SAG-AFTRA Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract With Netflix – Deadline

Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted resoundingly to ratify a brand new contract with Netflix. According to the guild, the vote was 89.03% in favor of ratification, though it didn’t launch the precise vote depend or what number of of its 171,000+ members voted.

“The gains we achieved in this contract are historic,” stated Fran Drescher, the guild’s president. “A convergence of opportunities to leverage presented themselves. Now was the time to strike while the iron was hot or forever be chasing contract reconstruction always outside our grasp. The advances in reducing exclusivity are seminal. The journeyman actor now has the freedom to work multiple jobs and make a living with less restrictions. Our negotiating committee, staff, board and member body all came together in perfect harmony. We now enter into a new chapter that levels the playing field, giving actors the respect and dignity they so rightfully deserve.”

“SAG-AFTRA has capitalized on Netflix’s willingness to negotiate for innovative change to achieve groundbreaking improvements for members ranging from background performers to series regulars,” stated SAG-AFTRA nationwide government director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. “Real gains will better the lives of many SAG-AFTRA members, including new union jobs for background performers and Spanish language dubbing performers; new residuals for stunt coordinators; and huge improvements to options and exclusivity for series regulars.”

One of the foremost achievements of the brand new settlement is an enchancment in choices and exclusivity provisions contained in performers’ personal service agreements – phrases that may maintain TV sequence regulars off the market and unable to work for unreasonably lengthy durations of time. The new contract creates a “conflict-free window” of no less than three months throughout every season through which performers can settle for a permitted look on one other present or community with out first confirming availability and potential scheduling with Netflix.

Earlier this month, the guild reached an analogous settlement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP). SAG-AFTRA leaders had been making an attempt for greater than a decade to get the trade to restrict these provisions, however say the businesses solely agreed to reign within the longstanding observe underneath menace of a invoice headed for almost-certain passage within the California legislature that might have compelled them to take action. That invoice is now anticipated to be withdrawn.

Other beneficial properties within the new Netflix settlement, which had been overwhelmingly authorised by the guild’s nationwide board, embody the institution of Juneteenth as a brand new contractual vacation; a brand new background protection zone in Albuquerque, New Mexico, overlaying all stand-ins and the primary 10 background actors, and and for the primary time underneath any settlement, residuals for stunt coordinators for continued exhibition of their high-budget streaming packages on Netflix utilizing the day performer minimal as the premise for the residual calculation. The Netflix Dubbing Agreement has additionally been expanded to incorporate dubbing into Spanish. The phrases for Spanish-language dubbing will now match the phrases that apply to English dubbing.

Netflix and SAG-AFTRA additionally agreed that the company will be a part of the multiemployer bargaining unit represented by the AMPTP, and that future agreements with Netflix will probably be executed concurrently with AMPTP negotiations. This is just the second contract the guild has reached instantly with Netflix. SAG-AFTRA signed its first general deal instantly with Netflix three years in the past. Before that, Netflix handled the guild on a production-by-production foundation. The new contract settlement applies to scripted, dramatic episodic and feature-length productions made by Netflix Studios, LLC.

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