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HOLLYWOOD — Miramax Films has signed a long-term agreement with the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and its Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Local 839 for work on animated features.

The deal was reached three months after talks were initiated and a few weeks after Miramax announced the acquisition of Brent Goldberg and David T. Wagner’s screenplay “A Horse’s Tale” for development into an animated feature. The duo most recently penned “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.”

Tooning up

“Miramax is known for quality live-action films and by signing with MPSC Local 839, they’re showing they plan to be known for quality animated films, too,” said Kevin Koch, Local 839 prexy. “We’re thrilled at their entry into animation and look forward to a long and healthy relationship.”

MPSC business rep Steve Hulett noted that IATSE has contracts covering animated feature work with Columbia Pictures, Disney, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.

“We’re pleased that Miramax is now in the animation business and doubly pleased that they’ve signed an IATSE contract that will extend union benefits to their animation employees,” he added.

Local 839’s last signing came in November, when it reached a deal with Bohbot Kids Network.