Do Not Work Notices

Do Not Work Order for GAP Digital

Please read the following important notice regarding GAP Digital in Wheaton, IL:

SAG-AFTRA has been actively engaged in organizing in the area of audiobooks for the last several years. In fact the union has organized more than 30 audiobook producers and publishers since 2008, including the largest of the independent audiobook publishers across the country.

GAP Digital approached SAG-AFTRA to bargain an audiobook agreement, but negotiations broke down when GAP declared that it only wanted the collective bargaining agreement to apply in limited circumstances. The company negotiator, in a written communication to SAG-AFTRA Audiobook staff, stated there was "zero upside" to a contract with SAG-AFTRA that applied to all of their audiobook productions.

The company responded to advisories that SAG-AFTRA staff would have no choice but to seek a "no contract, no work" order against GAP Digital with a refusal to engage in further dialogue.

As such, with the unanimous support of the SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Steering Committee, and in consultation with professional narrators across the country, the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors has voted unanimously to issue a “no contract, no work” order against GAP Digital. 

Therefore SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work as an audiobook narrator for GAP Digital until such time as GAP becomes signatory to a SAG-AFTRA agreement, and that violation of such order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Actors’ Equity Association is also being asked to support SAG-AFTRA in this effort by advising its members not to accept work as audiobook narrators for GAP Digital in accordance with Article X(1)(f)(1) of the Bylaws of Actors’ Equity Association.

For questions about this notice, please contact Jane Love at jane.love@sagaftra.org or Richard Larkin at richard.larkin@sagaftra.org.

ACTORS EQUITY DO NOT WORK NOTICE: "THE OCTONAUTS"

Actors Equity has issued a “no work” order for the non-Equity touring production entitled The Octonauts by Jonathan Shank, Red Light Management. SAG-AFTRA Rule 9 prohibits SAG-AFTRA members from working on such productions. Thus, accepting employment on this play could lead to discipline.
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DO NOT WORK NOTICE: “THE SULTAN AND THE SAINT”

This is to advise all SAG-AFTRA members that Unity Productions Foundation, which is producing the one-hour documentary special for public television entitled “The Sultan and the Saint”, which will be produced in Baltimore and other sites in Maryland, has refused to sign an agreement with SAG-AFTRA. This notice is to remind SAG-AFTRA members of their obligation to refuse employment in connection with this program. Accepting employment on “The Sultan and the Saint’ may be considered a violation of Global Rule One. 

For more information, please call Director, Television Contracts David Besbris at (323) 634-8116.

Actors Equity Do Not Work Notice: "Madea on the Run"

Actors Equity has issued a “no work” order for the touring production entitled Madea on the Run by Tyler Perry Productions.

SAG-AFTRA Rule 9 prohibits SAG-AFTRA members from working on such productions. Thus, accepting employment on this play could lead to discipline.

For more information, contact David Besbris at david.besbris@sagaftra.org, (323) 634-8116 or click here.

SAG-AFTRA Do Not Work Notice for Once Upon a Time Films, LTD. and Sordid Productions, LLC.

AFTRA has advised members that Once Upon a Time Films, Ltd. and Sordid Productions, LLC have been declared an Unfair Employer and SAG-AFTRA members may not accept employment from these companies. Because there are several entities with similar sounding names that are not involved in this matter, members are also advised to use care and contact their SAG-AFTRA local office if they have any questions regarding the identity of the companies subject to the Do Not Work order.

The only entities declared Unfair and subject to the Do Not Work order are: “Once Upon a Time Films, Ltd.” and “Sordid Productions, LLC.” Other entities with similar sounding names, such as Del Shores' “Sordid Lives, LLC,” and “Somewhat Sordid Publishing," are NOT parties involved in the pay dispute with SAG-AFTRA-represented performers and have not been declared unfair.


Please be advised that the Administrative Committee of the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) has declared Once Upon a Time Films, Ltd. and Sordid Productions, LLC unfair employers. SAG-AFTRA members may not accept employment from these Companies.

Sordid Productions, LLC is the signatory company which produced "Sordid Lives," a series of 12 half-hour scripted dramatic episodes produced for exhibition on basic cable. In 2008, the exhibiting cable network began rerunning all episodes of “Sordid Lives,” and the AFTRA agreement with Sordid Productions, LLC requires a payment for each domestic rerun of an episode. AFTRA presented a claim to Sordid Productions, LLC for the unpaid residuals, but despite representations and promises made by the Company throughout late 2008 and early 2009, no residual payments have yet been made to the AFTRA cast members.

AFTRA filed for arbitration and won an interim arbitration order finding that Once Upon a Time Films, Ltd. and Sordid Productions, LLC are alter egos and that both companies are jointly liable for residual payments. The AFTRA agreement specifically incorporates Paragraph 92 of the AFTRA Network Television Code, which empowers AFTRA to declare a signatory “unfair” by virtue of a material breach of the collective bargaining agreement and, further, to order its members not to work for such unfair producer.

AFTRA Franchised Talent Agents are also hereby advised that pursuant to the AFTRA Regulations Governing Talent Agents they may not engage their SAG-AFTRA member clients for services provided to Once Upon a Time Films, Ltd. or Sordid Productions, LLC.

If you have questions about this notice or about the signatory or “unfair” status of an employer, please contact your nearest SAG-AFTRA office. Click here to see the list of SAG-AFTRA Locals.

You may also contact David Besbris, Television Department Director, at 323.634.8100 ext. 116.

SAG-AFTRA Do Not Work Notice in Effect for 'TMZ'

Effective September 20, 2007, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are advised that TMZ Productions Inc., Harvey Levin Productions Inc., and paraMedia inc.-producers of the syndicated TV series "TMZ"-are not signed to an AFTRA contract covering this program.

