SAG reaches trio of TV deals

Guild signs three-year pacts for basic cable live action, animation

The Screen Actors Guild has reached tentative three-year agreements on a trio of pacts — basic cable live-action, basic cable animation and TV animation.

SAG, which made the announcement Thursday, said terms of the three deals mirror those in the new primetime-feature deal — which includes a 2% annual wage hike, an increase in the contribution rates for pension and health from 15% to 16.5% and elimination of the requirement that members travel first class when they’re required to fly to sets.

As with the feature-primetime deal, SAG provided only a minimum of details in the announcement. The guild still hasn’t officially confirmed that it agreed to ditch the first-class travel provision, saying only that the terms of the travel provisions had been “modified.”

The current SAG contracts expire on June 30. The new three-year agreement will be effective from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.

Unlike the feature-primetime deal, which requires ratification by the national board and by SAG members, the cable and animation deals will require approval by the national board — which will then decide whether to send out the contracts for member ratification.

SAG reached its deal on feature-primetime early Sunday after six weeks of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. It negotiated jointly with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists on the primetime part of the deal.

SAG began formal negotiations on the cable and animation contracts on Monday at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks and completed the deals on Wednesday.

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