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SAG/AFTRA, Video Game Producers Call in Mediator to Settle Contract

Negotiators for SAG/AFTRA and the video game companies have called in a federal mediator to help them achieve a contract resolution, an informed source said Wednesday.

The performers’ union announced Monday that unless the negotiators reached a deal by Friday, the union would go on strike.

The two sides began negotiations on a new contract 18 months ago but have been unable to reach agreement on the terms of the new deal.

The voice actors have been working under a contract that expires at the end of 2014.

Companies that would have been struck include Activision Publishing; Blindlight; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices; Electronic Arts Productions; Formosa Interactive; Insomniac Games; Interactive Associates; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions; and WB Games. The companies warned earlier this week that a strike would deny work to SAG-AFTRA’s membership and give an advantage to competitors who have not signed an agreement to employ union actors.

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