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October 5, 2021

Sag Animation Agreement


The animation community remains active and organized to ensure that members receive the protection, benefits and fair compensation they deserve to be the best in the industry. The actors gathered at events in New York and Los Angeles, where they discussed how to get a fair deal to work on animated series produced for streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix. “This is a strong and forward-looking agreement, with considerable benefits for our members,” said Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA, about the contract, which includes animated programs for network television, basic cable and streaming platforms. “It applies economies of scale to more productions, lowers budget thresholds for half-hour DRR programs, and provides additional funding for the use of interstitial programs in new media.” The new three-year agreement, which must be approved by the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee, is retroactive to 1 July and applies until 30 June 2023. The artists` union said the terms of the deal included profits in its recent framework contract for feature film and prime-time television. If the agreement is approved by the Committee, it will be submitted for ratification to the “members concerned”, those who have worked on the treaty. In addition to including the gains made in its new live action agreements, the union said the new animation contract also involves a significant animation-specific breakthrough in the requirement to pay for animated programs for new media. Today, animated programs designed for subscription-based streaming services that are not considered “high-budget” — because they don`t reach the required minimum duration of 20 minutes or don`t reach the new $500,000 budget threshold — still have to pay if they last at least 11 minutes and have a budget of at least $25,000 per minute. Throughout the negotiation, animation artists showed solidarity and voted 98.27 percent in favor of TV Animation`s strike permit.

The new agreement also involves changes to broadcast syndication residuals, from a fixed residue to a residue based on turnover at 6% of the distributor`s gross revenue – the same formula that applies to content that switches to basic cable. . . .