The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Animation Guild will resume contract talks next Tuesday. This two-day session comes almost two months after contract discussions broke down April 17 between AMPTP and IATSE Local 839. Deadline has learned that AMPTP president Carol Lombardini called the Animation Guild’s Business Representative Steve Hulett this morning to offer specific dates that the two sides could meet. This call came after a series of calls and correspondence last week from both sides regarding scheduling. Both sides agreed that early next week was the soonest they could get everyone who needed to be there ready. All studios that are signatories to the contract — basically anyone who does animation for film and/or TV — will be represented. The meetings will take place at AMPTP’s headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current three-year deal between the Animation Guild and AMPTP expires July 31. The Animation Guild represents more than 2,000 animators. The guild recently held a series of open information meetings for visual effects artists interested in unionizing.
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