Audiobooks are audio recordings of published texts performed by professional narrators.

Formerly recorded exclusively under the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, today there are more than 40 separate SAG-AFTRA agreements with audiobook publishers and producers. In recent years, the amount of work for members has increased steadily with the advent of audiobook digital downloads. SAG-AFTRA has negotiated fair contracts that cover all types of audiobook work.

Here’s what just a few employers have said about their experience with SAG-AFTRA:

“In my 12 years with Random House Audio, I have had the pleasure of hiring hundreds of SAG-AFTRA members to narrate our audiobooks. Random House has had a great working relationship with AFTRA and now SAG-AFTRA for over 20 years, and it has always yielded positive results for our productions. I can’t say enough about all of the fantastic collaborations we have had with their representatives, and their members,”

  • Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

“Audiobooks narrators are professional performers and should be treated that way. Like all pros, they want to protect their families’ health and plan for the future. SAG-AFTRA membership helps them to do that.  As a long-time producer of audiobooks, I owe my livelihood to bringing my clients the best talent available. And that’s SAG-AFTRA talent-forward-leaning professionals who consistently deliver at rates that work for their clients and for themselves,”

  • John McElroy, who runs a three-time Grammy Award winning production company.

“Signing a SAG-AFTRA contract and becoming a signatory is one of the best business moves I’ve ever made. I am in a position now to help the actors who work with me to obtain health care and rates they can depend on. And, it opened up a pool of quality actors to me that I did not have before.  The SAG-AFTRA representatives were kind and amenable and I feel they listened to my needs and were able to easily negotiate terms that were mutually beneficial for me, the companies I produce for, and the actors I hire. All in all, an excellent experience,”

  • Bob Deyan, a producer of more than 10,000 audiobooks. 

If you would like further information about signing a SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Contract, please contact one of the staff specialists listed on the Contact Information page.

Contact Information

If you have questions about audiobook work, call any of the SAG-AFTRA staff specialists below:

LocationNameEmailPhone Number
New YorkRichard Larkinrichard.larkin@sagaftra.org(212) 863-4242
Washington-Mid AtlanticJane Lovejane.love@sagaftra.org(301) 657-2560 x4859
Los AngelesSteve Sidawisteve.sidawi@sagaftra.org(323) 634-8118

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