The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors met in Los Angeles over the weekend and approved an eligibility program for stunt directors.

The program, set to launch in 2020, will permit prospective stunt coordinators to apply for inclusion on SAG-AFTRA’s online registry after demonstrating that they have completed 500 working days, SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. The program also includes a volunteer mentoring program and an apprentice coordinator program.

In addition, President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White are scheduling meetings with stunt coordinators to discuss safety issues, according to the statement.

In other business, the board during its plenary Saturday and Sunday unanimously approved the 2014 Producer-SAG AFTRA Television Animation Agreement and the 2014 Producer-SAG AFTRA Basic Cable Agreement for Animated Motion Pictures and the recently negotiated Sound Recordings Code.

“The development of the Stunt Coordinator Minimum General Standards Eligibility Process Guideline is a landmark achievement that will enhance skills training and ultimately help employers ensure set safety,” Carteris said. “I want to congratulate the stunt community and in particular National Stunt Committee Chair Cort Hessler for their help in developing this program.

“I also want to congratulate the Sound Recording Code and Animation Contract negotiating committee members and staff on their great work in bargaining strong contracts with meaningful gains for members working in these evolving spaces.”

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals.

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