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Commercials
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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
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Short Film Agreement
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The Short Film Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $50,000 and a total run time of under 35 minutes.

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Music Video Agreement
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The Music Video Agreement defines a music video as an audiovisual product that contains as its underlying audio track a sound recording produced under the SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, and a visual element of the type traditionally produced for exhibition on cable television or made available for digital distribution via Internet streaming and/or download.

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Student Film Agreement
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The Student Film Agreement applies to all student films.

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Sound Recordings
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The SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code covers sound recordings on digital, CDs, vinyl, etc., and includes all music formats as well as audiobooks, cast albums, and any other sound recording utilizing vocal performance. The Code not only covers singers, but announcers, actors, comedians, narrators, and sound effects artists as well.

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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

BASIC CABLE

Live Action

TELEVISION

Animation

BASIC CABLE

Animation

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Theatrical
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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:

 

THEATRICAL

 

MODIFIED LOW BUDGET

 

SHORT FILM*

 

LOW BUDGET ULTRA LOW BUDGET* STUDENT FILM*

 

*These producers can also

Sign Online
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Sound Recordings
Step 1

The Code applies to artists who work at scale and overscale, and who appear as both royalty and non-royalty artists. In addition, some artists may be royalty artists for their own recordings, but qualify as non-royalty artists when they appear on other artists’ recordings.

 

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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
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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Who’s Covered?
Step 1

• All performers engaged in a music video are covered by the agreement, including actors, announcers, dancers, models, narrators, singers and stunt performers.

 

• Choreographers and assistant choreographers are covered for purposes of health and retirement contributions only.

 

• This agreement does not include background performers or instrumental musicians.

 

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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).

 

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet.

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LOW BUDGET
Step 1

The Low Budget Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $2,500,000.

Click the NEXT button for a signatory tutorial.

 

Casting Incentives

SAG-AFTRA offers two casting incentives to Modified Low Budget filmmakers that may increase the total production cost maximum.

  • Diversity-in-Casting Incentive
  • Background Performer Incentive
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ULTRA LOW BUDGET
Step 1

The Ultra Low Budget Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $250,000.

 

Click the NEXT button for a signatory tutorial.

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NEW MEDIA
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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MODIFIED LOW BUDGET
Step 1

The Modified Low Budget Agreement applies to those films with a total budget of less than $700,000.

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THEATRICAL
Step 1

The Theatrical Agreement applies to those films-that are shooting outside of the United States-with a total budget greater than $2,500,000.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

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 for Ultra Low Budget Agreements.

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Sound Recordings
Step 2

 The Sound Recordings Code has been in existence since the early 1950s.Today, more than 600 companies are signed to it, including the three major labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and most of their subsidiary labels.

No
PRE-PRODUCTION
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
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

Prior to auditions, prior to casting, prior to production, to use a SAG-AFTRA member in a music video, a SAG-AFTRA signatory must be attached to the project. The signatory is generally the owner of the material being produced and will remain financially responsible for any future obligations under the Music Video Agreement. 

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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.

Envelope
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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

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

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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MODIFIED LOW BUDGET
Step 2

Casting Incentives

 

SAG-AFTRA offers two casting incentives to Modified Low Budget filmmakers that may increase the total production cost maximum.

 

•    Diversity-in-Casting Incentive
•    Background Performer Incentive

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 2

These 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.

 

Email the completed form to signyourfilm@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)    Theatrical Information Sheet
2)    Theatrical Distribution Checklist
3)    SAG-AFTRA Agreement for Independent Producers of Theatrical motion Pictures
4)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan Adherence Letter
5)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

Email the completed form to signyourpicture@sagaftra.org.

 

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

 

Envelope
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PRE-PRODUCTION
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.

Envelope
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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
Step 3

If a record label is currently a signatory to the SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code, they are also signed to the Music Video Agreement.

 

If the record label is not a signatory to the SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code and you would like to apply to become a signatory on a One Production Only (OPO) basis, complete the Music Video Information Sheet.

