Producers use the Festival de Cannes to rally versus SAG

LOS ANGELES: A group of international film producers used the Festival de Cannes last week to speak out publicly against a new campaign by the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) seeking to curb thespians from working abroad under nonunion contracts.

LOS ANGELES: A group of international film producers used the Festival de Cannes last week to speak out publicly against a new campaign by the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) seeking to curb thespians from working abroad under nonunion contracts.

Members of production guilds that represent more than 2,500 film companies globally issued a release challenging SAG's tough new position on overseas productions.

At issue is whether SAG actors who work in foreign countries should be allowed to negotiate their own terms, or if they must adhere to the union's guidelines, which include contributions to SAG health and pension funds.

Earlier this month, SAG announced the Global Rule One initiative, aimed at educating members about the downside of nonunion contracts and threatening sanctions for those who continue the practice.

Members of production guilds from Australia, the UK, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand sent out a joint statement asking member producers to use labor agreements based in the country where filming occurs, rather than bowing to SAG's demands for US standards.

Despite the producers' protests, SAG remains committed to the campaign, underlined in a statement issued in response.

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