There is technically a level 0, it`s an ultra-low-budget film and more of a familiar term that producers use something else. The IATSE Local 873 Term Agreement is a mandatory agreement between Local 873 and Major Hollywood Studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The agreement is negotiated every three years. A significant number of independent production companies across North America that have signed other IATSE agreements are also required to work under this agreement if they fall within our jurisdiction. The vast majority of Local 873`s U.S. services are covered by the Local 873 Term Agreement. No no. Even within the IATSE, Aboriginal people, who determine the salaries and rights of their members, differ slightly in their definition of the ladders. For example, the local 600 meets the above rates, but locally 728 uses the following budget scale: Every three years, IATSE and AMPTP ratify the IATSE Low Budget Theatrical Agreement. To help you prepare for budgeting, hire staff and discuss the benefits for your future productions, we`ve outlined the latest primary levels, salaries, marginal rates and position changes. The low-budget theatre agreement is a three-year agreement managed by the IATSE International Office. The contract specifically deals with low-budget independent theatre productions with budgets of less than $12 million.
The agreement has nearly 300 signatory companies across North America. If one of the signatories were to enter our jurisdiction, Local 873 would have the exclusive right to serve the production under this agreement. If the project budget exceeds the $12 million level, Local Agreement 873 would come into effect. The International appoints an international representative as a contract administrator who works with the local service. Simply put, union workers` pay rates for union projects differ from production to production. These rates are determined by the overall budget of a project. It`s a slippery ladder. Higher budget films pay higher wages for all union workers, and lower budget plans pay lower wages. From a topline perspective, industry films can be divided into two categories: big-budget films and low-budget films. But where`s the threshold? When does a film go from a “low budget” to “big budget”? The DGA and SAG thresholds for the low budget are similar: USD 2.6 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The writer`s guild pulls the limit down to $1.2 million. But not all high-budget or low-budget films are financed in the same way.
This is where the step-by-step system comes in. To make the difference between low-budget, lowest-budget union films and the lowest union films (key word here “Union”. There are non-union productions that can be covered by the animal guidelines or above), IATSE has developed the animal system. This allows them to regulate salaries and adjust them to a standard level, according to the film`s budget, without unfairly penalizing projects with very small budgets and/or allowing their members to be exploited by a production that does their best to pinch pfennes. The parties agreed to new budget steps to carefully organize the steps of the low-budget agreement so as not to jeopardize the agreements of the IATSE majors.