SAG-AFTRA has won an arbitration and confidential settlement with the producers of The Walking Dead to compensate stunt performers for reusing clips from the show they appeared on. However, some of these stunt workers are not identifiable in the clips and the union is asking the stunt community for help with identification so they can get paid.
SAG-AFTRA and the show’s producer entered into the confidential settlement agreement based on an examination of scenes that were reused in the In Memoriam segment of Talking Dead from February 29, 2016 to date. The union says their reviewers discovered and reviewed reused clips that contained identifiable stunts and performers, and that any stunt performers identified in the clips will be compensated at their daily wage rates plus late payments for each clip. As part of the agreement, individual checks will be sent to SAG-AFTRA on or before November 20th. After verifying that the full amount has been paid, the union sends the checks to the performing artists.
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In a message to its members, SAG-AFTRA said, “We are sending this notice because the union auditors have also found clips with an identifiable stunt, but not all of the stunt performers in the scene. Due to this fact, SAG-AFTRA negotiated an opportunity for the “unidentified” stunt performers to contact SAG-AFTRA and identify themselves in such clips. As the agreement was reached before September 30, 2020, the proceeds will count towards the eligibility of the SAG-AFTRA health plan for 2021. “
SAG-AFTRA urges stunt performers to contact the union and producer representative if they have relevant information to prove they are the unidentified performers featured in the reused clips.