Monday, April 30th, 2018 #MEAAEquity
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If you're considering changing agent, or securing representation for the first time, make sure you read your contract carefully.
In particular, pay close attention to:
•Termination clauses. How much notice are you expected to give? Under what circumstances can you leave? Under what circumstances can the agent stop representing you? Does it seem fair and balanced?
•Commission. How much commission will the agent take? If they are taking over 10%, are they providing additional management services?
•Over all, are the obligations and responsibilities of both the agent and the actor balanced and fair?
•Expenses clauses. What expenses can the agent claim from your income without notice?

Don't hesitate to contact MEAA for advice before signing a management or representation contract. A copy of MEAA's recommended representation contract can be found here.


What do you want to say?

Here are some suggestions about the kinds of things you might want to include in your submission:
  • What is the media like where you live? How much diversity/concentration of media is there in your area? How important to you is media diversity and having a wide range of voices and opinions? Will the takeover reduce competition/diversity in the Australian media sector?
  • What Fairfax and Nine publications and programs do you consume? What attracted you to them in the first place, and what do they mean to you/your family/household? What will be the impact of the takeover on the choice and range of media you consume?
  • How distinct is Fairfax journalism – what makes it different?  Describe a story or stories published by Fairfax over the years which have made a difference to you/had an impact on you/changed the way you think? What would your life/community be like without the journalism that Fairfax produces?
  • Who are the Fairfax journalists you always read/trust?
  • How important is fearless, independent journalism? What will be the impact of the takeover on investigative journalism and does it increase the risk of that independence being compromised by the commercial interests of the proprietor or its advertisers?
  • What else do you think the ACCC should consider when ruling on this takeover, and what would you like the ACCC to do?