SAG-AFTRA members may NOT accept employment, including recording in-show and/or promotional announcements, on "TMZ" until and unless a fair contract between AFTRA and the producers is achieved. If you are contacted for employment on "TMZ", please contact David Besbris, Los Angeles Local Director of Television, 323.634.8116 (David.Besbris@sagaftra.org). All calls are confidential.

SAG-AFTRA Do Not Work Notice for Commercials Produced by Nickelodeon

Please be advised that Nickelodeon is not signed to the AFTRA Television Commercials Contract or the AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract.

Although AFTRA has collective bargaining agreements with Nickelodeon covering other types of programs, members are prohibited from accepting employment for commercial services by Nickelodeon or by any other employer, unless that employer is signatory to the applicable AFTRA TV or Radio Commercials Contract.

Please be reminded that SAG-AFTRA members may not accept employment in commercials, whether for broadcast, cable or the Internet, unless the employer is signed to the AFTRA Television Commercials Contract or the AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract. (SAG-AFTRA members are also permitted to work under the SAG TV Commercials Contract.)

Franchised Talent Agents should check and verify the signatory status of an employer who seeks to engage their SAG-AFTRA member clients for services in a broadcast, cable or Internet commercial.

If you have questions about this notice, about the signatory status of an employer, or about whether a particular project is commercial in nature rather than a covered program or promo, please contact your nearest SAG-AFTRA local office.

Click here to see the list of SAG-AFTRA Locals.

An Important Notice Regarding Producer Cess Silvera’s Series Top Shottas

Please note that Cess Silvera, the producer of the series entitled Top Shottas, scheduled to begin production soon in Miami, is not signatory to any SAG-AFTRA agreement. This producer has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA in spite of outreach from union staff to company representatives. 

Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear on any episode in this series. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

For more information, contact Leslie Krensky, South Region Director, Contracts and Operations at leslie.krensky@sagaftra.org or (305) 663-7077.

 

An Important Notice Regarding the Frog Team LLC Program Mulchtown

Please note that Frog Team LLC (the producer of the program scheduled to begin production on Saturday, April 16 in Atlanta, GA entitled Mulchtown) is not signatory to any SAG-AFTRA agreement. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA in spite of outreach from union staff to company representatives.

Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear on any episode in this series. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

For more information, contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, david.besbris@sagaftra.org; (323) 634-8116.

 

Rescission of Do Not Work Notice: "Off Camera with Sam Jones"

SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its “no contract/no work” order regarding the cable and online series Off Camera with Sam Jones, the talk show for Audience Network.

SAG-AFTRA has signed a collective bargaining agreement with the production company Beware Doll Inc. to cover Off Camera with Sam Jones.

Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

Rescission of Do Not Work Notice for "Comedians of LA" and "Living with Funny"

Attention all members: SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its “no contract/no work” order regarding the series Comedians of LA and Living with Funny.

SAG-AFTRA has signed a collective bargaining agreement with the production company Comedians of LA Productions to cover Comedians of LA and SAG-AFTRA is not asserting jurisdiction of Living with Funny.

For more information, please contact David Besbris at (323) 634-8116 or at david.besbris@sagaftra.org.

Do Not Work Notice: Winner's Circle

Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the Esquire Network, Magical Elves, Inc. program Winner’s Circle.

SAG-AFTRA has issued a "no-contract, no-work" order for the Esquire Network program Winner's Circle, produced by Magical Elves, Inc. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this program. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

Do Not Work Order for "The 206"

Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the McKenna-Gottlieb Producers, Inc. program The 206.

SAG-AFTRA has issued a “no-contract, no-work” order for the program The 206, produced by McKenna-Gottlieb Producers, Inc. Neither this company nor any other producer associated with this production has yet to execute a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this program. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Members with questions may contact Seattle Local Executive Director Brad Anderson at brad.anderson@sagaftra.org or (206) 282-2506.

Do Not Work Notice: Non-Union Program The Getaway

Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the Esquire Network, Zero Point Zero Productions program The Getaway.

SAG-AFTRA has issued a "no-contract, no-work" order for the Esquire Network program The Getaway, produced by Zero Point Zero Productions Inc. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this program. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

Do Not Work Notice: Non-Union Program Vampires in Virginia

Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the INTEG Films, LLC. program Vampires in Virginia.
 
Please note that INTEG Films, LLC (the producer of the program currently in production entitled Vampires in Virginia) is not signatory to any SAG-AFTRA agreement. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA in spite of outreach from union staff to company representatives.
 
Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this film. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
 
Members with questions may contact: Jane Love, Washington-Mid Atlantic Local Associate Executive Director, jane.love@sagaftra.org / (301) 657-2560 ext. 4859.

Do Not Work Notice: Non-Union Syndicated Show "Laughs"

Attention all members: Please read the following important notice regarding the Half Life Productions program Laughs.
 
SAG-AFTRA has issued a "no-contract, no-work" order for the first-run syndicated program Laughs, produced by Half Life Productions. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA.
 
Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this series. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
 
Members with questions may contact David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, at david.besbris@sagaftra.org or (323) 634-8116.

Do Not Work Order: Knife Fight

Attention All Members - please read the following important notice regarding Authentic Entertainment for Esquire Network

SAG-AFTRA has issued a "no-contract, no-work" order for the cable television series Knife Fight, produced by Authentic Entertainment for Esquire Network. This company has not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA.

Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on this series. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
 
Members with questions may contact: David Besbris, Director, Television Contracts, david.besbris@sagaftra.org / (323) 634-8116.