Under this specific theatrical convention, you can only hire SAG-AFTRA actors as lead actors, and the first 57 background actors recruited must also be unionized. If your production requires more than 57 background actors, the 58th recruitment and beyond should not be unionized and are therefore not covered by the terms of the theatre contract. If you are considering hiring a Principal Performer or background actor (and not having hired 57 other substantive actors) who are not yet members of SAG-AFTRA, you have 30 days after signing the contract to submit the Taft-Hartley report to your representative, with a headshot and CV, in order to grant union status and comply with the contractual rules. This agreement also requires that the remains be paid in accordance with subsequent guidelines and tariff calculations in accordance with the basic agreement, as soon as the residual requirements are met and payment is to begin. Today, almost a hundred years later, SAG-AFTRA is still committed to organizing all work under their jurisdictions, negotiating the best wages, working conditions, health and retirement services, creating employment opportunities, enforcing contracts and protecting SAG-AFTRA members from unauthorized use of their work. However, the work of the Union is not possible without the cooperation of the hereditary industry, which is not part of the union, in particular the studio and production factories. Through collective agreements and subsequent contracts, SAG-AFTRA can govern and protect those who work in a performance role in the entertainment industry. When a company becomes a signatory, it accepts the working conditions of professionals represented, protected and conservative under basic contracts. This implies that, unlike other contracts signed, the New Media Agreement does not require minimum compensation. Initial compensation is fully tradable under the SAG-AFTRA New Media agreement for productions that do not meet the high budget threshold.

Although there are no minimum requirements under the agreement, there are local, state and federal minimum wage laws that need to be monitored because they are still in place. The payment is due to the exporter no later than five working days after the working time. The SAG and Health Or AFTRA Health and Pension Contributions are due on the negotiated severing pay of 17%. Because of the size and influence of the union, most major media companies have a collective agreement with SAG-AFTRA through the Association of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP). These include studios, production companies, commercial production companies and even individual producers. Producers and companies that sign a contract or letter of contract with the EU in their area of competence are referred to as “signatories”. As part of this agreement, there are a multitude of incentives for casting. SAG-AFTRA offers a casting incentive for low-budget filmmakers who can increase the entire range of theatrical agreements, which would increase prices, and other payments that a low-budget film might not afford.

For more information on what is qualified for diversity, see Section 3 (a) of the Low Budget Agreement. All categories are subject to the existing basic agreement and the television broadcasting agreement. As part of the television agreement, actors and background actors are covered for their work on the shows that signed the SAG-AFTRA television agreement. As part of the television agreement, there is a required quota of 21 substantive actors, and for all non-union actors who are hired, and the 22nd and over productions of substantive actors should submit the corresponding report by Tft Hartley, accompanied by a headshot and a CV.