New Deal Suggests Actors Strike Threat Is No More

A summer (08) actors strike in Hollywood appears to have been avoided after
studio bosses and officials at the American Federation of Television and Radio
Artists (AFTRA) signed a primetime deal in Los Angeles.

The new deal has prompted Screen Actors Guild bosses and other major acting
unions to resume talks with the studios.

AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers reached a
tentative three-year agreement early on Wednesday (28May08) after nine days of
heated talks about acting conditions and contracts.

The new deal covers royalties for TV programs which are downloaded and
streamed online and will go into effect later this summer (08).

Thrilled AFTRA president Roberta Reardon tells Daily Variety, “This is
another groundbreaking agreement for AFTRA.

“In addition to achieving meaningful gains in compensation and working
conditions for performers, it also establishes AFTRA jurisdiction in the
dynamic area of new media and it preserves performers’ consent for use of
excerpts of traditional TV shows in new media.

“This is a challenging time in the entertainment industry and this was a
tough negotiation. Our ability to achieve these crucial breakthroughs for
performers was a direct result of AFTRA members’ pragmatic approach to
collective bargaining.”



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