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Apr 29, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Writers Guild, ABC reach contract settlement
New York-After four months of negotiations, the Writers Guild of America, East, and ABC reached an agreement Friday, with a proposed three-year contract that calls for across-the-board salary increases of 3 percent each year. It also includes increases in certain fees and improvement in scheduling provisions and personnel benefits. The agreement reached redefines Guild jurisdiction in the NewsOne affiliate service area to include writing for broadcast only and covers some 180 employees. The deal must still be ratified by the Guild’s ABC membership in New York and Washington.
Monster, Viacom seal cross-platform ad deal
Los Angeles-TMP Worldwide’s Monster, the online job site, signed a multimillion dollar cross-platform deal with Viacom-a rare move that commits all of Monster’s network, syndication and cable scatter money for the remainder of the calendar year, according to Advertising Age. The estimated $15 million deal, which originated at Monster, encompasses Viacom’s broadcast, cable and syndicated TV, online and outdoor properties, including key placements on CBS, MTV, and VH1.
Kent named chairman, CEO, Universal McCann
New York-Robin Kent has been promoted to chairman and CEO of Universal McCann Worldwide. Mr. Kent has been worldwide president of Universal McCann for the past year and a half. Since January, he also has served as regional director of Universal McCann North America. Earlier, he led Universal McCann Europe/Africa/Middle East, UM’s largest region. Mr. Kent succeeds Ira Carlin, who moves to Magna Global Worldwide.