Unions Strike Deal on Pride Issue

The dispute between The Writers Guild of America West and IATSE (The Animation Guild Local 839) regarding representation on DreamWorks’ upcoming NBC animated series Father of the Pride has been tentatively settled, according to Daily Variety.

Under the terms of the deal, the Animation Guild will continue to represent the show’s writers, with the inclusion of several standard WGA contract features such as pension and health contributions. Though not yet finalized, the agreement reportedly got the blessing of trustees of the industry-guild health and pension plans.

In September WGA West president Victoria Riskin accused DreamWorks of forcing writers to sign a compromising IATSE contract. The Studio said it was simply bound by an IATSE pact, which expires in 2006.

Father of the Pride is a primetime CG cartoon revolving around a family of white lions performing in the Siegfried and Roy Las Vegas show. Despite last month’s mauling of Roy Horn by one of the tigers, DreamWorks hasn’t publicly expressed any concerns about continuing production. The show is slated to join the Peacock’s 2004 fall lineup.