October/November 2014 – ADDENDUM
November 11, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: The SAG schedule breaks for television outlined in our recent Payroll Newsletter do not go into effect until July 1, 2015.

For more detailed information, read SAG-AFTRA’s 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts Referendum Booklet.

SAG Contract Changes

You may have heard about new changes to the 2014 SAG-AFTRA agreement – perhaps the most significant of which essentially merges Exhibit A and The CW Supplement of the 2011 AFTRA Network Code with the 2011 SAG Television Agreement. Contributions will be remitted to either AFTRA or SAG depending on the product length and broadcast type.

For example:

1 hour network scripted series (where the pilot was produced after 10/24/2014) will have fringes remitted to SAG, whereas 1/2 hour network scripted series will remit benefits to AFTRA. For Basic Cable, 1 hour scripted series (where the pilot was produced after 10/24/2014) will have fringes remitted to AFTRA, whereas 1/2 hour scripted series on Basic Cable will have fringes remitted to SAG. NOTE: Legacy programs will continue to make contributions in the same manner as they have been doing.

The AFTRA Network Code is the exclusive agreement covering live programs (other than live network prime time dramatic programs), non-dramatic programs, and daytime serials.

Another significant change is for High Budget Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) (e.g., Netflix, Hulu) that commence principal photography on or after October 1, 2014. Rates will be the applicable rates under the Television Agreement; however, three budget tiers have been established and tiers 2 and 3 may credit 35% of applicable minimum for series or term contract performers against any other compensation due.

Finally, effective July 1, 2015 , the schedule breaks for Television Schedules B and C have increased from $4,800 per week to $5,000 per week.

Please note that although the schedule breaks define whether or not a SAG player is a Schedule B or C player – $6,000 for theatrical and $5,000 for television – the overtime rate for Schedule C players is still based on either $5,500 (theatrical) or $4,400 (television).

For more information, visit www.sagaftra.org.

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