Yes, because this falls under SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdiction. You must become signatory as you and your fellow performers must be covered and protected by the provisions of a SAG-AFTRA agreement in order to be in compliance with Global Rule 1. For more information on Global Rule 1, please click here.
Residuals will be due for use in new media only if an original, made for new media program’s final total cost, as exhibited, is $25,000 or more per minute and it is exhibited on a consumer-pay-platform beyond 26 weeks.
You are able to defer payment to your performers under the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement if your performers agree to the deferral. A deferral in payments means that you agree to make X payment when Y happens.
Example: A producer agrees to pay all principal performers $100 per day of work performed if and when the production receives DVD distribution and after the producer recoups production costs of $5,000. When deferring payment to the performer, P&H or H&R will also be deferred until the performers’ payment is triggered.
Initial compensation can be negotiable* under the basic SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement for productions that do not meet the high budget thresholds; however, local, state and federal minimum wage laws still apply.
Payment is due to the performer no later than five business days from the date worked. SAG Pension & Health (P&H) or AFTRA Health & Retirement (H&R) contributions are due on the negotiated initial compensation, at a rate of 17% for both Principal Performers and Background Actors.
Whenever a Signatory producer hires a performer that is not a member of SAG-AFTRA they must report such hiring to the union in writing within 15 days from the performer’s initial work date.
For additional information regarding Taft-Hartley reports, please click here.
All Principal Performers and the first ten (10) Background Actors per day must be covered under a SAG-AFTRA contract. If, within reason, you need to hire a non-union member for any covered role, you must submit a Taft-Hartley report, within 15 days of the performers’ initial work date,
SAG-AFTRA does not assist in the casting process, but iActor is available to active Signatory producers. For further information on iActor and how to register, please click here.
Yes, provided the Producer is signatory to the applicable SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement.
Please note any SAG-AFTRA member cast should be in Good Standing with the Union prior to rendering services. Performer status is obtained by completing a Cast Clearance Report for each performer 24-48 hours prior to the start of production.
For more information on the Cast Clearance process, please click here.
The following information is required when submitting initial production information to SAG-AFTRA:
• Completed Preliminary Project Sheet;
• Line-item budget for the production;
• A copy of the script;
• A copy of formation documents (if signing as a business) or Driver’s License (if signing as an individual).
Please note, for higher budget productions, SAG-AFTRA may require financial assurances that will require additional paperwork to complete the signatory process.
If your project meets the above requirements, the first step to becoming a Signatory is to submit initial information regarding your project to SAG-AFTRA for review at least 3 weeks prior to the start of production. You may either complete an online application at osa.sagaftra.org, or you may complete and submit a preliminary project sheet via email.
The New Media Agreement covers dramatic (scripted) and non-dramatic (non-scripted) entertainment productions intended for initial exhibition on a new media platform. For a production to qualify for coverage under the New Media Agreement, it must:
• Be intended for initial exhibition via the Internet, mobile device or any other New Media platform now known or hereinafter devised;
• Have at least one qualified SAG-AFTRA member cast at the time the signatory application is submitted;