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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Modified to Provide “Free Bargaining” as to Compensation for Low-Budget Digital Productions

Responding to the increased concerns voiced by advertising agencies bound by the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract (Commercials Contract) that they cannot compete on the digital front with their non-union counterparts, on October 19, 2017, SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) issued a joint statement announcing that, effective immediately, the Commercials Contract has been modified to include a waiver for commercial digital low-budget productions.

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