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This Actor Employment Agreement is between a producer and an actor who agrees to appear in a motion picture governed by the Screen Actors Guild collective bargaining agreement. This form is for use in your state and is available for immediate download.

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This Actor Employment Agreement (SAG) is between a producer and a player who agrees to render acting services for a motion picture. This agreement contains the specific terms of the arrangement including the playerís role, salary and guarantee of a specific number of days of employment. It also states that the producer is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the motion picture is covered by SAGís collective bargaining agreement. Having a written Actor Employment Agreement for a motion picture will prove invaluable in the event there are misunderstandings between the producer and the player.

This Actor Employment Agreement (SAG) contains the following provisions:
  • Parties: The name of the producer, the player and the title of the motion picture;
  • Role, Salary and Guarantee: The playerís role in the motion picture, his/her salary and an employment guarantee of a certain number of days;
  • Basic Contract: Producer represents that all provisions of the collective bargaining agreement of SAG are incorporated in this agreement;
  • Motion Picture Relief Fund: The player agrees to authorize producer to deduct a specified percentage for this fund;
  • Signatures: The producer and player must both sign the agreement.

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Number of Pages6
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
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Product number#27990
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(To Employ a SAG Actor for a Theatrical feature)
THIS AGREEMENT, made this _________________, 20___, between _________________, hereafter called “Producer”, and _________________, hereafter called “Player.
1. PHOTOPLAY, ROLE, SALARY AND GUARANTEE: Producer hereby engages Player to render services as such in the role of _________________, in a photoplay, the working title of which is now _________________, at the salary of $_________________ Dollars per “studio week” (Schedule B Players must receive an additional overtime payment of four (4) hours at straight time rate for each overnight location Saturday.) Player accepts such engagement upon the terms herein specified. Producer guarantees that it will furnish Player not less than _________________ weeks employment. Player shall be paid pro rata for each additional day beyond guarantee until dismissal.
2. TERM: The term of employment hereunder shall begin on or about _________________, and shall continue thereafter until the completion of the photography and recordation of said role.
3. BASIC CONTRACT: All provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between Screen Actors Guild, Inc. and Producer, relating to theatrical motion pictures, which are applicable to the employment of the Player hereunder, shall be deemed incorporated herein.
4. PLAYERS ADDRESS: All notices which the Producer is required or may desire to give to the Player may be given either by mailing the same addressed to the Player at _________________, or such notice may be given to the Player personally, either orally or in writing.
5. PLAYERS TELEPHONE: The Player must keep the Producers casting office or the assistant director of said photoplay advised as to where the Player may be reached by telephone without unreasonable delay. The current telephone number of the Player is _________________.
6. MOTION PICTURE RELIEF FUND: The Player does hereby authorize the Producer to deduct from the compensation hereinabove specified an amount equal to ____% of each installment of compensation due the Player hereunder, and to pay the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund of America, Inc.
7. FURNISHING OF WARDROBE: The Player agrees to furnish all modern wardrobe and wearing apparel reasonably necessary for the portrayal of said role; it being agreed, however, that should so-called “character” or “period” costumes be required, the Producer shall supply the same. When Player furnishes any wardrobe, Player shall receive the cleaning allowance and reimbursement, if any, specified in the basic contract.
   Number of outfits furnished by Player:
      _________________ @ $_________________
(formal)    _________________ @ $_________________
8. ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES: Should any dispute or controversy arise between the parties hereto with reference to this contract, or the employment herein provided for, such dispute or controversy shall be settled and determined by conciliation and arbitration in accordance with the conciliation and arbitration provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Producer and Screen Actors Guild relating to theatrical motion pictures, and such provisions are hereby referred to and by such reference incorporated herein and made a part of this Agreement with the same effect as though the same were set forth herein in detail.
9. NEXT STARTING DATE: The starting date of Players next engagement is: _________________.
10. The Player may not waive any provision of this contract without the written consent of the Screen Actors Guild, Inc.
11. Producer makes the material representation that either it is presently a signatory to the Screen Actors Guild collective bargaining agreement covering the employment contracted for herein, or, that the above-referred-to photoplay is covered by such collective bargaining agreement under the Independent Production provisions of the General Provisions of the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement of 1995 as the same may be supplemented and/or amended.
