TMZ is a Non-AFTRA Production
Los Angeles (September 20, 2007) --- Screen Actors Guild members are hereby advised that American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) does NOT have a contract for TMZ, a broadcast syndication “infotainment” TV series produced by TMZ Productions, Inc., A.K.A. Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. and hosted by Harvey Levin.
The producer of TMZ has, to date, refused to sign a union agreement. In addition, AFTRA recently learned that promotional announcements for this program, which were originally produced under an AFTRA agreement, are now being produced non-union.
AFTRA has requested the support of its sister unions, and we are advising Screen Actors Guild members that this program does not yet have a contract with AFTRA. Do not accept employment on TMZ or promos for TMZ until and unless a fair contract between AFTRA and the producer is achieved.
Guild members are reminded that it is a violation of Rule 9 of the Screen Actors Guild Rules and Regulations to accept employment in AFTRA’s jurisdiction when an agreement has not yet been reached between AFTRA and the producer