Actors union & Hollywood producers reach tentative deal

MUMBAI: The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Screen Actors Guild have reached a tentative agreement on a new film and television contract.

Details of the agreement covering television programs and motion pictures will not be disclosed prior to review by the SAG national board of directors on 19 April, at a previously scheduled board meeting via video conference in Los Angeles and New York.

Screen Actors Guild’s negotiators will present the tentative agreement to the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors for approval and referral to the membership for ratification.

The tentative deal will replace a contract that expired on 30 June, 2008 after months of talks broke down over issues including how much actors should be paid for work delivered by new media, including the Internet and mobile phones, which are seen as a vital future distribution outlet.

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