Commission Equalization Program

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Commission Equalization Program

SAG-AFTRA's National Board has taken the first step in the process of equalizing commission structures for existing L-SAG, L-AFTRA (L=Legacy Union, either former SAG or former AFTRA, prior to merger) and all new SAG-AFTRA television programming in the above-listed Locals. As of Monday, February 9, 2015, all L-SAG agents in these six (6) markets may now commission L-SAG, L-AFTRA, and all new SAG-AFTRA television programming in the same manner, i.e., based on 12-C commission rules, which have been available to all L-AFTRA franchised agents since 2002. This change in commissions only applies prospectively to programming that is booked after Monday, February 9, 2015. Any programming booked prior to that date will remain subject to the original L-SAG or L-AFTRA commission structures, depending on the show's history. Should any confusion arise with respect to how a particular show is commissionable by your agent, please do not hesitate to contact our office(s) for clarification and assistance.

L-SAG agents in these six (6) markets may commission television programming which is Made for Broadcast Television (including episodic, M.O.W, CW, and animation) and which re-airs on Network Non-Prime time or Syndication. The current L-SAG rule is as follows:

Original Employment Made For Broadcast TV Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Hawaii
Network Non-Primetime, Syndication Commission is payable only when the employment contract provides for overscale residual payments.

Once the modification takes effect, that rule will read as follows:

Original Employment Made For Broadcast TV Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Hawaii
Network Non-Primetime, Syndication Agent may commission 1st and 2nd rerun if original employment is overscale, and residuals check is more than $100. Commissionable if overscale residual.

This modification in commissionability is intended to equalize commission structures moving forward for all of SAG-AFTRA television programming in the listed areas.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Professional Representatives Department at 323.549.6745 (LA) or 212.863.4205 (NY) for additional information.