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Hollywood pact goes to union

Sun., June 8, 2008, midnight

LOS ANGELES – Leaders of Hollywood’s second-largest actors union approved a new contract with studios that grants actors more money for Internet work – an issue that sparked a crippling writers strike this year.

The board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists approved the three-year deal late Friday, and it will go to the union’s 70,000 members for ratification this month, the union said Saturday. The existing contract was set to end June 30.

The agreement “makes sense for all performers,” AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon said in the statement.

The deal covers only a few prime-time TV shows, including HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the CBS drama “Rules of Engagement” and ABC’s “Cashmere Mafia.”

The 120,000-member Screen Actors Guild, which is the larger and more combative of Hollywood’s two actor unions, continues to negotiate with the studios. It still has the power to shut down Hollywood film production.


 

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