SAG-AFTRA is reportedly restricting green-lighted projects that can move further during the strike. The Screen Actors Guild according to recent reports will no longer offer interim agreements on said projects that are covered by Writers Guild of America contracts during the ongoing strikes.
SAG-AFTRA Restricting Green-Lighted Projects
In a movement and act of solidarity with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) on its own end will no longer grant permission to independent projects that fall under WGA contracts to continue production during the said ongoing strike. SAG-AFTRA On July 14th announced through a statement on its website that going forward; projects that are covered by the WGA will now be excluded from its Interim Agreement policy which enables approved independent productions with no direct connection to the actors union to continue with filming.
The Decision Was Made Following Several Meetings with the WGA
And according to the statement, the decision itself was made following several meetings with the WGA along with the “recommendation of our NED & chief negotiator” Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. “We have been advised by the WGA that this modification will assist them in executing their strike strategy, and we believe it does not undermine the utility and effectiveness of ours,” the guild stated. “It is a win-win change.”
The SAG-AFTRA Statement Regarding the New Development
“This means that, going forward, for productions taking place in the USA, SAG-AFTRA will only grant Interim Agreements for non-WGA-covered projects,” the SAG-AFTRA statement continues. “And our staff will continue to investigate each application for an Interim Agreement to ensure only true independent productions are included.”
Projects That Have Been Granted Permission to Continue Filming
More than 200 movies, as well as TV series (PDF), have been granted permission to continue filming under interim agreements ever since the strike kicked off on July 14th. The SAG-AFTRA following criticism regarding the high number of projects being approved, explained that the interim contracts do not conflict with the strike just because these productions already follow through with the labor terms the union is pushing for, and are not associated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers directly.
Approved contracts however will remain in effect, and as per Deadline, only 15-20 percent of independent feature films that are covered by SAG-AFTRA also are covered by the WGA in question.
What the SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee Has To Say About the New Development
“We created the Interim Agreements for several reasons, all of which are aimed at protecting the interests of our members and members of sister unions, so that journeymen performers and crew may continue to work and pay their bills while demonstrating to the AMPTP that independent producers are eager to work with our members under these terms,” the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee in its statement stated. “The strike action is evolving each day. We are adapting in real-time to continue protecting our members while collaborating with our sister unions in fighting for our common cause.”
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