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10/05/01
Lights, Camera, Strike Action
- High-profile British actors in dispute over pay

LEADING British film stars are threatening strike action unless they receive a bigger share of film profits.

Over 200 high-profile actors, including Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters, have signed up to a campaign demanding a greater share of film proceeds for UK actors.

Under present conditions, British actors receive a flat fee in advance for TV broadcast, DVD and video sales. But, unlike their US counterparts, they don't receive anything extra each time the film is shown on TV or sold on DVD or video.

UK actor's body Equity is to meet the producers organisation, Pact, this Friday, in attempts to re-negotiate film contracts. The move follows the uproar in the US, where the Screen Actors Guild is currently in talks with Hollywood studios over contractual terms.

If the strike goes ahead it could mean severe disruption for the British film industry, pressured to turn out blockbuster material with A-list cast line-ups. Following meetings earlier this year with producers, Equity spokesperson Martin Norman said, "There have been no indications between March and now that the producers have changed their minds."





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