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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
Step 3

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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Prior to Session
Step 3

Prior to hiring SAG-AFTRA members, there must be a SAG-AFTRA signatory attached to the project. The signatory is generally the owner of the material being produced and will remain financially responsible for any future obligations under the Sound Recordings Code. 

 

If the company is currently signed to the Sound Recordings Code, please note that all vocal sessions are covered under this agreement. If you aren’t sure if the company is signatory, please call the Sound Recordings Department at (323) 634-8150 to verify.

 

If you would like to apply to become a signatory, complete the Sound Recordings Information Sheet.

 

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

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).

 

Email the completed form to signyourpicture@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 documents from your packet:
1)    Company Authorization Letter form
2)    Theatrical Information Sheet
3)    Theatrical Distribution Checklist
4)    SAG-AFTRA Agreement for Independent Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
5)    Low Budget Agreement
6)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension and Health Adherence Letters
7)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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).

Envelope
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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 3

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 4

Start by completing the Preliminary Information Sheet for Modified Low Budget Agreements.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 4

Required Documents (cont.)

 

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

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution. Click to download.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution. Click to download.
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.

Yes
PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 4

Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following documents from your packet:
1)    Company Authorization Letter form
2)    Theatrical Information Sheet
3)    SAG-AFTRA Agreement for Independent Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
4)    Ultra Low Budget Agreement
5)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension and Health Adherence Letters

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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
Step 4

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 4

The Information Sheet will be reviewed and you will be contacted by a SAG-AFTRA business representative.. If approved, we will provide you with the Music Video Agreement to sign. Please note the Music Video Agreement is a one-production only agreement and must be signed per project. 

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 4

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
Step 4

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.

Yes
Prior to Session
Step 4

The Information Sheet will be reviewed and you will be contacted by a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative. If approved, we will provide you with the Letter of Adherence (LOA) to sign.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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
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
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.

 

No
PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 5

Email the completed form to signyourpicture@sagaftra.org.

 

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

Envelope
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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

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

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution. Click to download.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution. Click to download.
Partnership or Joint Venture – Provide your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable) and Partnership Agreement (if applicable).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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.

Yes
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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PRODUCTION
Step 5

Be sure to collect each performer’s W-4 and complete the Production Report so payment can be made in a timely manner to avoid late fees. 

Yes
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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During the Session
Step 5

Keep track of overdubs and hours, as performers are paid per side (overdub) or per hour, depending on whichever is greater. 

Be sure to collect each performer’s W-4 and I-9 forms and Session Report and provide those to your payroll company to ensure payment is made on time to avoid late fees being assessed.

 

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Pre-Production Cast List
Step 5

Required Documents (cont.)
Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the actors:

 

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution.
Partnership or Joint Venture – Provide your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable) and Partnership Agreement (if applicable).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
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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After the Session
Step 6

Payments must be made within 21 calendar days. Please send all talent checks (issued to each performer with proper tax deductions) as well as the health and retirement payment (issued to the AFTRA Retirement Fund) directly to the local office nearest where the work was performed.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

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

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List; if you intend to use the Diversity-in-Casting Incentive, use the Pre-Production Cast List Diversity form.
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days
4)    Line Item Budget

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

Required Documents

 

Complete and return the following documents from your packet:
1)    Company Authorization Letter form
2)    Theatrical Information Sheet
3)    Theatrical Distribution Checklist
4)    SAG-AFTRA Agreement for Independent Producers of Theatrical Motion Pictures
5)    Modified Low Budget Agreement
6)    SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension and Health Adherence Letters
7)    Television/Theatrical Production Checklist

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

We also need to review any agreements you have that affect the ownership of the film and its story.  These are called Chain of Title documents.  Chain of Title documents usually include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

•    A copy of Form PA or eCO (relating to the screenplay) and proof of its registration with the US Copyright Office (USCO)
•    All assignment agreements relating to the film and the underlying rights, including proof of filing each with USCO (For example, certificate(s) of authorship, “work made for hire” agreements, and copyright assignments); and
•    Copies of all distribution, license, and/or sales agency agreements pertaining to the right to distribute the Picture in all media and territories worldwide.

