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Television
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Producers who sign with SAG-AFTRA have access to the world's most talented and professional performers for their projects, but becoming signatory does require completing some paperwork.

 

Learn more about the process with a step-by-step guide. Chose your project:

 

TELEVISION

Live Action

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Live Action

TELEVISION

Animation

BASIC CABLE

Animation

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 1

The following are the steps you must take prior to your first day of travel, rehearsal or principal photography, whichever comes first (we recommend giving yourself at least three weeks).

 

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 1

The following are the steps you must take prior to your first day of travel, rehearsal or principal photography, whichever comes first (we recommend giving yourself at least three weeks).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 1

The following are the steps you must take prior to your first day of travel, rehearsal or principal photography, whichever comes first (we recommend giving yourself at least three weeks).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet.

 

Email the completed form to signTVProjects@sagaftra.org.

 

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within a few days and send you a packet of information and documents.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

Email the completed form to signTVProjects@sagaftra.org.

 

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within a few days and send you a packet of information and documents.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet.

Email the completed form to signTVProjects@sagaftra.org.

 

A SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you within a few days and send you a packet of information and documents.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following five documents from your packet:
1)    Television Information Sheet
2)    Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
3)    Television Live Action Agreement
4)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan Adherence Letters
5)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following five documents from your packet:
1)    Basic Cable Information Sheet
2)    Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
3)    Basic Cable Animation Agreement
4)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan Adherence Letters
5)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following five documents from your packet:
1)    Television Information Sheet
2)    Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
3)    Television Animation Agreement
4)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan Adherence Letters
5)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Required Documents (cont.)

 

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

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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Required Documents (cont.)

 

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

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).

NOTE: It’s very important that the information you provide in this step is consistent with the information previously submitted.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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Required Documents (cont.)

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

 

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).

NOTE: It’s very important that the information you provide in this step is consistent with the information previously submitted.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 5

Send your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative the following three required production documents:

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 5

Send your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative the following three required production documents:

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 5

Send your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative the following three required production documents:

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

When all of the outlined requirements are fulfilled, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” allowing you to verify with the Union that the Performers and Background Actors you’ve hired for your project are in good standing and can work.  This is referred to as the Station 12 clearance process.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

When all of the outlined requirements are fulfilled, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” allowing you to verify with the Union that the Performers and Background Actors you’ve hired for your project are in good standing and can work.  This is referred to as the Station 12 clearance process.

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PRODUCTION
Step 7

During production, complete and submit to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative Performer Contracts for Television Motion Pictures and, for each day of production, Production Time Report Forms (Exhibit G).

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PRODUCTION
Step 7

During production, complete and submit to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative Performer Contracts for Television Motion Pictures and, for each day of production, Production Time Report Forms (Exhibit G).

 

 

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

When all of the outlined requirements are fulfilled, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” allowing you to verify with the Union that the Performers and Background Actors you’ve hired for your project are in good standing and can work.  This is referred to as the Station 12 clearance process.

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PRODUCTION
Step 8

Working With Non-Union Members

 

If you are hiring a principal performer or background actor who is not yet a SAG-AFTRA member, you should submit the applicable Taft-Hartley Report to your Business Representative, along with a head shot and resume.

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PRODUCTION
Step 8

Working With Non-Union Members

 

If you are hiring a principal performer or background actor who is not yet a SAG-AFTRA member, you should submit the applicable Taft-Hartley Report to your Business Representative, along with a head shot and resume.

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PRODUCTION
Step 8

During production, complete and submit to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative Performer Contracts for Television Motion Pictures and, for each day of production, Production Time Report Forms (Exhibit G).

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PRODUCTION
Step 9

Working With Non-Union Members

 

If you are hiring a principal performer or background actor who is not yet a SAG-AFTRA member, you should submit the applicable Taft-Hartley Report to your Business Representative, along with a head shot and resume.

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 9

After production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 9

After production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms

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PRODUCTION
Step 10

After production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms

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And that’s it!
Step 10

If you have any questions throughout any of the signatory process, please contact a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative at the number listed below.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA!

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And that’s it!
Step 10

If you have any questions throughout any of the signatory process, please contact a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative at the number listed below.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA!

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And that’s it!
Step 11

If you have any questions throughout any of the signatory process, please contact a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative at the number listed below.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA!

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This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This memorandum details modifications to the existing Basic Agreement and Television Agreement.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This is the master agreement for television productions, and spells out the responsibilities of producers working in that medium.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement
This is the master agreement for television productions, and spells out the responsibilities of producers working in that medium.
Informational / Guide PDF
Agreement

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