SAG-AFTRA Files Complaint Against Actors Equity as Live Show Taping Dispute Escalates

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  • Author: Jeremy Fuster
  • October 18,2020

SAG-AFTRA Files Complaint Against Actors Equity as Live Show Taping Dispute Escalates The dispute between SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity over who represents actors when it comes to tapings of live shows is escalating, as SAG-AFTRA has filed a formal complaint requesting a mediator from the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As). “It is with heavy hearts that we file a formal complaint and request for a mediator in our jurisdictional dispute,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White said in a memo released on Saturday. “Let us be very clear: this is a last resort. We tried negotiation, but Actors’ Equity Association refused our waiver and walked away from talks with no notice.” The conflict was brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, as SAG-AFTRA, which has always claimed jurisdiction over tapings, offered a “limited waiver” to Actors Equity for the duration of the pandemic. The issue has become particularly contentious as theatrical companies have turned to streaming and
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