Musicians Union, Networks Reach TV Deal

The American Federation of Musicians has reached a TV videotape agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC that covers variety shows like American Idol and latenight TV. The new three-year deal includes wage increases; increased pension, health and welfare contributions; and new media provisions requiring residuals when TV shows are used or reused in webcasts or online.

Musicians Union Slams TV Networks

The American Federation of Musicians’ complaint is that its performers haven’t been given a pay raise or healthcare increases in seven years on live-audience network shows. So the AFM is protesting outside The Tonight Show, Dancing With The Stars, Today, Good Morning America, The Late Show With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live.