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IATSE, Showtime pact

Union asserts deal will create new jobs for members

The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has signed an overall contract with Showtime for exclusive use of IATSE crews on original programming in the U.S. and Canada.

IATSE, which announced the pact Tuesday, has been seeking such a deal since Showtime began producing its own programming 23 years ago.

It asserted the deal will create hundreds of jobs for IATSE members, noting one successful Showtime series would employ an average of 75 members.

“This contract marks the beginning of what I see as a long and mutually beneficial relationship between Showtime and the IATSE to create pay cable product of the highest quality,” IATSE prexy Thomas C. Short said.

IATSE said the pact mirrors its arrangement with HBO Original Programming, signed in 1996, and creates a level playing field for both pay cable producers.

The union said the agreement places a significant portion of Canadian work under its jurisdiction, since much of Showtime’s original programming has been produced north of the border in the past. It also said the pact includes a provision for residuals on product produced for pay cable and later sold on video or DVD.

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