AFTRA’s code contract talks over until Nov. 6

Current 3-year TV deal to expire November 15

Negotiators for the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists have pulled the plug on early talks on the union’s network code contract and will resume bargaining Nov. 6 in Gotham.

AFTRA and reps of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers made the announcement last week, after two days of negotiations in Los Angeles.

“While AFTRA had hoped to successfully negotiate a fair contract in Los Angeles within an expedited time frame, it became clear over the last two days that we would better serve our members by engaging in comprehensive negotiations in November,” said union spokeswoman Pamm Fair.

Meetings will go on

AFTRA, which faces a Nov. 15 expiration of the current three-year TV deal, said its negotiating committee will continue meeting to evaluate the AMPTP proposal.

The rescheduling came in spite of previous indications by AFTRA execs that they were aiming to wrap up a new contract without going to New York next month. Execs did not provide details about the talks, and neither side has yet disclosed its proposal. Current three-year pact expires Nov. 15.

“AFTRA performers and broadcasters will continue to provide news, entertainment and information, as they have throughout our country’s current crisis,” Fair said.

The net code pact covers programs for primetime nondramatic and syndicated programs, newsmagazine shows, daytime dramas, variety shows, gamers and yakkers, sports programs and promotional announcements. Annual earnings under the contract top $400 million.

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