SAG and the AMPTP issued this joint statement:

LOS ANGELES, (August 18, 2009) — Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) today reached agreement on the terms of new, two-year contracts covering Screen Actors Guild members working in Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation.

“We are pleased to have concluded these negotiations and to have arrived at a fair deal that delivers solid economic gains for our members. Screen Actors Guild members working in these areas now have the benefit of negotiated compensation increases, an improved pension contribution rate and a template for compensation in new media,” Screen Actors Guild said.

“We welcome the ratification of these new agreements covering Screen Actors Guild talent in both broadcast animation and basic cable animation. These contracts will help to ensure continued production and employment, which is especially critical in today’s economy,” AMPTP said.

The agreements are effective retroactive to June 10, 2009 and will expire concurrently with the TV/Theatrical agreement on June 30, 2011, and include:

— Effective annual wage increases of 3.0% retroactive to June 10, 2009 and 3.5% one year later.
— A .5% increase in pension contributions, also retroactive to June 10, 2009.
— New media terms reflect those negotiated under the TV/Theatrical agreement ratified in June 2009.

Other terms match those in the recently ratified TV/Theatrical agreement.

Immediate ratification of the Television Animation and Basic Cable Animation contracts was recommended by the Screen Actors Guild Animation Negotiating Committee and approved by the Screen Actors Guild National Executive Committee and will not require a referendum.