SAG-AFTRA, Telemundo Reach ‘Historic’ Contract for TV Performers

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SAG-AFTRA, Telemundo

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on July 12, 2018.

SAG-AFTRA has reached what it calls a “historic” agreement with TelemundoTelevision Studios covering Spanish-language TV performers. The deal comes after 15 months of negotiations following a March 8, 2017, vote by Telemundo performers to unionize. Telemundo is the largest employer of Spanish-language talent in the United States.

“This is a historic moment for Spanish-language performers in our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “I am incredibly proud of our negotiating team and what they have accomplished. I also want to acknowledge Telemundo’s efforts in working with us to reach this agreement: a first contract with residuals, minimums, and pension and health – three pillars that set a strong foundation for generations to come.”

Said David White, the union’s national executive director, “This precedent-setting tentative agreement is a new beginning for Telemundo performers and speaks to the future of the Spanish-language media industry.” …

Deadline Hollywood 7/12

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