'Futurama' Producer Rough Draft Studios Signs With Animation Guild

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'The Simpsons'

The Glendale studio also produced 'The Simpsons Movie,' while its Korean affiliate produces the weekly show.

Rough Draft Studios, known for its work on Futurama and The Simpsons Movie, has reached an agreement with the Animation Guild, Local 839 on covering animated features and television series created by the Glendale studio, the guild announced Thursday. 

"Our talks with Rough Draft were smooth and productive," said Steve Hulett, the union's business representative, "and there were no major issues that slowed down our bargaining. I can tell you that we’re very pleased to come together on a deal."

The statement from the union implies that the deal does not cover Rough Draft’s sister entity in Korea, which has been the production facility for The Simpsons for over two decades, as well as creating work for Paramount, Walt Disney Television Animation and Warner Bros., among others.

However, writers on Matt Groening's weekly show are represented by the Writers Guild of America, West, whose animation jurisdiction is essentially limited to Fox primetime shows. Meanwhile, the Animation Guild, which has over three thousand members, represents most animation work in Los Angeles County, with contracts covering Disney, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Animation and some smaller studios.

"Rough Draft has been one of the premiere animation houses in Los Angeles for years, and reaching agreement on the studio’s future productions means a lot to the Guild and its members," Hulett added. "Our officers and executive board members are very happy Rough Draft is signing a contract."

Details of the deal were not released, and it was not clear if the deal was the first between Rough Draft and the guild, whose representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.