SAG-AFTRA Issues “Do Not Work” Order Against Essential Audiobooks –

SAG-AFTRA on Friday asked its members to stop work for essential audiobooks for “failure to pay actors.” The guild filed a complaint and then went to arbitration, but it says the company has not responded to communications from the guild or the American Arbitration Association.

“Following the favorable award by the arbitrator, SAG-AFTRA filed for judgment in the New York State Supreme Court and subsequently enforced the judgment against Kathryn O’Brien and Essential Audiobooks,” Guild said, noting that that on May 5 it notified the audiobook producer that it was exercising its right under the contract to terminate its contract on 90 days’ notice.

O’Brien, the company’s CEO and editor-in-chief, is one of its most prominent readers Pride and Prejudice of Little Women And The Lost World. The company was reached by but its phone number is not in service.

“Until today,” the guild says to him. website“There has been no response from Essential Audiobooks and the arbitration and subsequent court awards have not been satisfied. Thus, with the unanimous support of the SAG-AFTRA Audiobook Steering Committee, the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors has voted to issue a ‘contract, no work’ order against Essential Audiobooks, LLC.

“Therefore, SAG-AFTRA members are notified that no member may accept employment with this company until his contractual obligations are paid in full, and that SAG-AFTRA and A new agreement shall be entered into between Essential Audiobooks, LLC., and violation of this order may result in disciplinary action pursuant to the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.

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