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Dignity for Extra's

The new SAG-AFTRA union contract brings in raises including Netflix and Amazon

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Jul 05, 2017

SAG-AFTRA has reached an historic contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that will provide raises and benefits for actors, especially those who work as extras and stunt performers.

Some of the highlights of the new deal include a 300% increase in residuals, over the first two years, from shows that are on Netflix and Amazon, also known as subscription on demand services. They also can begin to receive these residuals after only 90 days instead of 1 year. With more shows being produced outside of LA and New York, actors who have to travel to film will now get a 5 fold increases in travel expense money.

While many think of SAG-AFTRA as representing major movie stars, most of their members are background talent and stunt performers, who are often struggling for their big break. 

The contract, which is valued at $256 million over 3 years, also gives 2.5%, and 3% raises across the board.  Stunt coordinators will also see a 5% raise in the first year of the contract. With the television landscape changing this contract has now brought actors wages and salaries into the new video on demand age and will ensure labor peace for the next three years.

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