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Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA Reach Joint Agreement on Live Theatre Recorded or Streamed for Exhibition During the Pandemic Period

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020—Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association today announced an agreement addressing the coverage of live theatre that is recorded or streamed for exhibition to a remote audience.

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA have settled this acrimonious jurisdictional dispute over which union should cover the streaming of live events. Actors’ Equity, which represents 51,000 stage managers and theater actors, had accused SAG-AFTRA of infringing and undercutting its contracts by negotiating lower-paying deals with theaters for streaming productions. SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 performers in film, TV, and radio, asserted that work made for broadcast is within its jurisdiction.

The settlement calls for preserving SAG-AFTRA’s historic jurisdiction while allowing Actors’ Equity to cover this work during the pandemic period, with a term concluding Dec. 31, 2021.

Both unions praised the collaborative process that allowed the parties to come to the table and reach a solution that serves the best interests of both of their memberships. The agreement reaffirms the historic solidarity and deep bonds between Equity and SAG-AFTRA and their members.

The full agreement can be found here.

The parties reached a tentative agreement on November 14 that was approved unanimously by the SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors and Actors’ Equity Association National Council today.

Further information from Actors’ Equity Association:
Further information from About SAG-AFTRA:



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