LOS ANGELES The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has agreed to a tentative deal with Hollywood studios on a new three-year contract, both sides announced Wednesday.
The deal establishes fees for content streamed and downloaded over the Internet and preserves actors' right of consent on the use of their voices and images in online clips, the union said.
The agreement over a handful of prime-time TV shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Rules of Engagement" will last through June 2011 if it is approved AFTRA's national board and ratified by members.
The deal reduces the chance of an actors strike. The larger and more combative of the two actors unions, the 120,000-member Screen Actors Guild, is set to resume its stalled talks with the studios Wednesday.
"This was a tough negotiation," Roberta Reardon, president of the 70,000-member AFTRA union, said in a statement. "We focused on creating a framework that would allow union members to participate fully in the emerging new media marketplace."
The producers, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, hailed the deal and said it looked forward to negotiating with SAG, "and to reaching an agreement that will prevent another harmful and unnecessary strike."
Actors, still recovering from the 100-day writers strike that ended in February, had largely hoped to avoid another work stoppage.