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Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

Your Host Marta McGonagle
Published: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

 

 

Pilots Overwhelmingly AFTRA Again

 

About 60 pilots for scripted network primetime programs will be shot under AFTRA contracts this year, while few – or perhaps none – will be produced under SAG jurisdiction, according to sources close to the two unions, who spoke on condition of anonymity. This continues a trend that began last year, when roughly 90% of pilots (and 83% of pilot pickups) went AFTRA.

 

Those numbers, in turn, were a stunning reversal from previous years, which had had SAG garnering about 90% of pilots and 86% of pickups in 2008. But to see such figures two years in a row raises a fundamental question: Is SAG fading out of the TV business?
It’s a murky and confused picture that once again underscores the importance of joint bargaining by the two unions and, ultimately, the likelihood that merger is only solution to the present crazy-quilt jurisdictional overlaps between the two unions.

 

For more information, please visit Jonathan Handel’s blog at:
http://digitalmedialaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/pilots-overwhelmingly-aftra-again.html

 

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