David White, SAG-AFTRA`s National Executive Director, said: “I would like to salute the contract staff led by Ray Rodriguez, General Manager of Contracts, for their incredible work on this historic agreement. As Netflix continues to produce series and feature films, it can do so more effectively under this bilateral agreement, which provides enhanced conditions and protection to all our members. The agreement, which, unless otherwise stated, follows the codified basic and television agreements, was approved today by an overwhelming majority of the National Board at its one-day videoconference plenary session. The agreement expires on June 30, 2022. The agreement includes the same protections against harassment as those contained in the agreement on network code and commercial contracts, in addition to the prohibition of hearings in private residences and hotel rooms. Netflix set the industry standard with its Respect at Netflix program, which is considered the gold standard in the industry for raising awareness of gender equality and promoting the participation of all, regardless of gender, ethnicity or race. “We always strive to adapt and grow in the changing environment of our industry. This revolutionary agreement makes its case,” said Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA. “Netflix recognizes the value of working with AFTRA members and the contributions we make to this global sector. I am pleased that this agreement has achieved long-standing goals among members, in particular recognition of results acquisition work and other important improvements that members want and deserve.
To date, Netflix produces as part of SAG-AFTRA`s standard television and film agreements. The new agreement also includes gains on theatrical residues, increased rights for members in the areas of options and exclusivity, improved overtime rules for stuntmen, and specific protections for members in terms of harassment and hearing. Ted Sarandos, Netflix`s Chief Content Officer, added, “We are delighted to have worked with SAG-AFTRA to address these unique issues for Netflix`s production needs, and we commend SAG-AFTRA executives for their creative approach.” Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Netflix have agreed to a sector change contract for live action drama productions. The agreement between the union and the global streaming service recognizes Performance Capture as a hidden work and includes synchronization coverage, which applies to all of Netflix`s live and animated foreign language action images, which are synchronized in English.