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 Local AFTRA 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.
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 AFTRA office.
Click here to see the list of SAG-AFTRA Locals.
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 Joan Halpern Weise, Assistant National Executive Director, Contracts, at 323.634.8174 (Joan.Weise@sagaftra.org) or David Besbris, Los Angeles Local Director of Television, 323.634.8116 (David.Besbris@sagaftra.org). All calls are confidential.