SAG-AFTRA and the networks have reached a tentative agreement over a three-year-plus successor agreement to the union’s Network Television Code master contract.
The deal covers about $200 million in annual wages for SAG-AFTRA members on such non-primetime shows as “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Amazing Race,” “Nightline” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”
The two sides reached the deal late Friday night following two weeks of negotiations, which had launched Nov. 3 with a news blackout. The current deal expires Saturday.
The pact will be sent next to the SAG-AFTRA national board, which would trigger a ratification vote by membership if the board approves.
The new deal will go into effect retroactively to Nov. 16 through June 30, 2018.
The negotiations covered work by SAG-AFTRA’s 165,000 members on syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials, promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
SAG-AFTRA members ratified a three-year successor deal covering work on movies and primetime TV in August. That agreement replaced the separate SAG and AFTRA contracts that were negotiated prior to the 2012 merger of the two performers unions.
Terms of that SAG-AFTRA deal mirrored agreements reached by the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.
SAG-AFTRA touted “significant gains” in the new network code deal — including a compounded 8.7% hike in minimums over three years; unification of the SAG and AFTRA TV contracts; and improved terms and conditions and full TV rate minimums for productions made for SVOD services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.
“With the successful conclusion of this negotiation, we have finished unifying our legacy television contracts under SAG-AFTRA,” Howard said. “We’ve made significant gains in important areas, including wage increases and improvements in streaming residual rates.”
The deal includes gains in contract minimums over a three-year period, including an 8.7% overall wage increase to most program fees, through increases of 2.5% the first year, 3% the second year and 3% the third year. Soap opera performers will see 7.2% overall hike and those in network news will see a 6.1% hike.
The deal also inclues a 36% increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and a 12% increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two from $25 per hour to $28 per hour;