Carteris Says SAG-AFTRA is ‘Reviewing’ Its Relationship with Talent Agencies

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on August 16, 2019.

Four months into the WGA’s standoff with Hollywood’s talent agencies, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris says her union is reviewing its relationship with agents.

“I fully support the WGA in doing what it needs to in order to protect its members,” she said in a written statement in advance of last night’s town hall meeting featuring the guild’s top three presidential candidates. “I’ll do what is necessary to protect SAG-AFTRA members, but our situation and the WGA’s are not the same. We should be very careful not to conflate them. While we share some of the same issues, the circumstances that have gotten us to this point along with the differences in our membership lead us to potentially a different place than WGA.”

Like the WGA today, the old Screen Actors Guild couldn’t reach a deal back in 2002 for a new franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents. Unlike the WGA, however, SAG did not order its members to fire their agents en masse, and SAG-AFTRA doesn’t have an overall agreement – known as Rule 16 (g) – with the ATA to this day. …

Deadline Hollywood 8/16

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