On Saturday, Netflix and SAG-AFTRA announced the agreement of a new contract, with a term of nearly three years, for live-action scripted production that will also cover both performance capture and dubbing. The contract includes international live-action and animated productions dubbed into English.
According to a recent publication of The Hollywood Reporter, the contract comes a year in advance of the expiration of the union’s industry-wide TV/theatrical contracts, decoupling Netflix from the agreements that bind producers and the legacy studios that are members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The new contract, which was approved by the union’s national board, includes gains in theatrical residuals, greater rights for stunt performers and specific protections for members regarding harassment and auditions. The pact also includes minimum salary and turnaround requirements regardless of the production’s budget and concessions or guest stars and day performers in episodic series that are employed consecutively. The contract will be in effect through June 30, 2022.
“We are pleased that we were able to work with SAG-AFTRA to address these issues unique to Netflix’s production needs and we commend SAG-AFTRA leadership for its creative approach,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.