Casting directors pact with AMPTP

Tentative labor deal reached for new contract

Casting directors and associates have reached a tentative deal for a new three-year contract with studios and networks.

The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers made the announcement Friday, following three days of negotiations with reps for Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters. No details were announced about the deal, which still must be ratified at membership meetings in Los Angeles and New York before going into effect.

The deal comes with the Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP in a stalemate with no formal talks having taken place since mid-July, two weeks after the June 30 expiration of the guild’s feature-primetime pact.

“The casting director agreement is the fifth labor pact negotiated by the producers so far this year and, along with four major Guild agreements with AFTRA, WGA and DGA, the latest indication that our industry is now back to work,” the AMPTP noted.

The current deal with the Teamsters covers about 400 casting directors and associates in Los Angeles and New York. It’s set to expire Sept. 30.

Casting directors entered into their first contract with studios and networks in early 2006. The pact included pension and health contributions, holidays, grievance and arbitration procedures as well as no-strike and no-lockout provisions.

The casting directors are repped through Teamsters Local 399 in Los Angeles and Teamsters Local 817 in New York. Starting in 2003, the Teamsters spent three years in an effort to organize the casting directors, one of the few significant groups of Hollywood workers who had not been unionized.

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