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Equal provision HMU Clause – PMA Diverse Squad

By Mildred Yuan
Equal provision HMU Clause – PMA Diverse Squad

Dear PMA Colleagues,

We are happy to report some progress on the HMU clause that we have all been fighting to get into actor’s agreements.

1) Sky has accepted the following wording for all of their contracts going forward:

There will be a meaningful consultation between the Actor and Hair & Make up. Production will provide a hair and makeup stylist(s) with knowledge and experience of working with afro textured hair and darker skin tones; and ensure that the makeup artist will have a reasonable selection of makeup which is actually suited to darker skin tones.

Alternatively production will cover the cost of the Artist using a hair stylist, barber or makeup artist of their choice should the Production not be able to provide personnel who meet the required needs for the Artist. Costs will be subject to meaningful consultation with the Artist.

2) ITV Studios has accepted the following wording for all of their contracts going forward:

There will be a meaningful consultation between the Actor and Hair & Make up. Production will provide a hair and makeup stylist(s) with knowledge and experience of working with afro textured hair and darker skin tones; and ensure that the makeup artist will have a reasonable selection of makeup which is actually suited to darker skin tones.

Both are great wins, and we thank everyone for continuing to fight the good fight. Predictably, the issue for most producers is the idea of uncontrollable costs implied if they are not able to provide the right HMU support.

We have currently batted the ball back to ITV Studios on what they intend to do in the scenario that provision is not made for an artist on set, and other commissioners such as the BBC, Amazon and STV are also considering what might be a feasible alternative as they have the same concern about costs.

The PACT/Equity negotiations for the TV agreement are also now underway, and Cathy Sweet has pledged her support in getting a version of the clause into the TV agreement and will shortly be sharing with us her version, so we will keep everyone posted.

Fingers crossed and thanks to all of you!

P.S. TimesUp UK has gotten behind our campaign with a launch at Cannes Film Festival this week. Read the Deadline article here and please share to raise awareness: https://deadline.com/2024/05/naomie-harris-lashana-lynch-times-up-uk-campaign-hair-makeup-black-actors-1235920373/

All best wishes,

The PMA Diverse Squad (Sharon, Dawn, Mildred, Sara, Ikki, Julianna, Keana and Ebun)