Wednesday, 10 June 2009

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD IN NEW HOLLYWOOD DEAL ...

Officials at the Screen Actors Guild have voted in favour of a new deal with Hollywood's major studios after almost a year of tense negotiations over pay.

Members agreed on a new two-year-deal that would cover payment for films and TV shows, but not the internet appearances - which was one of the main points of contention throughout negotiations.

The deal will raise actors' pay by 3 per cent as part of the agreed £64 million package of benefits.
In April, both parties shook hands over a new agreement - while A-list stars George Clooney and Tom Hanks urged their fellow union members to get behind the deal.

However, despite the agreement going through, Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg has shown his disapproval for the terms - dismissing it as "devastatingly unsatisfactory".
Rosenberg, who is also an actor, has called on his members to prepare themselves for another battle with studios when the deal ends in 2011.

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