AFTRA board approves video game deal

Creates 'atmospheric performer' category

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' national board of directors voted Saturday to send a proposed extension of its video game contract to members for ratification.

The proposal, if approved, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2010, and extend the current deal between the guild and producers through March 31, 2011. It would provide members with a 2.5-percent pay increase and a 0.2-percent hike in employer contributions to pension and health. It would also create a new performance category, "atmospheric performer."

"AFTRA members pioneered union work under the Interactive Media Agreement in the early 1990s, and today this contract generates millions of dollars in earnings and benefits for thousands of AFTRA members in both large and small markets around the nation," AFTRA president Roberta Reardon said in a statement.

AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild announced Oct. 2 that they had worked in conjunction to reach a tentative agreement with video game producers on new interactive media contracts. SAG has yet to ratify its agreement.