Oz thesps nix non-union ads

Screen Producers Assn. of Australia sez pact not sound

SYDNEY — Australian actors resolved Monday to blacklist all offshore-sourced commercials shot Down Under after the producers’ guild ended the pact covering that sector on Sunday.

The strike will chiefly affect U.S.-sourced commercials.

The Screen Producers Assn. of Australia said the pact was not economically sound.

Simon Whipp, national director of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Equity division, accused producers of refusing to negotiate and trying to skirt the rules by casting non-union members.

“Performers have responded to these bully-boy tactics by refusing to attend the castings and gearing up to picket any future ones,” he said. “Not all producers support SPAA, and we will continue to work with those producers to reach agreements on which performers can work.”

He said sister guilds including SAG, Canada’s ACTRA and Equity U.K. are supporting MEAA’s action.

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