SAG softens on ‘extensions’

Greenlight for indie producers to work after June 30

The Screen Actors Guild has eased a key restriction on members working if there is a strike.

SAG has notified several independent producers that they can continue production after the June 30 contract expiration and employ Guild members who are U.S. citizens.

SAG had previously imposed guidelines on work during a strike by limiting such activity to members who are not U.S. citizens and requiring that the shoot take place in a foreign market and that no U.S. entities provide financing or hold distribution rights.

But SAG recently notified several producers that its negotiating committee has granted “extension” agreements to projects already in production.

“SAG agrees that no disciplinary action will be taken against a SAG member who continues to work on the motion picture in the event SAG is engaged in a labor dispute with other motion picture producers,” said part of the agreement.

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