After years of trying, the Animation Guild has finalized a new contract covering animators employed at Rough Draft Studios, the Glendale-based animation house best known for its work on Futurama and The Simpsons Movie. The union, IATSE Local 839, hasn’t had a collective bargaining agreement with the company since its contract for The Simpsons Movie expired nearly 10 years ago. An attempt to organize animators there failed in 2010 when an NLRB-sanctioned representational vote went down to defeat.

The new contract covers animators working on animated feature films and TV series.

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“Our talks with Rough Draft were smooth and productive,” said guild business rep Steve Hulett, “and there were no major issues that slowed down our bargaining. I can tell you that we’re very pleased to come together on a deal. Rough Draft has been one of the premiere animation houses in Los Angeles for years, and reaching agreement on the studio’s future productions means a lot to the guild and its members. Our officers and executive board members are very happy Rough Draft is signing a contract.”