Actors Settle Commercial Contract
Though only 28% of the gianormous SAG/AFTRA union combo actually voted, the new three year commercial contract passed by almost 94%. The percentage of ballot returns was pretty much par for the course, but this was an unusally high ratification level. Whether the results will spill over into the film and television contract vote in June remains to be seen.
Variety reports that the new ad deal–providing the first-ever payment structure for ads for the Internet and new media, which goes into effect in the third year–will
generate more than $108 million in increased earnings, including $24 million in increased contributions to the unions’ health and pension funds.
Ballots were sent out Tuesday to 110,000 SAG members to ratify the feature-primetime contract which has been the source of rancor for almost a year and which just last night drove former SAG president Ed Asner to go all Godwins, invoking the Holocaust to describe the impact of the tentative deal, which is a pretty gross overstatement–and yeah, a fellow member rebuked the comparison.
Celebs in attendence included Patricia Heaton, board members Clancy Brown, Gabrielle Carteris, Frances Fisher, Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxlietner. Carteris–best known as brainy Andrea Zuckerman-Vasquez on the original Beverly Hills 90210–recently appeared in a video in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.