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TIME’S UP Urges Actors to ‘Vote No’ on 2020 SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Agreement

Entertainment, Safety

TIME’S UP Foundation provided the following statement in response to the 2020 TV/Theatrical Agreement:

“Creating safe, dignified, and equitable workplaces in an industry where nudity and intimacy are often part of the work is challenging, but not insurmountable. Therefore, the fact that SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP reached an agreement that does not include key health and safety measures is deeply disappointing and dangerous.

“Over the past two years, the TIMES UP Entertainment Safety Committee – made up of actresses, producers, and other industry leaders – has advocated for common sense policies that would protect the safety of all actors, including principal and background actors. And we have not been alone in our advocacy efforts.

“The summary of the new terms provided by SAG-AFTRA indicates progress has been made – such as an explicit prohibition of performance of any actual sex act, prohibition of recording with personal devices during nude and simulated sex scenes, and the standard practice of providing robes to actors between and after rehearsing and shooting nude and simulated sex scenes.

However, based on the summary, many of the important issues we’ve raised have not been sufficiently addressed, including

  • Adding robust closed set protections and definitions for ‘nudity’ and ‘simulated sex,’ to the contract, and providing greater clarity on who is ‘essential’ to have on set during nude and simulated sex scenes;
  • Explicitly requiring that during intimate and simulated sex scenes, genitals be covered at all times (e.g., with flesh-colored underwear or modesty patches or pouches, in addition to intimacy barriers or padding);
  • Requiring safety meetings before rehearsing or filming intimate scenes, as is already common industry practice for stunt scenes; and
  • Giving background actors and extras the same protections as principals during casting and filming nude/simulated sex scenes, while also taking into account the different nature and turn-around time for booking background actors.

“This is not a dollars and cents issue. Performers should not have to wait three more years for another round of negotiations. The only option now is for SAG-AFTRA members to vote no on the existing 2020 TV/Theatrical Agreement and force an immediate renegotiation with the AMPTP – one that offers terms that truly reflect the values of safety, equity and dignity that all actors deserve.”

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