New Media

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NEW MEDIA
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Step 1

The New Media Agreement covers original and derivative entertainment productions made for initial release on new media platforms.

 

Becoming a SAG-AFTRA Producer grants you access to the world’s most talented professional actors—and we’ve streamlined the New Media Agreement signatory process.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 2

Required Documents

 

Please complete and submit the following documents at least three weeks prior to your first day of shooting:
1)    Preliminary Information Sheet
2)    Pre-Production Cast List
3)    Script/Treatment
4)    Budget (top sheet summary will suffice)

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 3

Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the performers:

5)  Employer Verification
Individual Provide a copy of your I.D., and your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable)
Corporation  Provide your Articles of Incorporation
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement
Partnership or Joint Venture Provide your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable) and Partnership Agreement (if applicable).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 4

Once you have downloaded, completed and compiled these five items, email all documents to:

 

SignNMProjects@sagaftra.org

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 5

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within 2-3 business days to let you know if your production qualifies for coverage under the New Media Agreement, and to explain the next steps to becoming a SAG-AFTRA Producer.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Step 5

If your production qualifies, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will provide you with all required signatory documents for you to sign and return. 

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Step 5

Do you have questions regarding what type of programs qualify for the New Media Agreement? Curious about what type of content falls under New Media’s jurisdiction? Unsure of insurance requirements? Check out the New Media FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions. Have a question not addressed in the FAQs? Give us a call at (323) 549-6446.

 

New Media Monthly Workshop
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Step 6

SAG-AFTRA offers a monthly New Media workshop in Los Angeles to give producers an in-depth look into the signatory process and answer all production questions you may have. Workshops are generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. For upcoming dates and to RSVP, please visit the Los Angeles Local events page

Are Producers required to have insurance under the basic New Media Agreement?

Yes. Per the Agreement, the Producer shall obtain and keep in force during the term of employment of any performer a policy of comprehensive public liability insurance insuring the performer(s) against any liability arising out of the performance by the performer in the course and scope of their employment.

 

As always, Workers Compensation Insurance is a state requirement for employers.  Please ensure to abide by all state rules/requirements and note the producer is responsible should any accidents occur on set. 

Are residuals applicable under the basic New Media Agreement?

Residuals will be due for use in new media only if an original, made for new media program’s final total cost, as exhibited, is $25,000 or more per minute and it is exhibited on a consumer-pay-platform beyond 26 weeks.

 

For information on derivative new media programs and for new media programs moving from a new media platform to traditional media (television, theatrical, DVD, etc.), please contact the Residual Claims Department at (323) 549-6507.

Can SAG-AFTRA members work on New Media productions?

Yes, provided the Producer is signatory to the applicable SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement. 

 

Please note any SAG-AFTRA member cast should be in Good Standing with the Union prior to rendering services.  Performer status is obtained by completing a Cast Clearance Report for each performer 24-48 hours prior to the start of production.

 

For more information on the Cast Clearance process, please visit: http://www.sagaftra.org/production-center/station12

Does SAG-AFTRA offer workshops regarding new media productions?

Yes, SAG-AFTRA offers informational workshops on a monthly basis in order to inform producers on how to navigate the signatory process and provide answers to all of your production questions.

 

For more information on the monthly workshop and other events, please visit: www.sagaftra.org/locals/los-angeles/local-events

 

Still have questions regarding New Media?  Give us a call or email us anytime!

(323) 549-6446

NewMedia@sagaftra.org

How do I become Signatory to the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement?

If your project meets the above requirements, the first step to becoming a Signatory is to submit initial information regarding your project to SAG-AFTRA for review at least 3 weeks prior to the start of production. You may either complete an online application at osa.sagaftra.org, or you may complete and submit a preliminary project sheet via email.

How does a production qualify for coverage under the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement?

The New Media Agreement covers Original and Derivative dramatic and non-dramatic entertainment productions intended for initial exhibition on a new media platform.  For a production to qualify for coverage under the New Media Agreement, it must:

 

• Be intended for initial exhibition via the Internet, mobile device or any other New Media platform now known or hereinafter devised;

• Have at least one qualified SAG-AFTRA member cast at the time the signatory application is submitted who is cast in a sufficient role essential to the story line;

• Be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of principal photography;

• Include content that is intended solely for entertainment purposes, which does not in any way promote a product, service or call to action (i.e. a commercial or PSA).

 

For example, the New Media Agreement excludes:

• Motion pictures made for an initial theatrical release (including film festivals);

• Programs made for an initial television or DVD release;

• Video games or any other program that would be covered under the Interactive Agreement;

• Commercials, PSA’s or “How-To” videos;

• Any type of production or medium otherwise covered by any other SAG, AFTRA, or SAG-AFTRA agreement.

I’m a SAG-AFTRA member. Some of my other SAG-AFTRA friends and I create original short scripted videos for YouTube just for fun. Do we still need to become signatory?

Yes, because this falls under SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdiction. You must become signatory as you and your fellow performers must be covered and protected by the provisions of a SAG-AFTRA agreement in order to be in compliance with Global Rule 1. 

 

For more information on Global Rule 1, please click visit: www.sagaftra.org/production-center/globalruleone

May I defer payment for my performers? What exactly is a deferral?

You are able to defer payment to your performers under the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement if your performers agree to the deferral. A deferral in payments means that you agree to make X payment when Y happens.

 

Example: A producer agrees to pay all principal performers $100 per day of work performed if and when the production receives DVD distribution and after the producer recoups production costs of $5,000. When deferring payment to the performer, P&H or H&R will also be deferred until the performers’ payment is triggered.

May I distribute my SAG-AFTRA covered new media production beyond new media? (e.g., television, release on DVD, etc.)

You may distribute your covered new media production beyond new media, after the initial new media release, without the prior consent of your performers or an upgrade in payment; however, residuals will be paid for the use of Made for New Media productions in traditional media based on the appropriate existing SAG, AFTRA or SAG-AFTRA Agreement formulas.

What information is required to become a Signatory to the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement?

The following information is required when submitting initial production information to SAG-AFTRA:

 

• Completed Preliminary Project Sheet;

• Line-item budget for the production;

• A copy of the script;

• A copy of formation documents (if signing as a business) or Driver’s License (if signing as an individual).

 

Please note, for higher budget productions, SAG-AFTRA may require financial assurances that will require additional paperwork, and potentially a bond, to complete the signatory process.

What is the minimum pay scale for new media productions?

Initial compensation can be negotiable* under the basic SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement for productions that do not meet the high budget thresholds; however, local, state and federal minimum wage laws still apply.

 

Payment is due to the performer no later than five business days from the date worked.  SAG Pension & Health (P&H) or AFTRA Health & Retirement (H&R) contributions are due on the negotiated initial compensation, at a rate of 17% for both Principal Performers and Background Actors.

 

Please note any production shooting partially or entirely outside of the United States is subject to full rates, terms and conditions of the applicable SAG-AFTRA Agreement.

 

*SAG-AFTRA reserves the right to negotiate minimum rates, when applicable.