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Understanding Global Rule One

Screen Actors Guild continues to enjoy success with Global Rule One, which ensures Guild members retain SAG contract protections wherever they work in the world. Since its enactment by the SAG national board in May 2002, the historic initiative has helped generate more than 200 percent increase in foreign theatrical and television productions shot under SAG terms and conditions, resulting in substantial member earnings and millions of dollars in union pension and health care contributions.

The solidarity of SAG members has been essential to the success of Global Rule One, which states: “No member shall work as a performer for any producer who has not executed a basic minimum agreement with the Guild which is in full force and effect. This provision applies worldwide.” SAG has secured hundreds of foreign theatrical motion pictures since 2002.