SAG Strikes Toon Agreement

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has successfully negotiated a 3% increase in minimum pay for animation voiceover talent as part of a proposed three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The tentative agreement also allows made-for-television animated shorts to run in theaters for a week in order to qualify for Academy Awards consideration.

SAG’s Animation Negotiating Committee will host a caucus meeting to report on the tentative agreement on Tuesday, July 12, at SAG headquarters in Hollywood. The proposed contract will go the SAG National Board for ratification at their plenary on July 30.

SAG is still working to hammer out new agreements for toon programming on basic cable, where the organization believes residual payment structures have not kept up with the growth of the medium. Also under consideration is a new contract for talent working in the video game industry. The pervious game pact expired on May 13.

A tentative interactive media agreement was rejected by SAG’s National Executive Committee in June, but a special meeting of the national board brought it to video game companies for consideration anyway. Game producers have offered a 36% pay increase but no residuals for game voicers. SAG members will vote on the matter between July 13 and July 28.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which negotiated the interactive media agreement jointly with SAG, approved deal last week and the new benefits went into effect for its members on July 1.