SAG asks actors not to participate in Michael Jackson documentary

MUMBAI: The Screen Actors Guild has warned union members not to participate in the upcoming documentary about Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour.

The producer of the theatrical motion picture This Is It is not yet signed to an agreement with Screen Actors Guild covering the terms and conditions for performers and background actors employed on the picture.

Sony Pictures purchased rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage filmed at the Los Angeles Staples Center from concert promoters AEG Live, as Jackson was preparing for his London tour. Sony is planning a two-week run beginning in late October.

The SAG issued a statement which reads, "Guild members are reminded of their obligation not to accept employment on any non-signatory project, as well as their obligation to confirm with the guild that a project is signatory. Employment on any non-signatory project within the guild’s jurisdiction may subject a member to a Rule One violation."

The union did not have any jurisdiction over the rehearsals or behind-the-scenes footage during filming, but since it is now being made into a documentary movie, they are warning their members not to get involved.