Screen Actors Guild & AMPTP sign animation pact

MUMBAI: Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached agreement on the terms of new, two-year contracts covering Screen Actors Guild members working in Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation.

The Screen Actors Guild Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation Negotiating Committees national co-chair David Jolliffe said, "I am pleased to have resolved this agreement and appreciate the hard work of all of our negotiating committee members.  The committee worked tirelessly to give members across the country a voice in caucuses. Now, it’s time to look toward the future."

"The SAG animation community has a long history and a longstanding tradition of successfully completing negotiations. We are proud to say the tradition continues," said Screen Actors Guild National TV Animation and Basic Cable Animation Negotiating Committees co-chair Loren Lester.

"We welcome the ratification of these new agreements covering Screen Actors Guild talent in both broadcast animation and basic cable animation.  These contracts will help to ensure continued production and employment, which is especially critical in today’s economy," said the AMPTP.

The agreements are effective retroactive to 10 June , 2009 and will expire concurrently with the TV/Theatrical agreement on 30 June , 2011, and include:

* Effective annual wage increases of 3.0% retroactive to 10 June , 2009 and 3.5% one year later.

* A 0.5% increase in pension contributions, also retroactive to 10 June , 2009.

* New media terms reflect those negotiated under the TV/Theatrical agreement ratified in June 2009.

Other terms match those in the recently ratified TV/Theatrical agreement. Immediate ratification of the Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation contracts was recommended by the Screen Actors Guild Animation Negotiating Committee and approved by the Screen Actors Guild National Executive Committee and will not require a referendum.

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