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.
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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.

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

Earlier this year, the GRP Pilot, testing a new way actors who perform in television commercials are paid, got underway. More than 2,000 commercials are being tested to see if a GRP (ratings)-based compensation model will work. The results of the Pilot will be the centerpiece of negotiations with the unions that are scheduled to

If you’ve entered into a celebrity endorsement agreement lately, you’re not alone in being amazed that, while we’re all feeling the brunt of a recession (even though prognosticators tell us it’s over), celebrities (or more often their agents), seem to be getting greedier than ever.

It’s bad enough that the typical annual fee for a

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