Union Talent Payroll

Members of SAG-AFTRA include actors, extras, voiceover artists, stunt performers, singers, dancers, puppeteers and a host of other professionals working on and off camera. Multiple SAG-AFTRA agreements cover these performers depending on the nature of the project, and within each agreement are a wide range of parameters which govern such things as:

  • Rate of pay
  • Number of performers on the project who are required to be union members
  • When the union agreement applies and to which performers

The TEAM Companies Talent Payroll group has subject matter experts in many of the SAG-AFTRA agreements including Commercials, Corporate/Educational, Made For New Media (which includes internet), Music Video and Interactive (electronic games). We help clients determine which agreement applies to their project and navigate the nuances of that agreement.

Canadian Talent

Through our Toronto based company, Talent Payment Services (TPS), we handle talent payments for advertising projects produced throughout Canada and provide insight and expert interpretation of the ACTRA and UDA agreements including the ACTRA National Commercial Agreement (NCA).

This combined breadth of our U.S. and Canadian subject matter expertise positions The TEAM Companies as a centralized resource that advertisers and ad agencies use to manage the employment of talent in advertising produced throughout North America.

Union Audits

If and when there are union audits, we fully support you with back-up documentation. We help you understand your signatory obligations and assist with managing the audit process.

It’s What You Know

Content of the script determines classification of the project.

There is a frequent misconception that the term “commercial” is defined by ads that are sixty seconds or less that we see on network TV or that pop up on the web and anything created outside of that narrow definition is considered “content” and not covered by the union.

However, there are a number of factors in the SAG-AFTRA commercial agreement that define what is considered a “commercial.” Projects that many producers may want to classify as non-covered “content” are actually a “commercial” in accordance with the union agreement. The TEAM Companies can help you sort through the varied and subjective criteria to classify your project.

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