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Actors avoid video games strike
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson's voice appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Hollywood actors have reached a deal with video game companies to receive a pay rise in return for averting the threat of a strike.

Hit games such as Grand Theft Auto and movie spin-offs often include dialogue recorded by actors.

Producers agreed to give them a 36% pay rise - but refused their demand for a payment every time a game is sold.

The deal came just hours before the unions were due to announce the result of a strike ballot.

Best-selling game series Grand Theft Auto, featuring Samuel L Jackson, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds and Peter Fonda, is among those to enlist stars.

And actors are increasingly required to contribute to video game versions of their own films.


The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Aftra) said they struck the deal with reluctance.

They had wanted "residuals" - a slice of profits from every copy sold as well as a flat fee at the beginning.

Actors already get repeat fees each time their TV shows and films are shown again.

"While we did not get all that we want and deserve, this contract is another important step in building artists' power in this growing sector of the media industry," Aftra president John Connolly said.

SAG president Melissa Gilbert said the unions would "spend the next three-and-a-half years devoting resources to further organise this industry".

They would "return to the bargaining table with renewed strength and vigour to establish a fair participation in the enormous profits generated by video games", she added.

The video game industry is estimated to be worth $10bn (5.5bn) a year.

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