LEGAL & LEGISLATIVE
In 2015, California enacted the Child Performer Services Permit Law requiring anyone, including Talent Managers, who provide services to an artist under the age of 18 within the state of California to undergo a criminal background check.
ALL TMA MEMBERS THAT REPRESENT MINORS AND MAINTAIN A BUSINESS ADDRESS WITHIN CALIFORNIA ARE REQUIRED TO KEEP A VALID CHILD PERFORMER SERVICES PERMIT ACTIVE AND ON FILE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AT ALL TIMES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA STATE LAW.
CPS PERMIT LAW
PERSONAL MANAGERS EXCEPTION
Introducing: The Micro-Budget Agreement
SAG-AFTRA is pleased to begin offering the Micro-Budget Agreement (“Micro”) for projects commencing December 1, 2020 or later. The Micro is designed to provide a streamlined signatory process for independent producers. It is expected that the producers of these projects will be multi-hyphenate types.
What Projects Qualify?
● Entertainment Content - the type of project that would typically sign a new media agreement or the Short Project Agreement or the Student Film Agreement
● Budgeted at $20,000 or less per picture or per episode
● Recorded entirely in the US (and its territories)
● Live Action
● Scripted and Unscripted
● Permitted Exhibition:
○ Film Festivals
○ Free to the Consumer New Media (AVOD)
○ Required Screenings for Academy Award Consideration
○ Public Access TV
○ For Demo Purposes
○ In The Classroom (student producers)
What Doesn’t Fit Under this Agreement?
This Agreement won’t be right for everyone. The following would not qualify for the Micro:
● Corporate or Educational Videos
● Music Videos
● Audio only content including audiobooks, podcasts, and radio plays
● Video Games
● Projects including any nudity or simulated sex
● Projects including any hazardous stunts
● Projects where the producer has received any compensation in exchange for the right to distribute or exhibit it