FRUITFUL MEETING WITH NZ ON AIR
Equity held a fruitful meeting with NZ on Air this week to discuss the $100 000 grants for webseries that will be awarded soon. Equity’s concern with low budget productions is that actors must be contracted and paid. No work should be done informally and/or without pay. NZ On Air has published this reminder on their website: “all personnel (actors, directors, crew, writers and others) working on the webseries and pilot episode should be contracted under the industry body approved contract. Please contact each relevant union or guild for a copy of the relevant industry standard contract”.
Equity also calls on all actors working in pilot episodes that will be submitted as grant applications to NZ On Air, to use the Equity-SPADA agreement. It is free of charge to pilot episode producers since the pilot is a no-budget production. Because this contract was not written specifically for webseries, please add this text under Special Conditions: “In the event of this pilot being funded by New Zealand On Air (NZOA) and/or being green lit for further development by any TV network in NZ, or aired on any TV network in NZ, the actor is guaranteed the opportunity to reprise the role they have performed in this pilot”. Protect yourselves by always using a contract when you work, even for one pilot episode.