Netflix, SAG-AFTRA reach tentative agreement


The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Netflix Studios, LLC have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a successor contract to the 2019 Netflix Agreement.

The tentative agreement is subject to approval by the SAG-AFTRA National Board, which will meet August 8, 2022. The specific details will not be released in advance of the Board’s review.

Besides being the first agreement between the actors’ union and Netflix, the 2019 agreement established many of the basic labor protections that SAG-AFTRA and other Hollywood unions negotiate with legacy studios through the AMPTP, including minimum rates, turnaround provisions, exclusivity terms in actors’ contracts, and residual payment rates.


According to TheWrap, the old contract also included anti-harassment protections negotiated by SAG-AFTRA in the wake of the #MeToo movement, including a ban on auditions in private settings such as residences and hotel rooms.

Prior to 2019, SAG-AFTRA had been signing agreements with Netflix on a production-by-production basis. The agreement comes ahead of a new cycle of labor talks between the union, the WGA and DGA with streaming residuals expected to be a major contention point.

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