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SAG-AFTRA Scale Rates, IATSE Updates And More In Labor Guide Relaunch

Original publish date: October 12, 2020

The Showbiz Labor Guide, relied on for film and TV union labor rates for over 25 years, is back with a redesign and all updated minimum scales.

The Labor Guide fell into some disuse over the summer of 2020. With the pandemic crisis, all available hands were on deck to get our Media Services production payroll clients and their crews the assistance they needed to navigate the slowdown – including such urgent issues as unemployment guidance, workers’ comp, sick leave and contact-free digital tools. 

Sadly, demand for film union rates was at an all-time low. And our free production labor rates database fell significantly out of date for the first time in its history.

But with the slow and steady return to film and TV production, producers and production accountants need current union and guild labor rates as much as they ever did. The Showbiz Labor Guide not only serves as an aid to paying SAG-AFTRA, DGA and IATSE crew members on current productions; it also allows budgeters to estimate the labor costs of an upcoming movie or show.

2020 film union and guild rate updates

The updated guide includes SAG-AFTRA scale minimums for 2020-2021, the updated IATSE West Coast and East Coast agreements, the Area Standards Agreement, Teamsters, DGA and WGA. We updated IATSE Low Budget Tier rates as well as the new SAG-AFTRA Low Budget agreements.

Fringe rates saw updates as well, and the Labor Guide got a whole new look and feel in keeping with the Media Services website. This resource for the entertainment industry is fully indexed, searchable and free to use.

Register for free access to the labor guide.


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