SAG-AFTRA members voted by an overwhelming 96% to approve the 2013 Commercials Contracts. The attached summary and FAQs provide additional information regarding the contracts. Rate sheets will be available soon.… Continue Reading
Join Los Angeles area advertising industry leaders in a seminar to review and explain the many changes to the SAG-AFTRA Agreements.
Doug Wood, Lead Negotiator for the Joint Policy Committee, and Stacy Marcus, Legal Counsel to the Joint Policy Committee, will be leading the discussion.… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Attached is an update from JPC counsel regarding the sending of take down notices to signatories by the unions in response to claims of unauthorized use of commercials on the internet. Also attached is a copy of the letter from SAG and AFTRA to the JPC confirming same.… Continue Reading
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
The following documents constitute the Trust Agreements for the Screen Actors Guild – Producers Pension and Health Plans: SAG Producers Health Plan Trust Agreement SAG Producers Pension Plan for Motion Picture Actors For a list of all Union updates and resources, please click here.… Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
Earlier this week, we posted a blog entry that discussed the issue of signatory talent payment obligations in relation to the unauthorized posting of commercials on third party websites such as YouTube. A number of readers have asked for clarification on the following two points: Q: If an advertiser is made aware that a commercial has … Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
AFTRA and SAG have extended the provisions of the Late Night Waiver for television commercials through March 31, 2012. The previous payment rates under this waiver have been increased by +4.43%. A copy of the waiver and new payment rates can be found here. … Continue Reading