Casting directors and studios reach new agreement


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Hollywood’s casting directors have reached an agreement with the studios on a new contract.

Teamsters Local 399, which represents casting directors who work in movies and TV shows, secured a new contract on Friday after four days of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the union said. The contract covers about 500 casting directors in Los Angeles and New York.


Steven Dayan, business agent for Local 399, declined to disclose the terms of the new agreement until it is presented to members in a ratification vote Sept. 15. The current three-year agreement expires Sept. 30.

Casting directors joined the Teamsters in 2005 following an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.


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