On October 11, 2018, the members of UDA (Union des artistes, Quebec’s labour organisation representing stage, radio, television, and film performers in French-language productions) held a sectoral assembly at which they endorsed a tentative agreement between UDA and the province’s digital experiences producers’ association, Xn Quebec. The agreement was ratified on December 10, 2018.
Highlights of the agreement (renewed for two years)
Rate increases are 5% at the signing of the agreement and 4% in the second year of the agreement. It is worth noting that a 1.3% increase had already been granted in January 2018.
A major change in residual rights was made, with fee payments releasing rights for:
- Closed circuits
- Public spaces
- Client web sites for one year
Additional rights may now be acquired only for periods of 2, 5 or 10 years. Rates for most options have risen (see the rights grid to find out more).
Upon expiry of the agreement, the parties will evaluate the tangible benefits achieved through changes to the residual rights grid. To assess these results, the parties will take into account variables such as the number of contracts that were implemented, the number of artists hired as part of these contracts, total fees, all rights, and any other information they believe to be relevant. If the results are deemed to be inconclusive, UDA may request that the former rights grid be reinstated.
Half-day (4 hours)
Producers may now hire your services for a field assignment for a half-day, which is equivalent to 4 hours. The half-day rate is equal to 65% of the full-day, 8-hour rate, that is, at contract signing, an amount equal to $422. The hourly rate for overtime is set at $122.
Your call-up must come between 7 AM and 8 PM, failing which, the full-day, 8-hour rate applies.
Child artist fund
In the case of members aged under 18 who are hired by producers, 25% of the fee will be paid in their name to the child artist fund.
The various articles relating to harassment have been upgraded, including the definition of harassment, the responsibility of the parties involved, and the timeline for filing a grievance.
Certain conditions were negotiated for the use of excerpts by not-for-profit organisations. These conditions are essentially the same as in the agreement with AQPM (Quebec’s association for film, TV, and web production companies). Artist authorisation is required for the use of excerpts.
Clothing and make-up
Limits and compensation were set for requests involving multiple and required changes to clothing and make-up.
Call-up information in the contract
Call-up date and place must now appear in the contract or sent to UDA as soon as they are available (this information allows us to plan visits to sets and stages).
General upgrade and increased amount for accommodations in Toronto.
WHEN TO USE THE UDA AGREEMENT
Let us suppose that your clients have called on you to produce promotional, information or training assets for transmission in a closed circuit, in public spaces or online. For this type of production, you would like to call on professional artists (narrators, actors, and others). Since September 2004, a collective agreement between Regroupement des producteurs multimédia (RPM) and Union des artistes (UDA) has governed the hiring of artists for multimedia productions. The agreement covers all types of “corporate” and “institutional” productions on video or interactive multimedia platforms that are not designed for retail sale or for broadcast (radio, television, film theatres or general DVD release) or for webcast. The agreement does not cover the use of advertisements, which is covered by a separate agreement between Association des producteurs conjoints (APC) and UDA. RPM members must pay dues equal to 3% of fee and residual-right payments (before taxes) using the UDA/RPM form, which they must send to RPM. Non-member producers may use the agreement upon payment of service charges set at $100 plus taxes.
To find out more about the UDA agreement or the resolution of grievances following a contract signing, Xn Quebec members may contact Xn Quebec at email@example.com.
- See the agreement in full (in French)
- See rates
You must produce for your clients promotional, informational or training documents circulating in closed-circuit, public spaces or online? You want to hire professional artists (narrators, actors and others) for this type of production?
Since September 2004, a collective agreement between Xn Quebec and the Union des artistes (UDA) governs the hiring of artists for commissioned multimedia works. It covers any form of “corporate” or “institutional” production on video support or interactive multimedia that isn’t intended for retail sale or broadcasting markets (radio, television, movie theatre or DVD intended for the general public) and webcasting. Also excluded are advertisements governed by the agreement between the Association des producteurs conjoints (APC) and the UDA.
The members of Xn Quebec are required to pay a contribution to Xn Québec equivalent to 3% of the total fees and residuals (before taxes) using the UDA/RPM remittance form, then send it to RPM.
Non-member producers can use the agreement for a service fee of $100 + taxes.
For any information request regarding the UDA agreement or to resolve grievances following the signing of a contract, Xn Quebec members can contact Xn Quebec at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Make sure that your production is covered by the agreement. To that end, consult the collective agreement.
2. Request a contract
Contact the UDA to obtain a contract request form at 514 288-6682, ext. 1014, or via email at email@example.com. Producers who aren’t members of Xn Quebec must also sign an agreement with the UDA.
Fill in the contract request form. It is possible to request several copies of contracts simultaneously.
3. Fill in the contract
Fill in the Engagement Contract. You must also determine the type of performances (on-camera or off-camera), the rate and the negotiated surplus (if applicable) and, where appropriate, the residual rights for the use of the work in a public space (public or commercial place: train, bus, hotel, store, lounge, museum, etc.) or on the Internet.
Fill in the Remittance Form for the Caisse de sécurité des artistes. It will be sent to you in Excel format by the UDA.
Fill in the Form for the Acquisition of Residual Rights.
Fill in the Form for the Transfer of Rights, if applicable.
4. Return to the UDA and to the artists all contracts and forms, as well as the payment of fees and contributions, in accordance with the time limits and terms stipulated in Article 4-4.01 of the agreement.
5. Grievance administration
In the case of disputes or disagreements in relation to the interpretation or application of the Xn Quebec-UDA collective agreement, a producer who is a member of Xn Quebec can count on the support of his association to express their views and, if necessary, defend them during the grievance process.
Non-member producers must resort to their own means and deal directly with the UDA.