August 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Coral Gables, FL – Trying to gain support for its drive to organize actors at the Spanish-language network Telemundo, SAG-AFTRA has recruited Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose Diaz and United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats to join its political advisory committee.
Telemundo, based in Miami and owned by NBC-Universal, is the largest employer of Spanish-language talent in the United States, the union says, but its performers lack “many of the basics that are standard in English-language television,” such as the minimum salaries, health benefits, meal breaks, and residual payments for rebroadcasts that SAG-AFTRA members at NBC get. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris charged Aug. 3 that Telemundo is “treating its Spanish-language talent as second-class citizens” and “has actively employed tactics to dissuade talent from obtaining union protections.” “We think it's important to provide a solid platform from which future generations of professional Spanish-language actors can successfully build from and succeed in the United States,” said Mexican-born actor Christian de la Campa, a rising telenovela star. Read more