12. Producer shall have the exclusive right to make one or more promotional films of thirty (30) minutes or less and to utilize the results and proceeds of Players services therein upon all of the terms and provisions set forth in the SAG Agreement. Player agrees to render such services for said promotional films during the term of his employment hereunder as Producer may request and Player further agrees to use by Producer of film clips and behind-the-scenes shots in which Player appears in such promotional films. Provided Player appears therein, Producer shall pay to Player the sum specified by the SAG Agreement of 1995 as amended within ten (10) days after the first use of each such promotional film on television or before a paying audience.
13.Producer shall have the exclusive right to use and to license the use of Players name, sobriquet, photograph, likeness, voice and/or caricature and shall have the right to simulate Players voice, signature and appearance by any means in and in connection with the film and the advertising, publicizing, exhibition, and/or other exploitation thereof in any manner and by any means and in connection with commercial advertising and publicity tie-ups. Player grants, and Producer shall have, the perpetual and universal right to photograph and re-photograph Player (still and moving) and to record and re-record, double and dub Players voice and performances, by any present or future methods or means and to use and authorize others to use Players name, voice and likeness for and in connection with the Picture, the soundtrack (including a soundtrack album), trailers, and documentary and/or “making of” pictures, and all advertising (including Players name and likeness on sleeves, jackets and other packaging for soundtrack albums, video cassettes, videodiscs, written publications and the like), merchandising, commercial tie-ups, publicity, and other means of exploitation of any and all rights pertaining to the Film and any element thereof. Producer shall own all results and proceeds of Players services hereunder, including the copyrights thereof, and as such owner shall have the right (among all other rights of ownership): (i) to include such results and proceeds in the Film and in advertising and publicity relating to the Film, (ii) to reproduce such results and proceeds by any present or future means, (iii) to combine such results and proceeds with photographs and recordings made by others for use in the Film, (iv) to exhibit and perform such results and proceeds in theaters, on the radio and television, and in or by any other present or future media, for profit and otherwise, and for commercial or non-commercial purposes and purposes of trade, and (v) to license and assign its rights to any other person or company. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, the results and proceeds of Players services hereunder include any and all material, words, writings, ideas, “gags”, dialogue, melody and lyrics composed, submitted or interpolated by Player in connection with the preparation or production of the Film (hereinafter referred to as “material”). All said material, the copyright therein, and all renewals, extensions or reversions of copyright now or hereafter provided, shall automatically become the property of Producer, which shall be deemed the author thereof, it being agreed and acknowledged that all of the results and proceeds of Players services hereunder are a specially ordered and commissioned “work made for hire” within the meaning of the 1976 Copyright Act for the compensation provided in the Principal Agreement. Player hereby expressly waives and relinquishes any moral rights or “droit morale” in and to any material created by or contributed to the Film by Player including all of Players performance.
14. Producer is also granted the further exclusive right and license, but only in connection with the role portrayed by Player in the film to use and to license the use of Players name, sobriquet, photograph, likeness, caricature and/or signature (collectively referred to herein as “name and likeness”) in and in connection with any merchandising and/or publishing undertakings. In consideration therefore, Producer shall pay Player a pro rata share (payable among all players whose name, etc. is used) of ______% of the gross monies actually derived by Producer after deducting therefrom a distribution fee of _______ percent (_____%) and a sum equal to all Producers actual out-of-pocket expenses in connection therewith, for the use of such name or likeness on merchandising and publishing items which utilize Players name and likeness, other than in a listing of cast credits.
15. Producer is also granted the further and exclusive right to use and to license the use of and to advertise and publicize the use of Players voice from the soundtrack of the film on commercial phonograph records and albums and the exclusive right to use Players name and likeness on jackets and labels of such commercial phonograph records and albums. If Producer issues or authorizes the issuance of such record or album using Players voice, Producer shall pay to Player a sum equal to applicable AFTRA scale.
16. EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: All of Production Companys obligations herein are expressly conditioned upon Performers completion, to Production Companys satisfaction, of the I-9 form (Employee Eligibility Verification Form), and upon Performers submission to Production Company of original documents satisfactory to demonstrate to Production Company Performers employment eligibility.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this agreement on the day and year first above written.
Social Security No._________________
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