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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Deal on Commercials Contracts

Tentative agreement will be submitted to the organization’s National Board for approval this month

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative new agreement regarding commercials contracts, the organization said Tuesday.

Though details of the agreement were not released, it was hailed as a “landmark deal” in Tuesday’s announcement. According to SAG-AFTRA, the tentative deal “introduces an innovative and flexible alternative compensation model that specifically addresses the realities of the modern advertising business while preserving and enhancing opportunities for actors to have a professional career.”

“In addition to the benefits of the new model, SAG-AFTRA members working in commercials also will see across-the-board wage increases for all categories of work; increases to the benefit plans; coverage of stunt coordinators; outsized gains to group dancers; protections against workplace sexual harassment; and streamlined processes for commercial agents representing SAG-AFTRA members,” the organization added.

The tentative agreement will be submitted to SAG-AFTRA’s National Board for approval at a meeting taking place April 13-14.

“This agreement represents a real step forward for actors in this space. It modernizes the commercials contracts making them more relevant to the industry now and into the future. It is a monumental advancement in growing our jurisdiction. We are proud to have helped create this important benchmark that clearly speaks to the needs of the membership and the evolution of our industry,” SAG-AFTRA President and Negotiating Committee Chair Gabrielle Carteris said. “I also want to congratulate the members of the negotiating committee for their foresight, hard work and diligence. I particularly wish to recognize Chief Negotiator David White and Chief Contracts Officer Ray Rodriguez for their ferocious advocacy on behalf of SAG-AFTRA members.”