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    Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Spat Between Actors’ Unions Snarls Negotiations With Studios



    By MICHAEL CIEPLY
    The New York Times
    Published: March 31, 2008

    LOS ANGELES — A sudden split between two actors unions over the weekend added an unhappy twist to Hollywood’s troubled contract cycle: It appeared to weaken the labor organizations without making life easier for the studios they bargain with.

    On Saturday, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists suspended its bargaining alliance with the Screen Actors Guild, just before a board meeting where they hoped to approve a joint negotiating strategy.

    The actors’ current contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires on June 30, and talks about a new contract were to have begun within two weeks.

    Now Aftra, the smaller of the two unions, says it plans to open talks with the producers on its own as quickly as possible. In a brief statement, the studios’ alliance said it welcomed the prospect.

    Hollywood, however, stands little to gain from a showdown. Having barely recovered from a three-month writers strike, television producers have been rushing to get their series back on track. Movie studios, meanwhile, are hurrying to finish productions like Universal Pictures’ “Land of the Lost” — a Will Ferrell comedy that was being shot last week at the La Brea Tar Pits, a half block from the actors guild headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard — before facing the possibility of another walk-out.

    Informal discussions between the federation and the studios could begin immediately, but formal talks might be delayed by separate negotiations scheduled in early April between the companies and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, which represents production workers.

    In an interview on Sunday, Alan Rosenberg, president of the Screen Actors Guild, said his union might now accelerate its timetable so that it would not have to negotiate behind the federation, which is known as Aftra. “We have to move much more quickly than we wanted to,” Mr. Rosenberg said.

    The exchanges concealed some dangerous complications, beyond the potential scheduling conflicts. Neither actors union is quite as strong without the other. Both face the possibility that disparate contracts will lead to a protracted struggle for representation of actors on television shows, including prime time series, that could be represented by either.

    And the movie and television companies now face the possibility that the actors guild, which has been pressing more assertive positions than the federation, will hold out for bigger gains on its own than would have been possible in joint talks.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/bu...es&oref=slogin

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Strike 2, and actors, studios may be out this time around

    By Damian Dovarganes, AP
    Grey's Anatomy doc Patrick Dempsey and other Screen Actors Guild members
    went on a sympathy strike when the writers picketed last fall;
    now it's the stars' turn to negotiate with the studios.

    By Robert Bianco
    USA TODAY
    April 1, 2008

    Actors' strike!

    It would be nice to follow that jolt with "April Fools," particularly now that scripted shows are finally returning. Unfortunately, and despite the damage caused by the writers' strike, an even more damaging actors' strike is a possibility. That doesn't mean a strike is probable — there's plenty of time and incentive to reach a settlement before the actors' contract expires June 30.

    But before greed, stubbornness or stupidity set in, actors and studios might ponder some lessons from the last strike, before they're forced to relearn them:
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...s-strike_N.htm

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    So they didn't lose enough money and viewers with the Writers strike, so they think another strike won't cause them to lose the other 1/2?


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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    The A-Listers will be the last to feel any real sting should a strike happen, it's ostensibly for the other 99% of the SAG membership. Clooney and Hanks have been quietly meeting with SAG leaders and studio heads like Iger since before the WGA strike ended to help move this thing along.

    SAG's new request for negotiations to begin as soon as possible marks an about-face from the position it took after the majors announced they were ready to go with talks in mid-February. It was previously unwilling to start negotiations until after it had completed its official preparations -- despite pressure from high-profile members George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to start ASAP.

    SAG had insisted it could not start talks until a joint board meeting approved the joint proposal -- an event that had been set for Saturday but was then called off once AFTRA's board voted to end its negotiating partnership with SAG.

    Sources believe the majors will opt for talks with AFTRA first since early informal discussions with SAG leaders haven't yielded much. Two meetings between SAG leaders and Disney topper Robert Iger and News Corp. prexy Peter Chernin have been unproductive.

    Going with AFTRA first will enable the AMPTP to put SAG on the defensive as its June 30 contract expiration nears. And that's a scenario the majors are likely to relish -- especially since SAG was the strongest union supporter of the WGA during the 100-day writers strike.

    Both SAG and AFTRA have OK'd bargaining proposals that include nonstarters for the companies, such as increased DVD rates and a shorter period of free usage for promotional purposes for streamed content than the 17- and 24-day windows in the DGA and WGA deals.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=18&cs=1

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Yay, more reality tv. I'm so excited.

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Or more "Deal or No Deal"

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG has a real problem, about 90% of the union are members who do not make a living on screen. So the working actors have basically no control over the process. This should be a whole lot of fun.
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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG, AMPTP to begin talks April 15


    By Carl DiOrio
    The Hollywood Reporter
    April 1, 2008


    UPDATED 8:33 p.m. PT April 1, 2008

    SAG has beaten AFTRA to the bargaining table.

    On April 15, SAG plans to sit down with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers to begin formal negotiations on a new contract.

    The meeting is set for 10 a.m. at AMPTP headquarters in Encino.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...7f0af65c588178

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG seeks to exclude non-working actors from contract votes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The prospects are looking dim for the proposal to limit which Screen Actors Guild members can vote in upcoming contract talks.


    SAG's board of directors on Saturday referred the matter to committee rather than immediately act on it, as more than 1,400 guild members demanded in a petition. It sought to restrict voting to actors who work at least one day a year.

