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Film Fridays – Netflix And SAG-AFTRA Sign Historic New Contract

Up until the last week, every Netflix production required signing a new contract with SAG-AFTRA, but now there will be one overall agreement for all live-action dramatic productions. This agreement covers foreign-language and animated pictures dubbed in English. The new deal will extend until June 30, 2022. 
“We are always looking to adapt and grow within the changing environment of our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “This groundbreaking agreement speaks to that. Netflix recognizes the value of working with SAG-AFTRA members, and the contributions we make in this global industry. I am gratified that this deal achieved longstanding member goals, in particular the recognition of performance capture work, and other important improvements that members want and deserve.”“We are pleased that we were able to work with SAG-AFTRA to address these issues unique to Netflix’s production needs,” added Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.The accomplishments of the contract include:• Minimum salary and turnaround provisions shall now be applicable to all Netflix programs regardless of whether they trigger the “high budget SVOD” thresholds, an important breakthrough for performers.• Netflix has recognized that performances recorded using performance capture technology is covered work with all the protections of any other type of performance, subject to a mutual reservation with respect to fully animated motion pictures.• Concessions in the area of consecutive employment for guest stars and day performers employed on episodic series.

• All Netflix dubbing for foreign language live-action and animated motion pictures dubbed into English in the United States to be done under a union agreement with improved terms.

• The agreement covers how to pay residuals for motion pictures that were produced under a SAG-AFTRA theatrical contract that are exhibited on Netflix.

• Stunt performers will no longer have adjustments considered in determining their eligibility for overtime for episodic productions.

• “Historic” new limitations on the ability to advance pay residuals.

– Excerpt from an article for Deadline by David Robb. Find the full article here. 



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