The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative agreement on the 2020 SAG-AFTRA TV animation contracts.
The agreements cover animated programs produced for television, including network television, basic cable and streaming platforms such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The previous TV animation agreement, which was originally set to expire on June 30, was extended until July 30. SAG-AFTRA held Wages and Working Conditions meetings via Zoom on July 15 and 16.
The new agreement, which will now go to the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee for approval, will apply retroactively to July 1 and extend through June 30, 2023. The deal builds off the recently-concluded live action agreements and incorporates the applicable gains of that agreement, including wage increases of 2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second year and 3% in the third year; a 1% increase in the contribution rate to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and optional wage diversions in years two and three that allow the union to shift 0.5% from the wage increase to the contribution rate for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan or the SAG Pension Plan/AFTRA Retirement Fund; a 26% improvement in residuals for high-budget animated programs made for subscription streaming services like Amazon and Hulu; and a further reduction of the budget threshold that triggers high-budget coverage for half-hour animated programs made for subscription streaming services from $550,000 to $500,000.
The agreement also incorporates the change to the broadcast syndication residual from a fixed residual to a revenue-based residual at 6% of distributor’s gross receipts. The new formula was the key concession that paid for the increase in streaming residuals.
“This is a future-focused deal that builds off our successful television and film contract negotiations and even breaks new ground in the application of scale minimums to animated programs made for subscription streaming services, a very important bread-and-butter issue for our members and a strategic breakthrough that is unique to this contract,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said.
For information, visit sagaftra.org.
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