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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: 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

Recent Union Updates

The following documents have been added to our "Working with SAG, AFTRA, and AFofM – Union Updates" resource page: JPC Issues Update on Multi-Service Contract Requirements Doug Wood and Stacy Marcus Offer State of JPC Union Memo For a list of all Union updates and resources, please click here.… Continue Reading

Hollywood – Wake Up!

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 … 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

Job Opening – Joint Policy Committee for Broadcast Talent Relations – JPC Project Manager

The Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) is the multi-employer bargaining unit that represents the advertising industry in negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in connection with the union agreements covering actors who perform in commercials for traditional and non-traditional media.. Established in … Continue Reading

Unauthorized Uploads to YouTube

It has come to the JPC’s attention that the unions have been demanding payments be made to performers for commercials that have been uploaded to Internet services like YouTube without the advertiser’s or advertising agency producer’s authorization and that the advertiser or advertising agency has an obligation to notify YouTube to pull down a commercial … 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