ACTRA OKs labor deal with Canadian producers

Agreement covers movie, TV and new media production

TORONTO -- Canadian actors union ACTRA on Monday said its members have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year deal with indie producers.

The new Independent Production Agreement, to run from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2012, covers all movie, TV and new media production in Canada, except in British Columbia where the Union of B.C. Performers has a separate labor agreement.

The new deal between ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Assn., which represents indie producers, and its Quebec counterpart, l'Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec, will give local performers a 2% rate increase in each of the three years.