Learn what SAG-AFTRA members can and can’t work on during the current strike.


“The SAG-AFTRA National Board declared a strike effective 12:01 AM Pacific Time, July 14, 2023, of all covered services under the Producer\SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement and SAG-AFTRA Television Agreements and their related agreements known as TV/Theatrical Contracts and instructed all SAG-AFTRA members to cease rendering all services and performing all work covered by the TV/Theatrical/Streaming Contracts.” (That’s a mouthful and a bit hard to comprehend.)

As a decades-long member of SAG-AFTRA, I found these short explainer videos concise and extremely informative. I hope you do as well.

SAG-AFTRA – What members can work on during the current TV/Theatrical Contracts strike.
SAG-AFTRA – What members cannot work on during the current TV/Theatrical Contracts strike.

I’ve always been a fan of well-executed explainer videos. SAG-AFTRA hit the mark with these two. The voiceover talent was well cast, and the V/Os colorized the copy effectively. (BTW, does anyone know what shaded font SAG-AFTRA used is?)

Cheers to my union brothers and sisters. Let’s keep fighting the good fight; let’s always remember Rule One:

Global Rule One (GR1) is a mandate within the guidelines of SAG-AFTRA declaring that any actor who is a member of SAG-AFTRA cannot work on any project, anywhere in the world, that is not covered under an appropriate SAG-AFTRA agreement. Each actor who joins the union agrees, in principle, to honor this rule.

Link to SAG-AFTRA’s video.

For more information, visit the SAG-AFTRA strike website.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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