Television Animation

SAG-AFTRA Television Animation Production Types

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

  • Television animation productions covered under the SAG-AFTRA Television Animation Agreement including but not limited to Television Motion Pictures for:
    • Animation - Broadcast Network
    • Animation - Basic Cable
    • New Media productions covered under the Sideletter to the SAG-AFTRA Television Animation Agreement

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

*Animation features for theatrical release will remain under the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Agreement.

Television Animation Contribution Rates

Television Animation Contribution Rates

By Role, on/after Date of Principal Photography

7/1/2021

20.30%

16.50%

7/1/2020

19.80%

16.50%

7/1/2019

18.80%

15.50%

1/1/2019

18.30%

15.50%

9/16/2018

17.80%

15.50%

Television Animation Contribution Rates - Residuals

By Role, on/after Date of Principal Photography

7/1/2021

13.50%

20.30%

20.00%

7/1/2020

13.50%

19.80%

19.50%

7/1/2019

13.50%

18.80%

18.50%

1/1/2019

13.50%

18.30%

18.00%

9/16/2018

13.50%

17.80%

17.50%

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 animation 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.
  • Projects produced under the 2020 Memoranda of Agreement:
    • 16.50% contribution for any pilot or presentation produced on or after July 1, 2020.
    • 16.50% contribution for the first two seasons of any new one-hour series first exhibited on or after July 1, 2020, the pilot or presentation for which principal photography commenced on or after July 1, 2020.

SAG-AFTRA Producers 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

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.