Actors Board Narrowly Backs Contract Deal

Pact bumps pay 3.5% but nixes bucks for online reruns
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2009 1:34 AM CDT
Pickets stand beneath a billboard advertising Hugh Laurie and the television series 'House' as members of the Screen Actors Guild and others demonstrate in Los Angeles last month.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – A two-year contract narrowly approved by the board of the Screen Actors Guild board would boost pay 3.5% a year, but dodges payment for most online reruns. The pact, which would cover film and TV actors, was passed by just 53% of the newly elected moderate board, and now faces a full membership vote, the Los Angeles Times reports. The issue over Internet residuals has split the membership, but the contract is expected to pass.