(Following from SAG AFTRA Website)
Do Not Work Notice: Sins
Please be advised that Unfiltered Dreams Productions, the producer of the new media series Sins, has not completed the signatory process with SAG-AFTRA and, as such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services for this production until further notice. Please note that accepting employment on Sins may be considered a violation of Global Rule One.
Members with questions may contact Manager, Television Contracts Caroline Coderoni at Caroline.Coderoni@sagaftra.org.
Do Not Work Notice for Multiple TruTV Network Series
This is to advise all members that SAG-AFTRA has issued a “no-contract, no-work” order for the following cable series appearing on the “Late Night Snack” timeblock on TruTV Network:
Don’t be That Guy Benjamin the Cat Send it Back Found Footage Films
The production companies for these series have not yet executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear as a guest on these series. Violating this order may be considered a violation of Global Rule One and result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
Members with questions may contact Director, Television Contracts David Besbris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 634-8116.
**Updated Aug. 22, 2016: SAG-AFTRA has removed Manthem from the do not work list of TruTV shows. The producer Mad Pictures, Inc. has signed a contract with SAG-AFTRA. All programs under the title “Austin Martinez Comedy for Late Night Snack’ are now covered by a union agreement and our members may accept employment with that producer on those programs.
Do Not Work Order for GAP Digital
Please read the following important notice regarding GAP Digital in Wheaton, IL:
SAG-AFTRA has been actively engaged in organizing in the area of audiobooks for the last several years. In fact the union has organized more than 30 audiobook producers and publishers since 2008, including the largest of the independent audiobook publishers across the country.
GAP Digital approached SAG-AFTRA to bargain an audiobook agreement, but negotiations broke down when GAP declared that it only wanted the collective bargaining agreement to apply in limited circumstances. The company negotiator, in a written communication to SAG-AFTRA Audiobook staff, stated there was “zero upside” to a contract with SAG-AFTRA that applied to all of their audiobook productions.
The company responded to advisories that SAG-AFTRA staff would have no choice but to seek a “no contract, no work” order against GAP Digital with a refusal to engage in further dialogue.
As such, with the unanimous support of the SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Steering Committee, and in consultation with professional narrators across the country, the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors has voted unanimously to issue a “no contract, no work” order against GAP Digital.
Therefore SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work as an audiobook narrator for GAP Digital until such time as GAP becomes signatory to a SAG-AFTRA agreement, and that violation of such order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.
Actors’ Equity Association is also being asked to support SAG-AFTRA in this effort by advising its members not to accept work as audiobook narrators for GAP Digital in accordance with Article X(1)(f)(1) of the Bylaws of Actors’ Equity Association.
For questions about this notice, please contact Jane Love at email@example.com or Richard Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTORS EQUITY DO NOT WORK NOTICE: “THE OCTONAUTS”
Actors Equity has issued a “no work” order for the non-Equity touring production entitled The Octonauts by Jonathan Shank, Red Light Management. SAG-AFTRA Rule 9 prohibits SAG-AFTRA members from working on such productions. Thus, accepting employment on this play could lead to discipline. For more information, click here.
DO NOT WORK NOTICE: “THE SULTAN AND THE SAINT”
This is to advise all SAG-AFTRA members that Unity Productions Foundation, which is producing the one-hour documentary special for public television entitled “The Sultan and the Saint”, which will be produced in Baltimore and other sites in Maryland, has refused to sign an agreement with SAG-AFTRA. This notice is to remind SAG-AFTRA members of their obligation to refuse employment in connection with this program. Accepting employment on “The Sultan and the Saint’ may be considered a violation of Global Rule One.
For more information, please call Director, Television Contracts David Besbris at (323) 634-8116.
Actors Equity Do Not Work Notice: “Madea on the Run”
Actors Equity has issued a “no work” order for the touring production entitled Madea on the Run by Tyler Perry Productions.
SAG-AFTRA Rule 9 prohibits SAG-AFTRA members from working on such productions. Thus, accepting employment on this play could lead to discipline.
For more information, contact David Besbris at email@example.com, (323) 634-8116 or click here.
SAG-AFTRA Do Not Work Notice for Commercials Produced by Nickelodeon
Please be advised that Nickelodeon is not signed to the AFTRA Television Commercials Contract or the AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract.
Although AFTRA has collective bargaining agreements with Nickelodeon covering other types of programs, members are prohibited from accepting employment for commercial services by Nickelodeon or by any other employer, unless that employer is signatory to the applicable AFTRA TV or Radio Commercials Contract.
Please be reminded that SAG-AFTRA members may not accept employment in commercials, whether for broadcast, cable or the Internet, unless the employer is signed to the AFTRA Television Commercials Contract or the AFTRA Radio Commercials Contract. (SAG-AFTRA members are also permitted to work under the SAG TV Commercials Contract.)
Franchised Talent Agents should check and verify the signatory status of an employer who seeks to engage their SAG-AFTRA member clients for services in a broadcast, cable or Internet commercial.
If you have questions about this notice, about the signatory status of an employer, or about whether a particular project is commercial in nature rather than a covered program or promo, please contact your nearest SAG-AFTRA local office.
Click here to see the list of SAG-AFTRA Locals.
SAG-AFTRA Do Not Work Notice in Effect for ‘TMZ’
Effective September 20, 2007, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are advised that TMZ Productions Inc., Harvey Levin Productions Inc., and paraMedia inc.-producers of the syndicated TV series “TMZ”-are not signed to an AFTRA contract covering this program.
SAG-AFTRA members may NOT accept employment, including recording in-show and/or promotional announcements, on “TMZ” until and unless a fair contract between AFTRA and the producers is achieved. If you are contacted for employment on “TMZ”, please contact David Besbris, Los Angeles Local Director of Television, 323.634.8116 (David.Besbris@sagaftra.org). All calls are confidential.
Hey this is America. Where everyone has a right to make their choices. But, if you chose to take advantage of all the benefits of our great union– then sneak off and seek non-union work behind your fellow union members backs you’ll get no award from this union member! Talk about Sins!!! Hey it’s enough to make one keel over! Ah…stay tuned!
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog
*Photo selected by the Watchdog