When a company becomes a signatory, it accepts the working conditions of professionals represented, protected and conservative under basic contracts. This includes: Under this specific theatrical convention, you can only hire SAG-AFTRA actors as lead actors and the first 57 committed actors must also be unionized. If your production requires more than 57 background actors, the 58th recruitment and beyond should not be unionized and are therefore not covered by the terms of the theatre contract. If you are considering hiring a Principal Performer or background actor (and not having hired 57 other substantive actors) who are not yet members of SAG-AFTRA, you have 30 days after signing the contract to submit the Taft-Hartley report to your representative, with a headshot and CV, in order to grant union status and comply with the contractual rules. The low-budget agreement applies to films shot entirely in the United States, with a total budget of less than $2,000,000, but more than $700,000 planned for the first theatrical release. The agreement must be executed by performers at least three weeks before any work. HOWEVER, SAG offers various agreements that allow manufacturers to buy essentially ”in bulk” depending on where the commercial is broadcast. 3. SAG New Media Council – The special agreement ”New Media” (w/ budgets over 50K) is now divided into categories A – D. A-C categories apply only to episodic content published on New Media platforms; Non-episodic projects would instead be covered by the SPA, UPA or MPA agreement, depending on the size of the budget. Category D New Media applies to both episodic and non-episodic content published on New Media platforms. The prices of the daily and weekly headliners under this agreement are set at 65% of the scale of the basic agreement. While the main players are usually paid well above the SAG minimum, the lowest you can pay under this agreement is the lowest: there are 6 types of theatrical agreements.
All are determined by the budget level: It is probably also your SAG agreement if you pull a wild spot. Unlike national or cable ads, wild ads are ads that appear in more than 20 specific cities. For new media projects under $250,000 (but more than $50,000), you expect to pay a minimum of $125 per day to performers. As with other low-budget agreements, there is only one de day player rate. Films made under the SAG agreement can be published at movie festivals or on free streaming sites such as YouTube, and depending on this agreement, you don`t need a movie release. SAG-AFTRA (”Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists”) is a trade union Representing more than 160,000 film and television artists, radio actors, video games, advertisers (on radio and television), news anchors, singers and recording artists (both royalty artists and background singers), performers in commercials and actors working as stuntmen and specialized acts. It is dedicated to protecting the interests of its members and improving wages, working hours and working conditions, and it does so through a series of contractual agreements (some of which are grouped above) applicable when one of its members participates in a production. As with most SAG agreements, the more time you set aside for the players, the less you have to pay for it per day. When an actor is paid a scale, this means that it is the minimum wage rate allowed by the production company`s agreement with SAG/AFTRA.
Sometimes we hear about an ”A list” film actor who works for Scale as a favor for a low-budget project, when they would normally receive hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars for their projects. In addition, scale rates include different stages of time and delivery, not just daily rates.