Yes
PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 6

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

 

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

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PRODUCTION
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
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
Step 6

Payments must be made to performers within 30 calendar days. The pension and health payment, along with a copy of the Production Report, must be mailed to the L.A. Sound Recordings Dept. 

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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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New Media Monthly Workshop
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

Yes
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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And that’s it!
Step 7

If you have questions throughout any of the signatory process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative at (323) 634-8150.

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

 

No
PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

We also need to review any agreements you have that affect the ownership of the film and its story.  These are called Chain of Title documents.  Chain of Title documents usually include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    A copy of Form PA or ECO (relating to the screenplay) and proof of its registration with the US Copyright Office (USCO)
•    Agreements for all assignments relating to the film and the underlying rights, including proof of filing each with USCO (For example, certificate(s) of authorship, “work made for hire” agreements, and copyright assignments); and
•    Copies of all distribution, license, and/or sales agency agreements pertaining to the right to distribute the Picture in all media and territories worldwide.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

Required Documents (cont.)
Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the actors:

Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and completed Corporation Resolution. Click to download.
Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement and completed LLC Resolution. Click to download.
Partnership or Joint Venture – Provide your Fictitious Business Name Statement (if applicable) and Partnership Agreement (if applicable).

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know what financial assurances are needed. Financial assurances usually include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

1)    Security Deposit (in the form of a cashier’s check or wire transfer) and related Security Deposit Letter and W-9 form.
2)    Security Agreement
3)    Assumption Agreement(s)
4)    Intercreditor Agreement(s), if applicable
5)    And all other financial assurances that may be required, including, but not limited to, a Collection Agreement, Guaranty Agreement, and/or a Residuals Reserve and corresponding Custody Agreement.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 7

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know the amount of the security deposit, which you must deliver to the union as follows:
1)    Security Deposit (cashier’s check or wire transfer)
2)    Security Deposit letter
3)    W-9 form
Complete the fillable areas completely.

When all of these requirements are fulfilled, your Business Representative will give your production “clearance,” which will allow the performers you have cast to begin work.

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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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POST-PRODUCTION
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!
Step 7

If you have questions throughout any of the signatory process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative at (323) 634-8150.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

 

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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 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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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 8

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know what financial assurances are needed. Financial assurances usually include, but are not limited to, the following:
1)    Security Deposit (in the form of a cashier’s check or wire transfer) and related Security Deposit Letter and W-9 form.
2)    Security Agreement
3)    Assumption Agreement(s)
4)    Intercreditor Agreement(s), if applicable
5)    And all other financial assurances that may be required, including, but not limited to, a Collection Agreement, Guaranty Agreement, and/or a Residuals Reserve and corresponding Custody Agreement.

Yes
PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 8

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

 

1)    Complete Pre-Production Cast List; if you intend to use the Diversity-in-Casting Incentive, use the Pre-Production Cast List Diversity form.
2)    A copy of the shooting script
3)    Day Out of Days
4)    Line Item Budget

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 8

When all of these 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 Cast clearance process.

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PRODUCTION
Step 8

Required Documents
During production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:
1)    Delivery of each week’s payroll checks to the Union: Itemized checks made payable to each performer must be delivered to your Business Representative no later than the Thursday following each payroll week.
2)    Delivery of each week’s total Pension and Health contributions: In addition to the payroll checks, you must deliver a check made payable to the SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan in the amount of the total Pension and Health contributions for the previous week’s payroll, accompanied by a completed Pension and Health Plans Theatrical Weekly Report of Contributions

Yes
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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And that’s it!
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.

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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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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 9

When all of these 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 Cast clearance process.

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 9

We also need to review any agreements you have that affect the ownership of the film and its story.  These are called Chain of Title documents.  Chain of Title documents usually include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    A copy of Form PA or eCO (relating to the screenplay) and proof of its registration with the US Copyright Office (USCO)
•    All assignment agreements relating to the film and the underlying rights, including proof of filing each with USCO (For example, certificate(s) of authorship, “work made for hire” agreements, and copyright assignments); and
•    Copies of all distribution, license, and/or sales agency agreements pertaining to the right to distribute the Picture in all media and territories worldwide.

