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Jul 5, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Actors set to vote on three-year pact:

A final 10 consecutive days of intense bargaining between the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists negotiating committees and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has produced a tentative agreement on a three-year labor contract that is scheduled to be voted on next week by the joint SAG/AFTRA boards.

Most details pertaining to the agreement will not be released until after the voting takes place in New York and Los Angeles, but the tentative deal boosts standard minimum compensation, basic cable residuals, compensation for guest stars and contributions to the SAG health plan.

In addition, work on Fox Broadcasting shows will warrant full residuals by year three of the contract instead of the current discount rate Fox qualified for when it was still a “fledgling” network. Provisions for Internet productions are included as well.

The tentative settlement resolves the last of the major labor questions that have distracted Hollywood since last year, when a months-long commercial actors strike took a devastating toll on the industry. The Writers Guild in June ratified a contract that is said to have paved some ground for the actors.

Hearing on broadcast ownership planned: The Senate Commerce Committee, headed by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., tentatively plans to hold a hearing on broadcast ownership issues during the third week of July, an aide to Sen. Hollings said.

The senator supports retaining the 35 percent broadcast ownership cap and the newspaper-television cross-ownership provisions. The committee is preparing for its hearing as the Federal Communications Commission readies a review of its broadcast ownership rules with an eye toward relaxing those that can no longer be justified.

Lanham named GM at KMWB-TV: Art Lanham has been named general manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s WB-affiliated KMWB-TV, Minneapolis, effective July 23. Mr. Lanham will replace Dan Mellon, who was named general manager of KOVR-TV, Sinclair’s CBS-affiliated station in Sacramento.

Mr. Lanham previously served as vice president and general manager of KARD-TV, Monroe, La. From 1995 to 1999 he served as president of Amtel Management, a broadcast consulting firm.

NBC’s ‘Passions’ reaching out to Hispanic viewers: Starting July 12, Cristina Saralegui, host of the Spanish-language talk show “El Show de Cristina” on Univision, will guest-star in nine episodes of the NBC soap opera “Passions.”

NBC is not the first network to reach out to Latino viewers for its daytime dramas. In May, CBS added Latino actors to its “The Bold and the Beautiful” and began offering Spanish-language feeds in 40 cities. NBC plans to begin closed-captioning in Spanish of both “Passions” and its “Days of Our Lives” soap opera.#

Who Is News:

Paul Amirault to senior director, development, Hearst Entertainment Productions, from producer and research director, LMNO Productions.

Christina Smith to senior vice president, financial administration, Warner. Bros. Television, from vice president, estimating.#

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