ACTRA performers ratify new independent production agreement

    98.7% Vote Yes

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Canadian performers, by a record return vote of
98.7%, have ratified the new Independent Production Agreement (IPA) negotiated
with the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the
Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ). The
vote follows ACTRA's first-ever strike.
    "This is an undeniably strong vote of confidence from our membership,"
said Richard Hardacre, President of ACTRA. "Winning our strike could never
have been achieved without the strength and solidarity of the ACTRA
    The IPA covers the terms and conditions of work for professional
performers in all independent film and television production in Canada, except
for British Columbia which has a separate agreement.
    ACTRA has made significant economic gains in the areas that are
priorities for performers: a 10% increase over the next three years including
a 1% increase into retirement contributions, and a comprehensive new agreement
for productions made for and converted to new media.

    ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a
national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of
21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed
professional performing community.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer,
ACTRA, (416) 644-1519, 1-800-387-3516, cell (416) 768-3336,

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