Commercials

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Commercials
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Step 0

The Commercials Contracts cover advertising programs generally under three minutes in length and intended for use on television, foreign, theatrical, radio and new media.

Commercials Living Contracts
PRE-PRODUCTION
Yes
Step 1

Prior to auditions, prior to casting, prior to production, to use a SAG-AFTRA member in a commercial, there must be a SAG-AFTRA signatory attached to the project. The signatory could be an advertising agency or an advertiser. If a signatory is not already attached and you would like your company to become a signatory, complete a Preliminary Information Sheet.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Yes
Step 2

Required Documents

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and provide you with a packet of forms. Complete and return the following five documents from your packet:

 

1) Signatory Information Sheet
2) Corporate Resolution/Limited Liability Corporation/Limited Partnership Authorization
3) Credit Check

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Yes
Step 3

Email the completed form to the Commercials Department or fax to (212) 944-6774.

 

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within two business days to discuss your interest in becoming a signatory.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 4

Once your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative has reviewed your documents and you have signed the Letter of Adherence, you may begin the audition and hiring process. At auditions, an Exhibit E Sign-In Form must be made available and returned to the Commercials Department within 15 business days of the audition date.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 5

Upon hiring your cast, you must clear your cast with SAG-AFTRA to verify that the performers you have hired are in good standing. This is referred to as the Cast Clearance (or Station 12) process.

PRODUCTION
Yes
Step 6

Working With Non-SAG-AFTRA Members

 

If any of the cast are not yet SAG-AFTRA members, you should submit the applicable Taft-Hartley Report, along with a head shot and resume, to the Commercials Department within 15 days after their work date.

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PRODUCTION
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Step 6

On the actual shoot day(s), an on or off-camera principal performer is given an Exhibit A-1 Employment Contract and an extra is given an Exhibit A-2 Employment Contract. This contract contains information on hours of work, hours for fitting, pay rate, overtime, use type (seasonal, non-air demo, cable-only, etc.), and any special provisions that apply.

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POST-PRODUCTION
Yes
Step 7

Payment must be made to the performer within 15 business days of the session. The Pension & Health payment is made directly to the SAG -Producers Pension Plan in Burbank, CA. Specific information regarding this payment can be found on the Pension & Health Reporting Form.

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And that’s it!
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Step 8

At any point, please feel free to contact the Commercials Department with questions. We are here to assist you in ensuring that your experience with producing under the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract is a smooth and easy process.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

The 2016 bargained for audition form for signatories to the Audio Commercials Contract.
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Pre-production form
The 2016 bargained for audition form for signatories to the Commercials Contract.
Fillable PDF
Pre-production form
Information provided to producers working with animals by the American Humane Association.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
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Pre-production form
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Pre-production form
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
Industry Safety Bulletin
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
Industry Safety Bulletin
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
A short document with information on how the Commercials Contract addresses ad llib and improvs at auditions. Document is prior to 2016 Commercials Contract.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
A short document with information on how the Commercials Contract addresses weather permit calls.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
A short document with information on how the Commercials Contract addresses casting and auditions. Document is prior to 2016.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
A short document with information on how the Commercials Contract addresses seasonal commercials.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
A short document with information on how the Commercials Contract addresses the waiver of Section 26K. Document is prior to 2016.
Informational / Guide PDF
Pre-production form
IRS form that is needed when SAG-AFTRA takes a security deposit from the producer and the producer requests that the deposit be placed in an interest bearing account.
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Pre-production form
The 2016 AFTRA H&R Contribution for the Audio Commercials Contract provided by AFTRA H&R.
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Production form
The 2016 bargained for Principal Performer employment contract under the SAG-AFTRA Audio Commercials Contract
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Production form
The 2016 SAG P&H contribution form for the Commercials Contract provided by SAG P&H.
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Production form
The 2016 bargained for Principal Performer employment contract under the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract
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Production form
The 2016 bargained for Extra Peformer employment contract under the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract.
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Production form
The member report form from the AFTRA Commercials Contract.
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Production form
Notice from SAG-Producers Pension & Health Plan regarding contributions from an individual producer employing themselves.
Informational / Guide PDF
Production form
This document is collectively bargained and cannot be modified without the consent of the Union.
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Production form
The 2016 bargained for transfer of rights form for signatories to the Audio Commercials Contract.
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Post-production form
The 2016 bargained for transfer of rights form for signatories to the Commercials Contract.
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Post-production form