Interactive

Interactive (Video Game) Media Agreement

  • The Interactive Media Agreement covers interactive or video game programs where the viewer or user can manipulate, affect, or otherwise alter, on a real time basis, the sequence or presentation of the program. 

Who’s covered?

  • All performers engaged in an interactive program or video game are covered by the agreement, including, off-camera (voiceover) performers, on-camera (motion capture, stunt) performers, stunt coordinators, singers, dancers, puppeteers, and background performers. 

Pre-Production

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

    Step 1

    The producer, developer, or audio house must submit a Preliminary Information Sheet to notify SAG-AFTRA of the upcoming project.
    Within two business days, a SAG-AFTRA representative will forward you additional information and documentation.

    Step 2

    • Complete and return the following documents:
    • Company Structure Documents (if company is the signatory)
    • Corporation – Provide your Articles of Incorporation and executed Bylaws.
    • Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) – Provide your Articles of Organization and executed Operating Agreement.
    • DBA - Fictitious Business Name Statement with Clerk’s stamp
    • Government issued ID (if individual is the signatory)
    • Company authorization letter
    • Interactive Media Agreement Letter of Adherence
    • Health and Retirement Letter of Adherence

    Step 3

    When all of these requirements are fulfilled, your SAG-AFTRA Business Representative will give your production “clearance” and will email you production paperwork. You can then 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.
     

Production

  • Step 4

    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.

    Step 5

    During production, complete and submit the following to interactive@sagaftra.org:

    Delivery of each week’s payroll checks to the performers: Itemized checks made payable to each performer must be delivered within 12 business days after services have been rendered. (Please note, SAG-AFTRA strongly encourages production to engage an entertainment payroll house to process performers’ payroll.)

    Delivery of each week’s total Health and Retirement contributions: In addition to the payroll checks, you must deliver a check made payable to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in the amount of the total Health and Retirement contributions for the previous week’s payroll, accompanied by a completed Health Plan Weekly Report of Contributions.

    SAG-AFTRA Performer Contracts

    Production Time Report Form (Exhibit G) for each day of production

Post-Production

And that’s it!

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

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