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Peter Jackson has denied claims made by an actors' union over The Hobbit films

Peter Jackson has denied claims made by an actors' union over The Hobbit films

Peter Jackson has denied claims made by an actors' union over The Hobbit films

An Australian-based union has called for an international boycott of the long-delayed production of two "The Hobbit" movies in New Zealand - causing local producers to lash out at its bullying tactics.

Australia's Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance said makers of The Hobbit refused to enter into a union-negotiated agreement and it advised members not to accept work on the planned two-film prequel to the blockbuster Lord Of The Rings trilogy due to be filmed in New Zealand.

But Peter Jackson, executive producer of the films and Academy Award-winning director of the trilogy, rejected the union's claims that actors will not be paid under standard union contracts, and could be let go with only a day's notice.

Mr Jackson said he is a proud member of three Hollywood unions and he always honours actors' union conditions.

PA