Musicians Reach Deal With ABC, CBS, NBC

The American Federation of Musicians has reached a new three-year agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC that covers live and recorded TV shows, Variety reports. The TV/videotape pact covers musicians on shows such as Dancing With The Stars as well as bands and guest artists on late-night shows such as Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The videotape agreement also covers shows like American IdolSaturday Night Live, The X Factor, The Voice plus the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys and other awards shows. Negotiations began in September. In October, AFM Locals 47 (LA) and 802 (NYC) protested outside TV studios, handing out leaflets that read “Give musicians fair pay for fair play”. The new accord includes basic wage rate increases, increased pension and health and welfare contributions and new media provisions requiring supplemental payments when TV shows are used or reused in webcasts or online. The AFM said it began negotiations for a successor agreement covering movies and telefilms on November 2. The contract expires February 23.

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