SAG-AFTRA Approves TV/Theatrical Contracts

imgresMembers of SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts. New, three-year contracts were approved to cover theatrical, prime-time, and basic cable television production under the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement and the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement.

The new television contract establishes the first industry wide agreement covering performers in both prime-time television and basic cable productions. SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement in July on the deal that provides gains of $200 million in wages, an 8.5 percent wage increase compounding to 8.7 percent, advances in Subscription Video on Demand coverage, reduction of unpaid online streaming windows for most shows and an increased contribution rate percentage to our benefits plans and a mechanism to facilitate the merger of the health plans.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, “Once again, we have made history. With the approval of the first-ever SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement, we have reached yet another of the goals we set when we merged. I am thankful to all members who participated throughout this process and the dedicated staff of SAG-AFTRA who worked to insure our new contract would usher us into the next generation of entertainment and new media production.”

The agreement becomes effective retroactive to July 1, 2014 and will remain in force through June 30, 2017.

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