SAG-AFTRA, Production Companies Reach a Tentative Three-Year Deal

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Reprinted from Variety by Dave McNary on July 4, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood’s production companies have reached a tentative deal on a new three-year master contract for union performers — averting a strike.

The deal was announced at 6:40 a.m Tuesday morning by a rep for the companies without comment following a month of bargaining at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, California.

Both sides had agreed on the previous three consecutive nights — starting with Friday, June 30 — to negotiate past the expiration of the current three year deal. That held off SAG-AFTRA from moving towards a strike authorization vote by union members.

SAG-AFTRA said on June 25 that it would seek a strike authorization if it could not reach a deal by June 30. But it gave no timetable for doing so, and the back-to-back-to-back extensions indicated that negotiators were moving closer to agreement in key areas such as travel allowances and compensation for high-budget productions for streaming services. …

The new deal, if ratified, provides for $256 million in increased pay over the three years with minimums increasing by 2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second year and 3% in the third year. Employers will also provide a 0.5% hike in contributions paid to the SAG Pension Plan and AFTRA Retirement Fund in the first year of the agreement.

The union said Tuesday that the tentative deal includes “significant improvements”  in the residuals rate for streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon. Actors will receive residuals after 90 days instead of after one year. The new formula delivers a 300% increase in residuals within their first two years when their work is exhibited worldwide on Netflix.

SAG-AFTRA also gained a five-fold increase in travel allowances for TV series performers who work at locations away from home. The deal also reduces the amount of time in which TV series actors can be held off the market.

The contract covers work by SAG-AFTRA members in primetime television and feature films and generates more than $1 billion in annual compensation. …

Variety 7/4

 

SAG-AFTRA & Producers Reach Tentative Agreement on New Film & TV Contract; Read the Terms

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  and  on July 4, 2017.

  • Wage increases of 2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second year and 3% in the third year
  • A one-half percent increase in the current rate of employer contributions paid to the SAG Pension Plan and AFTRA Retirement Fund in the first year of the agreement, raising the total contribution rate to 17.5% effective July 1, 2017
  • First ever residuals compensation for foreign use…

Deadline Hollywood 7/4

 

Reprinted from Variety by Dave McNary on July 2, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood’s production companies have agreed to extend the union’s current contract for a third day and continue bargaining.

The extension was announced late Sunday by both sides without comment after more than a month of bargaining at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, California.

Both sides have agreed on three consecutive nights — starting with Friday, June 30 — to negotiate past the expiration of the current three year deal. That’s held off SAG-AFTRA from moving towards a strike authorization vote by union members.

SAG-AFTRA said on June 25 that it would seek a strike authorization if it could not reach a deal by June 30. But it gave no timetable for doing so, and the back-to-back-to-back extensions indicate that negotiators have been moving closer to agreement. …

Variety 7/2

 

Reprinted from The Wrap by  on July 1, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have extended contract negotiations another day, a spokesperson for the former told The Wrap.

This is the second such extension since their current deal expired Friday night.

Both sides have agreed to a day-by-day policy, a game of sudden death as they hammer out contentious issues like overtime minimums and travel stipends for actors on location.

Last Sunday, SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors unanimously voted to move forward with a strike vote if terms weren’t met to their satisfaction. Actors have not gone on strike in the theatrical business since 1980. …

The Wrap 7/2

 

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by David Ng on July 1, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA has extended negotiations for a new three-year contract as Friday’s deadline passed without an agreement with the major Hollywood studios.

The actors’ union has been in talks since May 31 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the bargaining organization that represents studios, broadcast networks and major cable networks.

In a statement released late Friday, the two sides said that they “will continue to bargain” and that the current contract has been “extended on a day-to-day basis.”

SAG-AFTRA said earlier this week that it was planning to seek a strike authorization from its members after the two sides “failed to make sufficient progress on our most critical issues.” …

LA Times 7/1

 

Reprinted from Variety by Dave McNary on June 30, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood’s production companies were making progress toward a possible deal with less than eight hours left before the current master contract expires.

If no deal is reached by 12:01 a.m. PDT on Saturday, the union has promised to seek a strike authorization vote from its members.

Bargaining continued Friday afternoon under a month-long news blackout at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, California. Sources told Variety that negotiators have been able to move closer to agreement on several issues such as travel allowances and compensation for high-budget productions for streaming services but cautioned there’s no guarantee of a tentative deal getting made by the end of Friday.

It’s possible that SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP could extend the current contract if both sides believe they are making enough progress to merit continuing the negotiations. …

Variety 6/30

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