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New York Times Televisions and IATSE Reach Agreement

IA President Short Appoints Safety Chairman

NEW YORK, NY – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes has finalized a three-and-a-half year contract with New York Times Television covering motion picture and sound editing for cable television productions. The 100-plus member staff organized with the Motion Pictures Editor Guild, IA TSE Local 700 in December of 2001.

NYT-TV, a subsidiary of The New York Times, produces the “Science Times” cable television program for the National Geographic Channel, as well as a number of programs for The Learning Channel, including “Trauma: Life in the ER” and “Maternity Ward.”

The agreement is part of a major effort by the union to organize cable television producers. “This contact is about making sure everyone gets a fair shake and we applaud NYT- TV for helping us to set the standard for reality-based cable television,” said IATSE International President Tom Short.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild is a nationwide union with over sixty years experience representing artists and professionals in film, television and commercial post-production, including picture and sound editors, re-recording mixers, and their respective assistants. With 6,000 members, MPEG is one of the largest in the 110,000 member IATSE union.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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