The Canadian performers strike is close to resolution. ACTRA and representatives of Canadian and US producers reached a tentative deal Friday. Both sides cautioned that the deal is subject to ratification but observers suggest this latest round of negotiation will stick.
ACTRA went on strike on January 8, the first time in the union's 64-year history. The principal issue was new media rights. Performers were concerned they would be bypassed in the revenue streams of the future while producers objected they would be paying for something that has no current value.
The dispute was seen as a harbinger for conflict between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) in October 2008.
On that score, the new deal seems to favour the performers, at least according to Stephen Waddell, ACTRA national executive director and chief negotiator. 'Canadian actors are big winners in the deal we reached today,' he said.
Residuals will be due to performers on internet use from 'first dollar'.A 'reopener' provision in the new Independent Production Agreement will allow ACTRA to 'seek further improved internet terms should SAG achieve them'. Performers will also see a ten per cent increase over three years.
The strike will remain in effect until the tentative agreement is ratified by all parties.