AMPTP wraps deal with casting crew

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The AMPTP has inked another deal with a union, this time with casting directors and casting associates, and suggested that the latest contract is an indication that Hollywood is indeed back to work.

"The casting director agreement is the fifth labor pact negotiated by the producers so far this year, and along with four major guild agreements with AFTRA, WGA and DGA, the latest indication that our industry is now back to work," the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said Friday.

The statement is a gentle reminder that SAG has yet to accept the AMPTP's final offer, which was presented to the guild's negotiating committee June 30.

Since then, no official negotiating sessions have taken place.

The AMPTP reached a tentative deal with the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters, which represents the casting directors, after three days of negotiations. Talks started Tuesday and concluded late Thursday.

This is the first contract renegotiation for the casting directors. In June 2005, members voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters, which completed an organizing process that included the threat of a strike.

In January 2006, the union approved its first union contract, which expires Sept. 30.(partialdiff)
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