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When can an Equity production be recorded or broadcast?

Equity productions may only be recorded or broadcast under the terms of the Contract or Code under which the production is governed or if the Producer has secured written permission from Equity.

“Recording” can refer to any taping, filming, audio or visual recording including digital, electronic, mechanic, or any other form of capture of an Actors performance. The subsequent uses may extend to television or radio broadcasts, internet streaming or downloads, mobile transmitions, theatrical release, or any other new and evolving medium.

Requests to record an Equity production in a manner not provided for within the specific Contract or Code must be made in writing to Equity’s Media Department with as much notice as possible to allow for administering the approval process. If the request is approved, a Media Agreement is written specifying the terms and conditions under which the Recording may occur. These Agreements are written in coordination with the applicable SAG-AFTRA code when appropriate to maximize your protection and benefits.

Some Equity contracts have built-in media allowances for promotional purposes such as news reviews, entertainment featured stories, and websites; as well as commercial exploitation such as cast albums and documentaries. Click on the link to our Document Library where you can find a list for all Equity’s published Agreements and Codes.

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