Thousands of hours of television programming are becoming available to rerun on digital networks and cable channels after new residual agreements between studios and Hollywood’s three largest unions. The shows now freed from “residual gridlock” include old broadcast series like Charlie’s Angels and The Flying Nun and newer made-for-cable programs like Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.
SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative deal with production companies for a three-year master contract covering movie and primetime TV work. The performers union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached the agreement late Thursday following nearly two months of negotiations — and three 24-hour extensions of the contract expiration.
The new extension of the Area Standards Agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers runs through July 31, 2015 and includes 2% annual wage increases and an increase in health plan contributions of $5 per day in each year of the three-year agreement (i.e., $5/day the first year, $10/day the second, and $15/day the third).
Hollywood’s film and TV writers will begin negotiations with the major studios on a new film and TV contract this week. The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced in a joint statement that talks on a new three-year contract would begin Thursday. The guild’s current contract expires May 1.