Actors union makes deal with audiobook producer

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said it has reached an agreement with Rogue Valley audiobook producer BeeAudio

Under the new contract, audiobook narrators will be paid industry-standard rates ranging from $150 to $240 per completed hour of work. The deal affects the more than 200 audiobook professionals on the company's roster.

The union said the deal marked the 27th audiobook producer organized by SAG-AFTRA since 2008. Among the signatory companies is Audible, the largest producer in the market.

Last November, the union issued a "Do Not Work Notice" against BeeAudio, which the union says was producing books for various major publishers and paying half or less than half the industry standard rate to narrators.

BeeAudio founder and chief executive James Adams said in a statement the series of misunderstandings leading to the notice have been amicably resolved.

"We are in the middle of a publishing revolution, and that clearly involves audiobooks," Adams said. "It's vital that innovative entrepreneurial companies like BeeAudio and unions like SAG-AFTRA work together to steer a steady course for the benefit of the consumer, business and union members."

— Greg Stiles

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