Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA have reached an agreement over coverage of streamed and recorded theater.
The new agreement, announced late Thursday, states that during the pandemic Actors’ Equity may sign contracts with theaters for recorded live theater and readings, so long as the work appears on restricted viewing platforms and has limits on the audience size. The pandemic period is defined as ending Dec. 31, 2021.
The two unions reached an agreement through mediation after a bitter and public dispute. Equity had accused SAG-AFTRA of taking over its traditional contracts with theaters and negotiating lower-paying deals for streaming work. SAG-AFTRA said that any work made for broadcast fell under its jurisdiction.