Television

SAG-AFTRA Television Production Types

The following production types are classified as television production types for purposes of reporting to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan: 

  • Television productions covered under the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement including but not limited to Television Motion Pictures for:
    • Network
    • Basic Cable
    • CW
    • Made for Pay TV
    • Made for DVD/Home Video
    • Long Form
  • Animation – Broadcast Network
  • Animation – Basic Cable
  • New Media productions covered under the Sideletter to the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement
  • Public TV
  • Local/Regional productions covered under the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement

When using the Contributions Manager, please select Television as the agreement and identify the appropriate agreement subtype when submitting earnings. 

Television Contribution Rates

Television Contribution Rates

By Role, on/after Date of Principal Photography

7/1/2018

18.50%

18.00%

15.50%

7/1/2017

18.00%

17.50%

15.50%

7/1/2014

17.30%

17.00%

15.50%

7/1/2011

16.80%

16.50%

15.00%

Television Contribution Rates - Residuals

By Role, on/after Date of Principal Photography

7/1/2018

13.50%

18.50%

18.00%

7/1/2017

13.50%

18.00%

17.50%

7/1/2014

13.50%

17.30%

17.00%

7/1/2011

13.50%

16.80%

16.50%

For productions prior to July 1, 2011, please refer to the collective bargaining agreement that was in effect at the time principal photography occurred for the individual production.

Sideletter K

Sideletter K is a provision that allows for a reduced contribution rate for pilots, presentations and television productions in the first two seasons of any new one-hour series first exhibited on or after July 1, 2005.

  • Projects produced under the 2005 SAG-Television Agreement and 2009 Memorandum of Agreement:
    • 13.50% contribution for any pilot or presentation produced on or after July 1, 2005.
    • 13.50% contribution for the first two seasons of any new one-hour series first exhibited on or after July 1, 2005. A new one-hour series is defined as if the first episode is initially exhibited in the 2005-2006 television season, regardless of the fact that a pilot or one or more episodes of the series may have been produced prior to July 1, 2005.
  • Projects produced under the 2011 Memorandum of Agreement:
    • 15.00% contribution for any pilot or presentation produced on or after July 1, 2011.
    • 15.00% contribution for the first two seasons of any new one-hour series first exhibited on or after July 1, 2011, the pilot or presentation for which principal photography commenced on or after July 1, 2011.
    • 13.50% for the first two seasons of any new one-hour series, the pilot or presentation, the principal photography of which commenced prior to July 1, 2011.
  • Projects produced under the 2014 and 2017 Memoranda of Agreement:
    • 15.50% contribution for any pilot or presentation produced on or after July 1, 2014.
    • 15.50% contribution for the first two seasons of any new one-hour series first exhibited on or after July 1, 2014, the pilot or presentation for which principal photography commenced on or after July 1, 2014.

Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund (IACF) Contributions

IACF contributions are due on all initial compensation payments for television productions, with the exception of Sideletter K productions. For residual compensation, IACF contributions are not due for percentage-based residuals. 

Television Contribution Ceilings

Contributions are due on all compensation paid to each performer up to the applicable ceilings. Please refer to the Television Ceilings Chart below:

Television Ceilings

Ceiling Per Episode*

7/1/1983 and after

$15,000

$24,500

$33,000

$40,000

10/6/1980 through 6/30/1983

$12,500

$20,500

$27,500

$34,250

1/1/1979 through 10/5/1980

$11,250

$18,750

$25,000

$31,250

7/1/1977 through 12/31/1978

$9,000

$15,000

$20,000

$25,000

7/1/1974 through 6/30/1977

$4,500

$7,500

$10,000

$12,500

7/1/1971 through 6/30/1974

$3,500

$6,000

$7,500

$10,000

Prior to 7/1/1971

$2,500

$4,000

$5,000

$6,000

Ceilings for Mini-Series

For services rendered by a performer in a multi-part, closed-end picture exceeding three hours in length, contributions shall not be paid with respect to any part of gross compensation in excess of:

  • $15,000 for each part that the performer appears which is ½ hour in length
  • $24,500 for each part that the performer appears which is 1 hour in length
  • $33,000 for each part that the performer appears which is 1 ½ hours in length
  • $40,000 for each part that the performer appears which is 2 hours or more in length

No payment is due when any part of gross compensation received by the performer from the entire multi-part picture exceeds $200,000.

Ceiling for Television Supplemental Market Use

Payments made for supplemental market use will be subject to the ceiling referenced in the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement for television motion pictures having a running time in excess of one hour, including shorter programs combined into a single feature-type picture.

For information on the ceilings from the Codified Basic Agreement based on principal photography start date, visit the Theatrical Ceilings section. 

Supplemental markets include the following reuse markets: home video, paid TV, new media purchase and in-flight media.

Made-for-Pay television productions and Made for Video/DVD supplemental residuals are not subject to the $232,000 supplemental market use ceiling. Once the ceiling (based on the length of the production) is reached, no further contributions are due.

Supplemental Market Use Ceiling Example:

  • Movie-of-the-Week project is 1 ½ hours length in running time.
  • Ceiling (all session and residual compensation) is $33,000.
  • Initial compensation for a performer is $40,000.
  • Employer will only need to report gross wages in the amount of $33,000 for the initial compensation payment.
  • Performer was subsequently paid $1,500 for reuse fee on Free TV and $1,000 for supplemental market residuals (i.e. Pay TV reuse). Employer does not report the $1,500 for Free TV reuse, but will need to report the $1,000 for supplemental market reuse.

Contributions Remittance on behalf of Dance Choreographers

Employers are allowed to remit contributions on behalf of dance choreographers who have met the earnings threshold for five qualified health years. Employers are required to submit an Eligibility Verification Form for Choreographer to the Plan for approval.

Deceased Performer Reporting of Earnings

Under the television contract, no contributions to the Plan shall be required to be made with respect to any compensation—including rerun fees, foreign telecast fees and additional compensation for theatrical exhibition, supplemental market and basic cable use—that becomes due and payable after the date of death of the performer.