SAG fact-checks AFTRA deal

Described 'some problems' with the tentative pact

SAG continued its anti-AFTRA primetime/TV contract campaign Wednesday with a Town Hall meeting in Hollywood for its members to educate them about the new deal by their rival actors union.

The meeting followed SAG's 28th day of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

A fact sheet was handed out to members that tells of "some problems with AFTRA's tentative deal."

The rundown focused on many issues in new media, including allegations that AFTRA gave up "significant jurisdiction" in new media, gave up residuals for new media and is not protecting actors over the use of their clips in new media.

"AFTRA's tentative deal does not secure adequate residuals for television shows that stream over the Internet on an advertiser-supported platform," SAG said. "This is a huge problem for SAG members because the new-media platform could cannibalize some existing residuals models for both motion pictures and television when product moves to the Internet."

AFTRA, which brokered a tentative deal with the AMPTP on May 28, has defended its contract. Its national board voted Friday to send the new deal to its members for ratification. The results of that member vote are expected by July 9.

AFTRA refuted SAG's claims, saying their agreement "confirms the union's jurisdiction over programs made directly for new media and establishes a payment structure for the use of traditional programs reused in new media, building upon the patters of the DGA and WGA deals."

AFTRA also plans to hold open meetings with its members. The union did have two informational meetings in Los Angeles on its schedule, including one tonight in Eagle Rock, but due to logistical reasons, has had to postpone both, according to a spokeswoman. No new dates and times have been announced.
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