[UPDATE 9:57 AM Monday: A Telemundo spokesperson issued the following statement: “While Telemundo is not a signatory to an agreement with SAG-AFTRA for this production, it respects SAG-AFTRA’s working rules that prohibit a member from accepting employment on a program by a producer that has not signed an agreement with SAG-AFTRA. Nonetheless, Telemundo is open to discussing this issue with any performer on the 2015 Latin American Music Awards who informs us they are a SAG-AFTRA member.”]
SAG-AFTRA is advising its members that the inaugural 2015 Latin American Music Awards on Telemundo is off limits. The union says SOMOS Productions has failed to ink an agreement for the October 8 show at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, which means that SAG-AFTRA members accepting employment in any category, from host to singers, dancers and presenters, would be subject to union discipline.
The two-hour awards show, a Spanish-language version of Dick Clark Productions’ American Music Awards, is set to include performances in both Spanish and English. Like the traditional AMAs, the Latin iteration will hand out awards based on public voting results. Among the artists nominated are Nicky Jam (pictured here, and leading with six nominations), Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Romeo Santos, Calibre 50, Paulina Rubio and Gloria Trevi.
Telemundo will cover the two-hour event live beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with a one-hour red carpet special beginning at 8 p.m. SAG-AFTRA notified its members via an alert on Saturday about the union’s position.