Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have announced that the two unions, which had spent months at odds over recorded theatre contracts, have reached an agreement on the coverage of live theatre “that is recorded or streamed for exhibition for a remote audience.” The tentative agreement was reached on Nov. 14 and was then unanimously approved by the SAG-AFTRA National Board and Actors’ Equity Association National Council on Nov. 19. The full eight-page agreement is available online.
In the press release, both unions applauded the collaborative process that led to a solution “that serves the best interests of both of their membership,” a result that felt a long way off only a month ago. The agreement, released amid hopeful news of a COVID-19 vaccine in the near future, establishes parameters for the duration of what is being called the “pandemic period,” ending on Dec. 31, 2021. Should it be necessary, the two unions will meet again no later than Oct. 1, 2021 to determine if that deadline should be extended.