Producers of Surviving the Cartel hope to lift greater than $130,000 in an audition contest for 33 roles on the yet-to-be-produced streaming TV sequence. The producers at 1265 Films name their online contest “hybrid casting” however insist that it’s not an unlawful “pay to play” scheme as a result of actors who hope to be voted onto the sequence – at $3.50 a vote – can’t vote for themselves, although their family and friends members can, as many as 50 occasions every.
On Monday, SAG-AFTRA, which had expressed concern in regards to the present’s casting mannequin, issued a “Do Not Work Notice,” telling members that they can’t work on the present. The firm says the sequence, a survival story informed from three totally different views, will shoot this summer season and air by itself pay-per-view platform.
SAG-AFTRA Tells Members Not To Work On ‘Surviving The Cartel’, Which Uses ‘Hybrid’ Casting
According to the phrases and situations of the online audition contest, after actors submit their audition movies, their supporters can vote for them, with the primary actor to obtain 1,150 votes for every of the 33 roles profitable a task as a visitor star or day participant on the present. At $3.50 a vote, that involves $4,025 per position. And with 33 roles being auctioned off, that involves $132,825. The ultimate tally could possibly be even larger as a result of cash spent on votes for actors who fail to obtain the qualifying 1,150 votes won’t be refunded.
According to the foundations of the competition, “The winner contestant picked by our voters will be compensated as follows: $350 per day for union performers and $250 per day for nonunion performers. Travel, hotel and meal expenses will be provided.” But since operating afoul of SAG-AFTRA, the producers say that they gained’t be hiring any of the union’s members.
According to the foundations:
“Voter(s) vote for his or her favourite contestant by buying the variety of votes of their selection. Contestants who’re the primary to succeed in the minimal of 1,150 votes will win position. Only one position is allowed by contestant. The financial portion of the vote is $3.50 per vote to assist, however not restricted to, sustaining the platform, selling and showcasing actors’ expertise.
“Vote might be stopped for the contestant who first reached the minimal vote of 1,150 votes. Voters have a restrict of fifty votes per contestants and contestants CANNOT vote for themselves. Votes for different contestants in competitors for a similar position who haven’t reached the minimal vote first to win the position can’t be transferable to the following contestants, reallocate, fractioned or refunded.
“The purchase of vote beyond 1,150 minimum votes for a contestant DOES NOT enhance chance of winning. ONLY contestants reaching first the minimum votes of 1150 will win the role. All online votes may be submitted using a valid credit card…Only valid, authorized credit card transactions will be considered as a legitimate vote…All authorized credit card transactions are non-cancellable and non-refundable. If your credit card is declined for any reason, no vote will be submitted on your behalf.”
Read the complete phrases and situations here.
SAG-AFTRA, in its “Do Not Work Notice,” famous that it had “previously sent out a casting notice to its members in good faith with the understanding that production would be moving forward with the signatory process. After SAG-AFTRA sent out the casting notice to its members, SAG-AFTRA became aware of the details of production’s intended casting model. After SAG-AFTRA expressed concerns about this model, production advised that it would proceed as a non-union production. SAG-AFTRA made every effort to work with production on the issue to get this project covered under our contracts.”
Ely Bams, the present’s creator and principal behind 1265 Films, informed Deadline that after SAG-AFTRA realized in regards to the present’s “hybrid casting,” he bought a name from a union rep who informed him that “if we don’t shut down the ‘hybrid casting’ process, they would not allow Surviving the Cartel to be shot under a SAG agreement.” And when the union issued its “Do Not Work Notice” on Monday, he mentioned that “we called and asked the SAG actors who were already attached to the project to leave the project.”
Bams insisted that this isn’t an unlawful pay-to-play scheme as a result of actors are usually not paying for jobs on the present, despite the fact that their family and friends members may be.
“As you are now aware, the film industry establishment is not welcoming of this new hybrid casting and is actively running a campaign to portray us as a ‘pay to play’ scam,” he mentioned. “As clearly stated in our terms and conditions, contestants cannot vote for themselves. Our audience strongly stands by us and finds value in impacting and witnessing the making of movie stars. We believe that unknown actors and upcoming actors should be given a chance to showcase their talent to the people that matter the most: the audience.”
He added: “Hybrid casting is a course of that includes casting lead, and supporting actors historically, whereas providing the chance to unknown and unseen actors to be picked by the viewers – most people – for day-player and visitor star roles. It’s designed to provide a chance to unknown and upcoming actors to get a task and be a part of the making. This match the slogan of our streaming platform 1265+ (coming in early 2022) – ‘Don’t simply watch reveals, be part of their making.’
“To assist this course of now we have created 1265 Cast and Crew, the primary hybrid forged choice and voting base tech platform that enables actors to simply jump-start their careers by profitable visitor star and day participant roles in TV reveals, and movies produced by 1265 Films. Our hybrid forged idea and the platform are ‘patent’ pending. The platform is just a casting instrument for visitor star and day-player roles to audition for an opportunity to win a task by way of an online audition contest.
“Our mission is to empower great actors, unseen talents who have been forgotten by the Hollywood system, ignored by casting directors, agents, or managers, and who have been unfairly cut by the casting politics that goes most of the time behind the curtain. This platform makes it easier for actors to jump-start their careers – while offering to the audience the fun experience of noticing the birth of future movie stars.”
Despite those that “attacked the monetary portion of the vote,” he mentioned that the “this platform will remain alive because voters agreed that the monetary portion of their vote is used, but not limited to, maintain, promote, create traffic and visibility for the unknown actors’ work offering them the exposure needed to jump-start their career. Filmmaking – acting – is a very tough industry. For actors there is a Catch-22 in the business: you can’t get work without a good reel, and you can’t get a good reel without getting good work.”