Thesps no long restricted to making 'minor contributions'

LONDON — Blighty producers’ org Pact has settled its long-running standoff with thesp union Equity over the use of actors in factual programs.

Under the deal, which takes effect immediately, thesps are no longer restricted to making a “minor contribution” to a factual program.

Producers can engage actors for up to four days on programs where the factual content does not exceed 50% of the running time.

Rights packages now allow a buyout of all media world rights, excluding U.S. webs, and an option to add U.K. secondary TV rights.

Pact chief exec John McVay said, “The growth over the past few years in the quantity and quality of factual programs using drama has highlighted the shortcomings of the provisions in the 2004 agreement.

“We wanted to create terms that all Pact members would regard as fair, but allow them to continue to offer a rich diversity of programming to broadcasters and co-production partners.”

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