May 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – SAG-AFTRA has warned members that advertising agency Grey Global may be producing non-union ads through a little-known company called 23 Townhouse.
The performers union said in an alert sent to its 160,000 members April 28 that it has “serious concerns” Grey Global may be “avoiding its commitment to the wages, terms and conditions in the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts.” A spokesperson for the New York-based ad agency, whose clients include Volvo, Lean Cuisine, and the computer-security company Norton, denied the allegations, saying they had “no merit.” The union alert asked members to report anything they knew about 23 Townhouse productions. SAG-AFTRA members are currently voting on whether to ratify a three-year contract with the ad industry that would increase the minimum wage for performers in commercials by 7%. Read more