NZ Equity Standard Contracts
Friday, 20 March 2009
In Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and America performers have standard contracts, which include minimum working conditions, and residuals on screen work. These contracts are negotiated between the performers' unions such as British Equity and the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG), and producers. These contracts give performers and agents certainty about the minimum expectations performers should have on any film, television or theatre job. Agents of course are free to negotiate terms which are better than the minimum negotiated between their union and producers. In New Zealand there are no such contracts. While there is a set of guidelines, known as "The Pink Book", these are not binding on any producer and do not stand up to comparison with the minimum conditions performers receive in all other English speaking countries.