|Hollywood Calls for a Cut of the Video Pod Pie|
|Gary Gentile (email@example.com)|
Sat, 15 Oct 2005 16:18:11 -0500
By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer|
In a show of unity, five unions representing actors, writers and
The unions sent a clear message to TV producers.
"We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members,"
The presidents of unions representing Hollywood writers and actors
In doing the deal with Apple, ABC became the first network to allow
The development was news to Patric Verrone, president of the Writers
The two called their counterparts at the Screen Actors Guild,
The show of unity was unusual, coming from unions that are sometimes
"We developed a new piece of stationary that never existed before,"
The unions have not yet called ABC or its parent, The Walt Disney Co.,
"The guilds are our business partners, and we always welcome a
The groups already have agreements that cover the re-use of their work
Under the WGA contract, writers are entitled to 1.6 percent of the
Actors are entitled to 3.6 percent of the license fee.
A conflict could arise if studios decide to treat the Internet
"We have to learn more about the actual technology," Verrone
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.
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