Talent representatives need to know which projects their clients can and can’t work during a strike and what is allowable on projects contracted before the strike was called. Here is a compilation of some frequently asked questions to help get you up to speed. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQS FOR TALENT REPRESENTATIVES
All work under the TV/Theatrical Agreements and related contracts is struck work. This includes contracts that incorporate the CBA like:
Ultra Low Budget Project Agreement (UPA)
Moderate Low Budget Project Agreement (MPA)
Low Budget Theatrical Agreement (LBA)
Special New Media Agreements
Members may work for a UPA, MPA, LBA or Special New Media Agreement if the project qualifies for an Interim Agreement.
Please contact SAG-AFTRA’s Entertainment Contracts department if you would like to inquire about an Interim Agreement.
The lowest budget level TV/Theatrical/Streaming agreements will not be struck. These agreements include:
Short Project Agreement (SPA)
Micro Budget Agreement (Micro)
Student Film Agreement (Student)
Independent New Media Agreement (deferrable)
Members must not perform any covered work or services, such as promotion or publicity for a struck production. SAG-AFTRA rules prohibit members from crossing SAG-AFTRA picket lines or performing covered work for struck employers under any circumstances. To the extent prohibited under applicable law, SAG-AFTRA will not discipline members for purely non-covered work done in other non-performing capacities. To ensure compliance with this rule, members who are also employed in non-performing capacities should complete this FORM to consult with SAG-AFTRA in advance of performing any work on a struck production.
What work is being struck?
No. Clients may not accept new work from struck companies.
Can my clients accept new work from struck companies?
No. Clients may not audition or interview for struck companies.
Representatives (and performers) are urged not to set up meetings with the designee of any employer (e.g., casting directors) unless those meetings are for specific projects which are either (1) not under the strike order here or (2) signed to an interim agreement. Please note: setting up 'general' (a/k/a 'get to know you') meetings with casting may result in a violation of the strike order as those meetings may raise current or future work opportunities for struck employers. Representatives are urged not to set those meetings unless they are within the exceptions listed above.
Can my clients go on auditions for struck companies?
No. There should be no deal negotiations after a strike begins. If negotiations began prior to the strike, they must be stopped once the strike begins.
Can I negotiate contracts for my clients to start a project AFTER a strike is resolved?
No. Clients cannot take meetings during a strike. Representatives (and performers) are urged not to set up meetings with the designee of any employer (e.g., casting directors) unless those meetings are for specific projects which are either (1) not under the strike order (that list is here: https://www.sagaftra.org/files/sa_documents/Strike_Can_Work.pdf) or (2) signed to an interim agreement (that list is here: https://www.sagaftrastrike.org/interim-agreement). Please note: setting up 'general' (a/k/a 'get to know you') meetings with casting may result in a violation of the strike order as those meetings may raise current or future work opportunities for struck employers. Representatives are urged not to set those meetings unless they are within the exceptions listed above.
Can my clients take meetings about future projects?
Members may work under a number of SAG-AFTRA contracts, including:
Television and Radio Commercials
Television Programs Covered by the Network Code
Sound Recordings and Music Videos
Corporate/Educational & Non Broadcast (formerly “Industrial”) Programs
Station Contracts and Broadcast News
Short Project Agreement (SPA)
Micro Budget Agreement
Student Film Agreement
Additionally, performance of audio description work is only struck when completed under the TV/Theatrical Contracts, and is not struck in other circumstances, including when the work is completed under any of the above-listed agreements.
A complete list of non-struck work was provided in the Notice to Members Regarding Non-Struck Work. If you are uncertain about whether or not a client can accept or continue working on a project, please fill out this FORM.
What kind of work CAN my clients accept?
No. Neither you nor your client can participate in promotional activities for struck work or struck companies, including appearances, “FYC” events, press junkets, press interviews, podcast interviews and posting on social media.
Can my clients promote projects they’ve worked on? Can I promote their work for them?
Submissions for award show categories, by themselves, are not considered promotional under the strike order. This means you can submit yourself for such awards and/or consent to studios or producers submitting your performances for such awards. You may not, however, participate in For Your Consideration events or any other promotional activities that discuss, tag, reference, or feature struck content. You may publicize the award show and the fact that you have been nominated, or submitted for nomination, for an award, so long as you do not tag, reference, discuss, or feature the struck content as part of the publication. As a reminder, projects covered by a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement are not struck content.
How should we handle award show submissions based on performances in struck content?
You may participate in the selection of clips and images used in connection with your submission for nomination only. You may not grant the studio any additional permission to use clips and/or images outside of the submission (such as at FYC events) beyond that which they may already have for struck content. As a reminder, projects covered by a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement are not struck content.
Can I participate in selection of the clip(s) and/or images used in connection with my submission?
Productions covered by our Interim Agreement are not struck! These are the films made by producers who were happy to accept all of our last demands rejected by the AMPTP. Our strike rules therefore do not apply to these productions. You can promote Interim Agreement projects, submit and accept awards for these projects, and attend FYC and any other promotional events related to these projects.
How should we handle award shows for productions covered by a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement?
SAG-AFTRA will keep all members informed of picket and rally locations, and the information will also be posted to this website. We encourage all SAG-AFTRA members to show solidarity and join picket lines and rallies.
We also strongly encourage members to use their social media to support the strike. Graphics can be found in our Social Media Toolkit.
Those who are able are also encouraged to donate to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Financial Assistance/Disaster Relief Fund.
How can my clients support the strike?
Yes, on their own personal behalf. SAG-AFTRA will provide talking points for those who wish to make supportive statements to the press about the strike. Please make sure it is clear that your client is speaking about their personal opinions and experiences and not on behalf of the union.
Can my clients talk to the press about the strike?
The AMPTP companies must continue to pay residuals that are owed. SAG-AFTRA will continue to enforce residual obligations.
Will my client still get residuals during a strike?
No, a strike will not interrupt benefits. Health coverage will continue without interruption as long as your client has met the minimum requirements. If they have questions regarding their current benefits, they should contact:
SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Participant Services at (800) 777-4013 to discuss their specific eligibility scenario. For more information on coverage, please click HERE.
Will my clients' current health coverage be affected during a strike?
Members are expected to comply with the Strike Notice and Order. This is an essential duty all SAG-AFTRA members owe each other, and it is critical all members follow the Strike Order to make sure the strike is as effective (and short) as possible and our Negotiating Committee has the greatest leverage possible to win a fair agreement.
A member that breaks the Strike Notice and Order shall be subject to discipline consistent with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution. Possible discipline includes monetary fines and other consequences up to expulsion from SAG-AFTRA membership.
Any non-member seeking future membership in SAG-AFTRA who performs covered work or services for a struck company during the strike will not be admitted into membership in SAG-AFTRA.
What happens if a client crosses a picket line?
Will my clients continue to collect payments from the SAG Producers Pension Plan and/or the AFTRA Retirement Fund during a strike?