LOS ANGELES - Hollywood producers and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced a tentative three-year contract deal yesterday that puts more pressure on a larger actors union to do the same and avoid a crippling strike.
AFTRA said its deal establishes higher fees for downloaded content and residual payments for ad-supported streams and clips, while preserving actors' right of consent to online use of clips containing their images or voice.
"This was a tough negotiation," Roberta Reardon, president of the 70,000-member union, said in a statement. "We focused on creating a framework that would allow union members to participate fully in the emerging new media marketplace."
The deal came after the second late-night session in a row since bargaining began May 7. The agreement involves a handful of prime-time TV shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Rules of Engagement."
It will last through June 2011 if it is approved by AFTRA's board at a meeting June 6-7 and then ratified by members.
The larger of the two actors unions, the 120,000-member Screen Actors Guild, was set to resume its stalled talks with the studios yesterday.
SAG is negotiating on many of the same issues, with the use of online images a key sticking point. The current contracts of both actors unions are set to expire June 30.