SAG-AFTRA Bars Members From Work on Latin American Music Awards

SAG-AFTRA has barred members from working on the inaugural Latin American Music Awards because producer Somos Productions has not signed an agreement with the union.

SAG-AFTRA notified members this weekend that they could be disciplined for working on the awards show, which is scheduled for a two-hour broadcast Oct. 8 on Telemundo from the Dolby Theater.

“SAG-AFTRA’s working rules prohibit a member from accepting employment on a program by a producer that has not signed an agreement with SAG-AFTRA,” the union said. “If a SAG-AFTRA member accepts employment on the 2015 Latin American Music Awards in any category (e.g., host, singer, dancer, award presenter), he or she may be subject to discipline by SAG-AFTRA.”

The Latin American Music Awards was unveiled this summer as a Spanish-language spinoff of the American Music Awards, which is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Nominees include Nicky Jam, Romeo Santos, Enrique Iglesias, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi, Selena Gomez and Calibre 50.

UPDATE, 9;18 am PDT Monday — Telemundo issued a statement to Variety:

While Telemundo is not a signatory to an agreement with SAG-AFTRA for this production, it respects SAG-AFTRA’s working rules that prohibit a member from accepting employment on a program by a producer that has not signed an agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Nonetheless, Telemundo is open to discussing this issue with any performer on the 2015 Latin American Music Awards who informs us they are a SAG-AFTRA member.

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