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Monday, June 02, 2008

AFTRA Signs Labor Deal with AMPTP

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has signed a labor agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). AFTRA is a smaller union than the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), 70,000 compared to 120,000 respectively. Contracts for both unions are set to expire on June 30th. About 44,000 members have dual membership. The deal would:

1) Preserve performance consent for the use of their TV clips as online entertainment (exact mechanism for giving and withholding consent will be worked out later).

2) Include increases in the residual payments earned by actors from internet downloads of TV shows and for online streaming of those programs

3) Higher wages for work in traditional media. (Reuters News Agency)
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