SAG-AFTRA Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New $200 Million-A-Year Network Television Code

SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new network television code that allows $200 per year for members working on virtually all non-primetime and all non-theatrical primetime television shows, as well as digital media. Earns more than Rs. The vote in favor of ratification was 94.67 percent.

New agreements with major television broadcast networks and other producers include morning news shows, talk shows, soap operas, variety, reality, game shows, sports and promotional announcements. Current programs covered include good Morning America, the young and the Restless, Danger!, saturday night live, Sound, so you think you can dance, Last Week Tonight with John OliverThe academic award And this Super Bowl,

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said, “This agreement is a step towards increasing our consciousness and sensitivity about safe spaces for performers on set.” “This is a huge, transformative victory. I am also delighted that our negotiators made a meaningful profit with new compensation and improved protection for our members.

“The agreement was a direct product of member engagement and participation, said Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the union’s national executive director. “It made gains in several key areas that members said were most important to them, including dancers, singers, Promo announcer and stand-in included. And those benefits were made possible because of the hard work of the negotiating committee, member leaders and staff.”

Highlights of the new contact, Sangh says, include:

• An increase of 3% p.a. in normal pay is applicable retrospectively till July 1, 2021, at most rates.
• The SAG-FTRA Health Plan has a 60% increase in the 1% benefit fund contribution rate and a 40% split in the FTRA Retirement Fund.
• For primetime award shows and entertainment specials, producers are now required to provide transportation and lodging at broadcast centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, DC, which currently provide transportation and accommodation for all types of programming. There are exceptions to obligations.
• Required accommodation or transportation when exhaustion or bad weather prevents safe driving.
• “Extremely superior” nudity and fake sex provisions that match achievements made in 2020 TV/theatrical contract negotiations.
• A “significant increase” in additional rehearsal rates (from $30 to $40) and overtime rates (from $45 for the primetime variety and $48 for award show rehearsal days to $55 for both) for dancers in primetime variety shows and award shows , which includes a new $70 overtime rate for more than 12 hours in a day.
• Dancers must be notified of authorized rehearsals to enable dancers and the union to “settle and resolve disputes over whether rehearsal has been covered.”
• Singers now receive double the salary at 50% of the applicable dancer program fee if required to learn “complex choreography”.
• Where there is more than two weeks of rehearsal for an awards show or primetime entertainment special, rehearsal pay is due twice a week instead of the day after the show.
• The first requirement of a pay scale – similar to the traditional media scale – for promotional announcements made with an additional 15% for use beyond 13 weeks for new media.
• First requirement of additional compensation for reuse in new media beyond 13 weeks of traditional media promotional announcement – fixed at 15% of the minimum fee.
• Automatic $14 additional compensation for background actors and stand-ins required to work in artificially generated rain or smoke (except herbal cigarettes) if not able to wear appropriate swim, surf or snow gear.
• Stand-in minimum call “increased significantly.”