Important Notice to SAG Members Who Voice Theatrical Trailers
The Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement governs the terms and conditions of employment of performers for motion picture trailers.
It has recently come to our attention that producers are producing “scratch tracks.” Please be advised that production of such trailers without compensation is a violation of Section 18 of the Basic Agreement and may result in a claim being filed against the producer. Section 18 of the General Provisions of the Basic Agreement states as follows:
“Full day performer rates shall be paid to performers employed in each trailer, with the right of Producer to use on television and in theatres. Producer shall have the right to make a “teaser” trailer in addition to the full-length trailer for theatrical use only…”
“…Changes may be made only in the tag ending of a trailer to show time and place of exhibition of the advertised picture, and performer shall be paid a premium rate of twenty-five (25%) for each tag made beyond the first.”
General Provisions, Section 11 C. of the Basic Agreement states “Producer agrees that no waiver by any performer of any term of this Agreement……shall be requested of the performer or effective unless the consent of the Union is first had and obtained…”
In recognition of the need for performers and trailer companies to provide their clients with samples of vocal performances for hiring purposes, the Screen Actors Guild TV/Theatrical Standing Committee has granted a waiver that allows each performer to voice one trailer (script) for each trailer company per picture without compensation for this purpose only. If any part of the vocal performance is used, compensation will be due at the negotiated rate such performer receives for each trailer.
Screen Actors Guild members are reminded that violation of any of the collective bargaining contracts may subject a member to disciplinary action in accordance with Article XIV of the Screen Actors Guild Constitution and By-Laws.
If you have questions or information about this alleged practice, you are urged to contact Elizabeth Moseley, Director of Theatrical and Television Contracts, at (323) 549-6821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.