Graduate Day and Green Room this Sunday - all welcome
Press Statement: Equity corrects South Pacific Pictures comment
On Friday 9 October 2015, John Barnett, Chair of South Pacific Pictures (SPP) told Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand that:
"… any of the productions that we make, the writers, the directors, the actors, are all participants in the pool, so as long as that money keeps coming in they will continue to receive something”.
Equity would like to correct this statement.
SPP does not provide any royalty payments or profit share to its actors on Shortland Street and until recently, it did not provide royalties or profit share on any SPP program. In the more than 20 years prior to 2014, no actors have received royalty payments from SPP, nor have they shared in the pool of profits.
In 2014, a landmark industry-wide agreement was signed by Equity and SPADA which provides a small royalty share to key performers engaged on all NZ based productions. At SPP’s insistence, Shortland Street actors are excluded from this agreement.
Equity would be delighted for SPP to provide royalty payments to all its actors as it claims to provide to other creatives. Copyright protection is important and all creatives should be able to share in the benefits of their work.
Equity reminds all performers that if you go for an audition for a drama and there is an indicative fee on the casting brief, this is only an indication of what you may be paid for performing the role.
Your agent will still attempt to negotiate a higher fee for you.
Attending an audition for a drama where there is an indicative fee on the casting brief does not bind you in any way to accepting that fee. You only accept the fee when it is negotiated as part of your contract, which you will sign later on.
All performance fees for a drama should be negotiated between your agent and the producer as part of your formal contract negotiations.
The case is different for TV commercials where pre-casting briefs usually have set fees.
Applications now open for the 2015 Equity Foundation Casting Hothouse.Please apply here before Monday 5 October.
This is a unique opportunity to work on your audition, accent and acting techniques in a series of intensive workshops with leading casting directors. This year’s casting directors are Matt Skrobalak, US casting director (The Good Wife, NCIS, Jane the Virgin); Marisa Ross, US casting director (How I Met Your Mother, The Chicago Project); Kerry Barden, US casting director (Still Alice, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help ); Tom McSweeney, Australian casting director (Terra Nova, The Family Law); Nikki Barrett, Australian casting director (Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Hacksaw Ridge) and Stuart Turner, New Zealand casting director ( The Weight of Elephant, Nightshift). You must submit a bio and headshot as one PDF document. Online applications only and no late applications accepted.
Equity New Zealand submission on the Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill
20 September 2015
Equity New Zealand supports the call for a minimum wage for independent contractors, which include performers. The union made this submission to parliament: