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SPAA MEDIA RELEASE

Posted Date: 01 July 2009 at 04:25:17PM

SCREEN PRODUCERS TO ENTER DISCUSSION WITH MEAA RE EMPLOYMENT OF ACTORS OFFSHORE COMMERCIALS

 

Following a "constructive" meeting with MEAA earlier this week in which the union offered to consider amendments to the Offshore Commercials Agreement, the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) has advised MEAA that it will enter into discussions with regard to the broad employment conditions for Offshore Commercials.

 

"There are aspects of the current Agreement that have the effect of making Australia non-competitive in the international market. We are seeking an outcome from these discussions that establishes base conditions for performers, but still gives producers the flexibility to put together competitive deals which can be offered to actors and their agents. It should be remembered that there are no formal agreements in place for the employment of performers for domestic commercials," said Geoff Brown, Executive Director of SPAA.

 

"The decision by our members to sit down and talk to MEAA demonstrates the respect that SPAA has for Australian performers. We are under no obligation to make any offer to MEAA but we want performers to know we're listening. The current Agreement ends on August 7. Should an agreement not be settled by the close of business on 6 August the Offshore Agreement will cease to operate, regardless of any outstanding discussions between MEAA and SPAA.

 

"The decision to withdraw from the Offshore Commercials Agreement has never just been about price. Australia is an attractive production destination for many reasons - including political stability, crew and cast talent, wonderful locations, etc - but the inability of producers to be flexible and to negotiate as a result of the Offshore Commercials Agreement, has meant the loss of millions of dollars a year in commercials production. Australian production companies bid for, but did not win, some $60M of production over the past year."

 

 

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