« This is a strong and forward-looking agreement with significant benefits for our members, » said Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA. « It applies scalar wages to more productions, lowers budget thresholds for HBSVOD programs by half an hour, and provides additional funds for the use of interstical programs in new media. » The contract, which came into effect on July 1 and is in effect until June 30, 2023, has similarities to SAG-AFTRA`s new television and theatre contract. The union said the deal includes a 26 percent improvement in the residue of high-budget animation programs for subscription streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. It provides for a reduction in the budget threshold, which triggers high budget coverage for half-hour animated programs for subscription streaming services, from $550,000 to $500,000; and applies modulating salaries to video-on-demand programs with a non-high budget subscription of 11 minutes or more with a budget of at least $25,000 per minute. This means that 11-minute animated programs for subscription streaming services – a standard length for some shows – must pay a scale at a budget level of only $275,000. The new deal also includes a payout gain for interstitial bits – animated programs lasting less than two minutes – and increases the required cycle payments from 5.4% to 20% in exchange for the inclusion of new media as an approved exposure platform. The new three-year contract, which must be approved by the SAG-AFTRA Executive Committee, is retroactive to July 1 and runs until June 30, 2023. The performers` union said the terms of the agreement include the benefits in its recently ratified master`s contract for feature film and primetime TV. If approved by the committee, the agreement will be subject to ratification by the « relevant members » who collaborated on the treaty. Tv animation contracts expired on June 30, but were extended until July 30. The performers` union, SAG-AFTRA, has ratified a three-year television animation contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with 87.68 per cent in favour and 12.32 per cent against.