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Recordedmediaisglobalinreachandglobalinproduction.Formanyyearsproducershavetriedtoflyundertheradarbyengagingourleadperformersonoff-shoreproductionsorco-productionswithoutthebenefitofaunioncontract.Weveworkedalongsideoursisterunionsworldwidetoaddressthisissue.ButinSeptember2012wedecidedtotakethisfighttoanotherlevel.ACTRAtogetherwithEquityUKMEAAinAustraliaandSAG-AFTRAjointlyputforwardaresolutionattheInternationalFederationofActorsFIACongress2012inTorontotostopsuchproducersfromexploitingperformers.NowtocombatproducerswhoseektoevadeourunioncoveragemembersofFIAhavecommittedtowatchingthebacksofperformersworld-wide.Givenfinancingpressurelong-formtelevisionseriesintendedforNorthAmericanandglobalaudiencesareincreasinglybeingco-financedandco-producedbyCanadiancompanieswithforeignpartnersinvariouslocationsaroundtheworld.ExamplesincludeserieslikeTheTudorsCamelotPillarsoftheEarthTheBorgiasandVikingscurrentlyinproductioninIreland.Theseinternationalco-productionsengageCanadianperformersaswellasperformersfromtheUSUKandAustraliainleadingandmajorroles.WhenworkingoutsideCanadatheseproducerssometimesofferperformerssubstantiallyabove-minimumcontracts.Butwithoutthebenefitsofunioncoveragenoinsuranceorretirementcontributionscompletebuy-outsinperpetuityforallusestheresreallynomoremoney.ThechallengeforACTRAandtheotherEnglish-speakingunionshasbeentoeffectivelyextendjurisdictionoverproductionsshotoutsideoftheirowncountry.ACTRAhasasignificantstakeinensuringthesuccessofthisinitiativeasmanyoftheseco-productionsareproducedbyCanadiancompaniespartneringwithoff-shoreproducers.TheseseriesareintendedforCanadianUSandglobaldistribution.WehavearesponsibilitytoensurethatACTRAmembersengagedontheseproductionsreceiveinsuranceandretirementcontributionsandcoveragearetreatedwithdignityandrespectareprotectedbyCanadiansafetyandhealthstandardswhileworkingoutsidethecountryarepaidproperlyandontimeandseemoremoneyfordistributionoftheseries.Ourcontractprotectionsextendtowhereverourmemberswork.FIAschallengeistosuccessfullyextendunioncoveragetoperformersresidentintheproductionlocation.Invariablytheproducersoftheseshowsoftenlocateincountrieswherethelocalperformerunionsdonothaveindustry-widecollectiveagreements.Localperformersaregenerallycastinsmallspeakingpartsandasbackgroundperformers.Alarminglytheygenerallyworkwithnocontractsnominimumsfeesnosafetyandhealthprotectionsnohealthandretirementcontributionsandnousepayments.AsetfortheseriesVikingsatAshfordStudiosinCountyWicklowIreland.VikingsisaninternationalIrishCanadianco-productionbyWorld2000andTake5Productions.PhotoJonathanHessionGlobalProductionsGlobalContractsFIAsGlobalActionByStephenWaddellACTRAsNationalExecutiveDirector