Quick Start Guide for Independent Producers
If you are planning to commence or resume production on a SAG-AFTRA covered project that requires any in person interaction between individuals, the union will be requiring materials related to your COVID-19 safety protocols. While this document doesn’t cover everything you need to know, this guide is intended to help you get started on the process.
Please complete and submit the following documents at least three weeks prior to your first day of shooting:
- Preliminary Information Form
- Pre-Production Cast List
- Budget (top sheet summary will suffice)
Also complete and submit documentation that indicates who is employing the performers:
- 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).
Once you have downloaded, completed and compiled these items, email all documents to: SignNMProjects@sagaftra.org
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.
If your production qualifies, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will provide you with all required signatory documents for you to sign and return.
Once all signatory documents and any required financial assurances have been received, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will contact you to let you know that your project is cleared and you may begin to clear your cast and start production.
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.
During production, you will need to complete and submit SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts and Production Time Report Forms (Exhibit G) to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.
After production, complete and submit the Final Cast List to your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative.
Also submit a Pension and Health Contribution Form along with the applicable payment for each performer and background actor to SAG-AFTRA Producers Pension Plan in Burbank, CA.
And that’s it!
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
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? Have a question not addressed in the FAQs? Give us a call at (323) 549-6446.
New Media Monthly Workshop
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