ACTRA, advertisers extend commercial pact


TORONTO -- The Canadian actors union on Friday said it has a tentative deal to extend its commercial production pact with domestic advertisers for one more year.

ACTRA, which represents 21,000 performers, and the Association of Canadian Advertisers, have agreed to extend their current three-year National Commercial Agreement from July 1 to June 30, 2008.

The tentative deal will see ACTRA members receive a 3% raise in minimum day rates and a 1% raise in insurance contributions.

The ACA's board already has ratified the settlement terms. ACTRA said it will poll its membership on the tentative deal over the coming weeks.

Canadian commercial production was not affected by ACTRA's recent winter strike against North American film and TV producers because individual commercial production houses made arrangements with ACTRA to allow commercial shoots to continue through the dispute.