You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tariff petition allies push Canadian talks

Negotiations alternative to penalties imposed on film, TV producers

HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers.

Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their ongoing efforts to bring pressure on Canada to stop luring U.S. producers through subsidies.

A rep for Zoellick, who is the chief U.S. negotiator in trade talks with other nations, said he had not seen the filing but noted that such moves usually trigger a 45-day review period, during which the USTR will decide whether to proceed with negotiations.

The move comes in this week’s decision to withdraw the petition for a federal probe on the legality of Canuck film and TV subsidies with plans to refile in a month or two with more-detailed info on the entertainment biz.

“We’re continuing to look for ways to do something about the loss of jobs,” said Brent Swift, head of the Film & Television Action Committee. “This is something that’s being taken very seriously in Washington.”

Swift reported he had received positive responses in meetings this week with staffers from powerful House Ways & Means Committee chief Bill Thomas (R.-Calif.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R.-Texas), along with leaders of the AFL-CIO and Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters.

More Biz

  • Darcus Beese

    Darcus Beese of Island Records U.K. to Take Helm at U.S. Label: Sources

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

  • Netflix placeholder

    Netflix Stock Slips After Streamer Announces $1.9 Billion Junk-Bond Offering

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

  • Bill Cosby departs after his sexual

    Bill Cosby's Defense Lawyer Calls Accuser 'Pathological Liar'

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

  • Merger Mayhem

    Merger Mayhem: Media Companies Scramble to Bulk Up in Order to Survive

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

  • Bruce Springsteen and Patti SmithWorld Premiere

    Bruce Springsteen Joins Patti Smith on Stage at Tribeca 'Horses' Premiere

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

  • Hulu Live TV Package

    APOS: Asian Video Market Set for Strong Growth (Study)

    HOLLYWOOD — Backers of the delayed countervailing tariffs petition have asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to launch negotiations with the Canadian government as an alternative to imposing penalties on film & TV producers. Reps for the coalition of entertainment industry workers filed a Section 301 petition with the USTR as part of their […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content