPC and SAG-AFTRA have reached final agreement on these outstanding items. Download a copy of the joint JPC/SAG-AFTRA memorandum for further information.… Continue Reading

Arbitrator Finds for SAG-AFTRA in Allocation Dispute: Signatory Ordered to Pay Additional Pension and Health Contributions to the SAG Plans

On March 18, an arbitrator ordered a signatory to the SAG 2009 Commercials Contract -- Talent Direct ("TD") -- to pay additional pension and health contributions to the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans (the "SAG Plans") after allocating less than the amounts set forth in the Allocation Guidelines. This arbitration ruling is the first of its kind since the institution of the Allocation Guidelines in 2009.… Continue Reading

SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract – Update on Running Footage: Drivers

Special provisions for payment for drivers who are employed to provide services for "running footage" or "wild footage" for motor vehicle commercials have been in existence since 1992. Download an updated joint JPC/SAG-AFTRA bulletin, providing a recap of those provisions, which have been updated to reflect the current on-camera principal rate and the current number of extra zones.… Continue Reading

JPC Reminder: Ad-ID Compliance – SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts – NLT 3-31-14

The SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts mandate that all commercials produced under those Contracts for television, radio, Internet and New Media must use Ad-ID as the sole standard commercial identifier. The grace period to adopt Ad-ID ends on March 31, 2014. Time to transition is running out. You must complete the transition fully before the deadline to avoid noncompliance. Some companies have asked the JPC what they should do to ensure that they are compliant.… Continue Reading

AFofM Agreements to Expire on February 14, 2014

The collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) and the advertising industry (as extended by the bargaining parties in 2012) will expire on February 14, 2014. What needs to be done? If your company is a Joint Policy Committee (JPC) authorizer, your company's interests in this agreement will be represented by the JPC in negotiations with the AFofM; no further action is required. If your company no longer wishes to be represented by the JPC in collective bargaining, you must withdraw your authorization from the JPC no later than December 14, 2013, by written notice to the JPC and a copy to the AFofM. Additionally, if you also wish to terminate your signatory status and adherence to the contract upon the expiration date, you must provide AFofM with sixty (60) days advance written notice of your desire to terminate the contract.… Continue Reading

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

AFofM Contract Extension 2012-2013: Commercial Announcements Agreement

The ANA-4A's Joint Policy Committee (JPC) has successfully reached agreement with the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM) for a formal extension to the 2009-2012 Commercial Announcements Agreement. Ratification by the union membership will take place shortly and ratification is expected. The term of this extension agreement is from October 17, 2012 through December 31, 2013. Effective January 1, 2013: Contributions to the AFofM Pension Plan shall increase by one percent (1%) from 13.08% to 14.08% for new music tracks recorded on or after January 1, 2013. Attached is a copy of the fully executed Memorandum of Understanding.… 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

AFofM Contract Expires – What now?

On October 16, 2012, the American Federation of Musicians (“AFofM”) Commercials Contract expired. The JPC awaits a response to our proposal from the AFofM. In the interim, please be advised that all terms and conditions of the expired contract continue to apply. We will update you when we receive a response from the AFofM.… 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
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