Kelli Shope


The following article will explore the impact SAG, talent agents, and lawmakers each have on the contractual rights of rank-and-file actors in light of the termination of Rule 16(g). Section II discusses actors' prior contractual rights under the collective bargaining agreement and how failed negotiations with talent agents left actors vulnerable to unfair contracts. Section III explores the new standard agency contract utilized by agents and the resulting legal implications for actors. Section IV details and evaluates the substance of the TAA, one of the few remaining legal protections for actors. Section V exposes the shortcomings of the TAA and SAG and poses possible explanations for the current state of affairs in agency relations. Finally, potential solutions will be presented.