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PRODUCTION
Step 9

During production, you will need to complete and submit SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts and Production Time Report Forms (Exhibit G) to your SAG-AFTRA Representative.

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PRODUCTION
Step 9

Required Documents (cont’d)
3)    SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts for Ultra Low Budget Theatrical Motion Pictures
4)    Complete a Production Time Report Form (Exhibit G) for each day of production. 

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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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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!

Business Rep
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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!

Business Rep
Yes
PRODUCTION
Step 10

Required Documents

 

During production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:
1)    Delivery of each week’s payroll checks to the Union: Itemized checks made payable to each performer must be delivered to your Business Representative no later than the Thursday following each payroll week.
2)    Delivery of each week’s total Pension and Health contributions: In addition to the payroll checks, you must deliver a check made payable to the SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan in the amount of the total Pension and Health contributions for the previous week’s payroll, accompanied by a completed Pension and Health Plans Theatrical Weekly Report of Contributions

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 10

Once we’ve received and reviewed all of the applicable documents, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you and let you know what financial assurances are needed. Financial assurances usually include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

1)    Security Deposit (in the form of a cashier’s check or wire transfer) and related Security Deposit Letter and W-9 form.
2)    Security Agreement
3)    Assumption Agreement(s)

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PRODUCTION
Step 10

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 10

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

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Detailed Final Cost Report

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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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PRODUCTION
Step 11

Required Documents (cont’d)

 

3)    SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts for Low Budget Theatrical Motion Pictures
4)    Complete a Production Time Report Form (Exhibit G) for each day of production. 

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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 11

4)    Intercreditor Agreement(s), if applicable
5)    And all other financial assurances that may be required, including, but not limited to, a Collection Agreement, Guaranty Agreement, and/or a Residuals Reserve and corresponding Custody Agreement.

 

Complete the fillable areas completely (it is important that you do not leave any areas blank).

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POST-PRODUCTION
Step 11

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 11

And that’s it!

 

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

Business Rep
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No
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!

Business Rep
No
Working With Non-SAG-AFTRA Members
Step 12

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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PRE-PRODUCTION
Step 12

When all of these 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 Cast clearance process.

Business Rep
Yes
And that’s it!
Step 12

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!

Business Rep
No
POST-PRODUCTION
Step 13

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

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms
3)    Detailed Final Cost Report

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PRODUCTION
Step 13

Required Documents
During production, complete and submit the following to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative:
1)    Delivery of each week’s payroll checks to the Union: Itemized checks made payable to each performer must be delivered to your Business Representative no later than the Thursday following each payroll week.
2)    Delivery of each week’s total Pension and Health contributions: In addition to the payroll checks, you must deliver a check made payable to the SAG-AFTRA-Producers Pension Plan in the amount of the total Pension and Health contributions for the previous week’s payroll, accompanied by a completed Pension and Health Plans Theatrical Weekly Report of Contributions

Business Rep
No
And that’s it!
Step 14

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

Business Rep
No
PRODUCTION
Step 14

Required Documents (cont’d)

 

3)    SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts for Modified Low Budget Theatrical Motion Pictures
4)    Complete a Production Time Report Form (Exhibit G) for each day of production. 

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PRODUCTION
Step 15

Working With Non-SAG-AFTRA 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.

Business Rep
Yes
POST-PRODUCTION
Step 16

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

 

1)    Final Cast List
2)    Casting Data Report Forms
3)    Detailed Final Cost Report

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No
And that’s it!
Step 16

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.

 

Thank you for working with SAG-AFTRA.

Business Rep
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Rate Sheet - Theatrical SAG-AFTRA
Informational / Guide PDF
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Rate Sheet - Theatrical SAG-AFTRA
Informational / Guide PDF
Rate sheet
Informational / Guide PDF
Rate sheet
Informational / Guide PDF
Rate sheet
Rate sheet for the 2015 SAG-AFTRA Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract
Informational / Guide PDF
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The list of rates per the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract.
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This is a one page summary of the rates and basic terms of the low budget theatrical agreements.
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