Recent UBCP notice not aimed at Screen Actors thesps
SAG has invited leaders of the Canadian actors union next month to Hollywood to hammer out details of its Global Rule One policy.
John Juliani, prexy of Vancouver-based Union of B.C. (British Columbia) Performers, said the confab is designed to formalize an agreement between SAG and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists. The UBCP is a branch of ACTRA.
SAG recently announced an agreement with the Australian actors union to cover projects shot in Oz. The key provision of the pact represented a formal endorsement of the major goal of its Global Rule One — that SAG members work under SAG terms and provisions on projects aimed principally for release in the U.S. market — and exempts low-budget Australian productions aimed at the local market.
Notice not aimed at SAG thesps
Juliani also asserted that a recent UBCP notification to thesps who have worked in Canada was not aimed at American SAG members. The branch recently notified thesps with six credits they must either join UBCP by Friday or pay a 50% premium on future work permits (Daily Variety, Sept. 23), but that was intended only for those meeting the admission threshold of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
“Because of a lack of information in some cases, a letter may have gone to an American,” Juliani said. “It was not intended for Americans and has no application to them.”