No Strike on Horizon for AFTRA

The Hollywood Reporter writes that after working late into Tuesday night, AFTRA reached a tentative deal Wed. morning with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers for a three year primetime TV contract.

Included in the deal is the continued consent of using actors clips outside the scope of promotional use, an issue that was a major stumbling block for both sides during the negotiations, which started May 7.

In the area of new media, AFTRA struck a similar deal to the WGA and DGA contracts but left by the wayside its attempts, like the other unions, to get increases in the DVD area.

The contract covers a dozen shows in primetime and cable, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Flight of the Conchords” and “Rules of Engagement,” and must be approved by AFTRA’s national board and ratified by its members before taking effect. The current contract expires June 30.

The tentative agreement includes establishing jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet and in new media as well as creating a new residual structure for paid Internet downloads which AFTRA says significantly increases the current rates and establishes a residual platform for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the web.

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