One down, a whopper to go.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has OK'd a tentative deal with Hollywood studios on a new three-year contract, a first step in avoiding an industrywide actors' strike this summer.
The union said this morning that the deal focuses on new media paychecks, establishing fees for content streamed and downloaded over the Internet and covering the use of actors' voices and images in online clips.
The AFTRA deal only covers a few TV shows—including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, Flight of the Conchords and Reaper, as well as the new sitcoms Project Gary, Harper's Island and Roman's Empire—and must still be ratified by the union's members.
"This is another groundbreaking agreement for AFTRA," the union's national president Roberta Reardon said in a statement. "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."