Because of the inherent complexities of agency relations today, Screen Actors Guild has received numerous requests from members in the Las Vegas area to clarify the status of SAG agency franchises, and Union members’ obligations thereunder.
Pursuant to SAG’s Rules and Regulations, Guild members in the Las Vegas market who wish the protection of Screen Actors Guild in their relationships with their agents are required to choose from the SAG franchised agencies in the market. Except under very limited circumstances, choosing to be represented by non-franchised agencies is a violation of SAG Rules and Regulations and may subject the member to potential disciplinary action from the Guild. This precaution is necessary in order to ensure that our members’ rights are fully protected in any and all of their dealings with their primary representatives. Please note that franchises are not assignable, and never follow an agent when (s)he moves from one agency to another. Franchises are also not assignable when one franchised agency is sold to another company. If you have any questions about the franchised status of anyone offering to represent you, we strongly urge you to contact the Guild (see below) to obtain the necessary information regarding your representative’s standing with the Union.
Moreover, please note that SAG franchised agencies cannot offer you an agency contract that has not been approved by the Guild. Franchised agencies (as well as the SAG members that they represent) are protected by, and are bound to, the terms and conditions of Rule 16(g), a/k/a the SAG Agency Regulations. Agencies in the Las Vegas market that are not franchised are outside SAG’s jurisdiction; Guild members should be careful not to place themselves in violation of SAG rules by working with such entities.
Should you have any agency-related questions, please do not hesitate to contact SAG’s National Agency Department in Los Angeles at (323) 549-6745, or Nevada Executive Director Steve Clinton at (702) 737-8818 or 800-SAG-0767, x7.