SAG-AFTRA Told Actors Not to Work on Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Dub
It’s hitting the anime news world that last year The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (a.k.a. SAG-AFTRA) put out a statement telling their actors not to work for the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai dub. SAG-AFTRA is a labor union.
In their statement, SAG-AFTRA wrote,
“Please be advised that Ocean Media, the producer of the English-language dubbing series Dragon Quest: Legend of Dai [Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai] has refused to execute a basic minimum agreement that is in full force and effect for work with respect to this series. As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services for this production until further notice. Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on Dragon Quest: Legend of Dai may be considered a violation of Global Rule One.
Therefore, all SAG-AFTRA members are hereby informed that no member may accept work or appear on the above production. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.”
Elsewhere on their site, they explain:
“Global Rule One states: No member shall render any services or make an agreement to perform services for any employer who has not executed a basic minimum agreement with the union, which is in full force and effect, in any jurisdiction in which there is a SAG-AFTRA national collective bargaining agreement in place. This provision applies worldwide.
Simply put, a SAG-AFTRA member must always work under a union contract around the globe.”
English dub actors typically do not get the same payment or treatment as other voice-over actors.
“Employers are conditioned to believe that any actor who asks for too much can easily be replaced with someone else,” voice actor Kyle McCarley remarked in a recent interview about union anime dubs. “But when we have the support of all our peers, we can stand firm on certain minimum requirements without fear of being replaced.”
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