SAG/AFTRA Corporate/Educational Contract to Go to Members

The three-year pact features small increases in minimums and P&H, as well as first-time new media provisions.

One of the lesser-known SAG/AFTRA contracts, at least in Hollywood, is the agreement covering work done for corporations and educational institutions. That pact, which was to expire April 30, is negotiated with industry representatives and has been renewed through April 30, 2014, as The Hollywood Reporter previously reported.

On Sundy, SAG’s national board recommended member ratification of the new pact. An AFTRA committee recommended likewise earlier in the week. Ballots will be mailed to SAG and AFTRA members May 9 and are due back no later than 5 p.m. (PST) on June 8, 2011.

The new agreement includes a 4.04% overall increase in minimum compensation during the term of the agreement, with a 2% increase effective on May 1, 2011, and another 2% increase effective on Nov. 1 2012, 18 months into the term of the contract. That pencils out to an increase of about 1.33% per year, which contrasts with the 2% year increase in the agreement reached last fall with the AMPTP.

The agreement also features a 0.2% increase in employer pension and health contributions, which raises the total employer contribution from 15.3% to 15.5%.

In addition, the contract now includes new media provisions. Details of those provisions were not released.

The contract covers performers rendering on-camera and voiceover services in sales programs, educational and training videos, informational and promotional messages seen in stores and video included in certain consumer products, and other projects that are exhibited outside of the traditional broadcast arena. AFTRA’s version of the contract also covers audio-only content, such as telephone messages and sound included in consumer products.

The SAG and AFTRA versions of the contract have also been renamed as the Producers-SAG 2011 Codified Corporate/Educational Contract and the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Corporate/Educational Recorded Material. The contracts were previously known as the SAG Industrial and Educational Contract and the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Non Broadcast/Industrial/Educational Recorded Material.