SAG, Saban in kids TV deal

Agreement goes into effect July 1

The Screen Actors Guild and Saban Entertainment on Wednesday reached an agreement covering the production of live-action children’s TV programming.

Terms of the contract were approved by SAG’s national executive committee following negotiations between Saban chairman and CEO Haim Saban, business affairs senior VP Bill Josey and SAG’s team, which includes president Richard Masur, national exec director Ken Orsatti and associate national exec director John Maguire.

The agreement becomes effective on July 1, at which time the Saban series “Power Rangers in Space,” among others, will be covered under the newly negotiated conditions.

Saban, one of the leading producers of kids TV shows, had earned SAG’s enmity by not signing onto SAG agreements. On Feb. 5, after ending a war of words and sitting down to talk, Saban became a signatory to the guild’s basic agreements covering motion pictures, TV, animation and dubbing. The children’s TV issue was the last to be resolved.

“SAG’s recognition of the financial model under which live-action kids programming is produced enabled us to reach a mutually acceptable agreement,” Saban said in a statement released by his office.

Terms of the agreement will be made available next week after western members of SAG’s national board look it over on Monday.

“We believe we have succeeded in negotiating a fair contract reflective of the economic realities of this specialized area of programming,” Masur said. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Saban Entertainment, which will result in expanded employment opportunities for our members.”