Casting directors call off strike plan

Feb. 2, 2005 at 11:22 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood casting directors have called off a threat to strike against movie and TV producers, Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

The paper said casting directors have decided instead to hold an election on whether to authorize the Teamsters union as their official bargaining agent. Casting directors -- who supply producers with actors for movies and TV shows -- had threatened to strike if producers did not allow them to unionize.

The agreement, reached Tuesday after talks between casting directors and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, seemed to alleviate fears that a work stoppage by casting directors could virtually shut down movie and TV production.

The Reporter said last week a strike would have an immediate impact on casting for upcoming TV pilots -- and would also disrupt feature film and TV production if truck drivers, location managers and other members of Teamsters Local 399 in Los Angeles and Local 817 in New York refuse to cross picket lines.

No date has been set yet for the election, which would be supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

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