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Actors union relents in tentative studio deal

April 18, 2009

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— The Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood studios said Friday they have reached a tentative deal on movie and prime-time TV show productions, capping a yearlong battle that ended with the Guild giving up its fight for better Internet compensation.

The Guild said its leaders would recommend approval by the board and ratification by its members, which could be completed next month. The contract would replace one that had expired last June.

The new deal follows the Internet provisions earlier agreed to by writers, directors and another actors union and will expire on June 30, 2011, according to two people who were briefed on the contract. The people both requested anonymity because the details were not supposed to be disclosed before the Guild’s board reviews it over the weekend.

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