The Hollywood union members narrowly approve new contract with the TV and film producers

The Hollywood union members narrowly approve new contract with the TV and film producers ...

The United States television and film industry narrowly approved a new contract, their union said on Monday.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which consists of camera operators, make-up artists, sound technicians and others, said in a statement it members voted to ratify a three-year contract which was tentatively agreed last month.

The vote was close, with 50.3% voting yes and 49.7% voting against, IATSE said.

The deal between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) was reached in October after the union threatened to close the manufacturing industry in the United States with the biggest stoppage since the 2007-2008 strike by Hollywood screenwriters.

Many media companies were in line, including Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O).

The AMPTP enacted no immediate comment on Monday.

IATSE leaders strongly urged members to ratify the contract, saying it's "the best agreement possible."

The vigorous debate, high turnout and close election, give us an unprecedented movement-building opportunity to educate members on our collective bargaining process and drive more participation in our union long-term," said Loeb in a statement on Monday.

Last month, a photographer shot a cinematographer in a low-budget, New Mexico accident. Six of the camera crew walked out earlier in protest of working conditions.

Authorities still are investigating the shooting and no charges have been brought against anyone.

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