    The proposal ran into strong opposition from board members who argued it would exclude most guild members.

    The majority of SAG's 120,000 members don't work regularly. Supporters of the proposal reason that non-working members would be more likely to favor a walkout.

    Contract negotiations with studios begin Tuesday.
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/2008-04...terstitialskip

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG inks deal for indie films


    Associated Press
    via The Hollywood Reporter
    April 17, 2008

    SAG has cut a deal that would let its members work for an independent film company regardless of a future strike against the major studios.

    SAG announced a deal late Wednesday with the Film Department that guarantees completion of nine movies that haven't started filming.

    One of them, romantic comedy "The Rebound" starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, is scheduled to begin production next week in New York.

    Such "guaranteed completion contracts" are available only to independent feature producers.

    Calls to SAG and the Film Department early Thursday weren't returned.

    On Tuesday, SAG began contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, but both sides have said little about the talks.

    Those negotiations run through April 26. The producers then start talks with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on April 28.

    The WGA signed several interim deals during its three-month strike against the major studios this year.

    It is unclear whether SAG's interim deal will exert any real pressure against the studios.

    SAG's contract with the studios expires June 30.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...a0031794115a1b

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Actors, producers meet to avert another strike
    Screen Actors Guild seeks better deal than writers

    By David B. Wilkerson, MarketWatch


    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Just two months after the end of a damaging writers' strike that halted most of primetime television production, Hollywood studios are in formal talks with the Screen Actors' Guild, hoping to avert another work stoppage.

    The current SAG contract expires June 30. Friday marks the fourth full day of formal talks with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new pact.

    SAG is looking for many of the same things that the Writers Guild of America sought during its three-month walkout, only somewhat more. It wants a greater percentage of revenue from ad-supported streaming of TV shows and more money from DVD sales.

    It also wants a percentage of the revenue from product placements, among other items. In an era when the digital video recorder allows consumers to zip past traditional commercials, more companies are doing deals to have their products seen during the course of a movie or TV show.

    Actors argue that when they have to do a scene in which they hold a product, and/or talk about it, such a scene essentially constitutes a commercial, and they have a right to be paid for the ad as the studios are.
    Source: MarketWatch

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Studios slam SAG

    Majors 'set the record straight' on web site

    By Dave McNary
    Variety
    April 30, 2008

    The gloves have come off at the Screen Actors Guild contract talks.

    With the SAG negotiations going nowhere fast, the majors have gone on the offensive by slamming the guild as unresponsive, unreasonable and unrealistic. The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers made the assertion at midday Wednesday in a negotiations update to members titled “Setting the record straight” posted on the AMPTP website.

    The companies say they’re nowhere near a deal despite giving SAG an extra week to close the “significant gaps” between the two sides.

    “Candidly, we must offer the same assessment of the negotiations today,” the AMPTP siad. “Although both parties have spent considerable time in the negotiating room, we are not yet close to an agreement.”

    The key complaint stems from SAG’s unwillingness to adhere to the pattern set in the DGA and WGA deals. SAG national exec director Doug Allen and president Alan Rosenberg had said repeatedly in the run-up to talks that SAG wasn’t interested in following the pattern -- and it appears that they have not backed off that position even with the talks in their third week and a June 30 contract expiration looming.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=18&cs=1

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    SAG and studios enter final day

    Deal still uncertain as negotiations near end

    By Dave McNary
    Variety
    May 6, 2008

    Deal or no deal?

    The Screen Actors Guild and the majors are nearing the end of four weeks of negotiations on a feature-primetime deal with little certainty as to whether they'll reach a deal.

    SAG and the majors launched what will likely be the final day of negotiations at mid-morning at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers without any public comment.

    Both sides have agreed to a deadline of 5 p.m. today to conclude this round of talks and the congloms are disinclined to grant a third extension to SAG unless there's a deal within sight.

    In a potentially positive sign, bargaining lasted well into Monday evening as SAG made several concessions on its proposals - a move that could set into motion the give-and-take process for closing a deal. But it's understood that the AMPTP remains frustrated over SAG's insistence that it has to receive better terms in new media those contained in the DGA and WGA pacts.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Actors' union in primetime deal with producers

    By David B. Wilkerson, MarketWatch

    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- One of the two major actors' unions has reached a tentative three-year agreement with Hollywood studios, putting more pressure on the Screen Actors Guild to resolve its dispute with producers before SAG's current contract runs out on June 30.

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, representing about 52,000 working actors, said Wednesday that it has agreed to a tentative primetime television pact with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

    The deal establishes new residual structures that AFTRA members will receive for paid Internet downloads and ad-supported streaming of television shows. It also sets up a provision that allows both sides to revisit new media residuals at a future date.

    AFTRA's pact also calls for wage increases for traditional media in each year of the contract and increases the number of covered background actors in Los Angeles, among other provisions.

    Meanwhile, talks between SAG and the AMPTP have been suspended since May 7.
    Full Story: Actors' Union in Primetime Deal With Producers

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    Re: Screen Actors Guild: The Sequel

    Clock's ticking on SAG negotiations

    Guild seeking gains in pay, new media


    By Dave McNary
    Variety
    June 2, 2008

    Is there a way for SAG to save face?

    Negotiations between the actors guild and the majors resume this morning after a three-day recess. The sides return to the bargaining table amid pervasive uncertainty as to whether they can bridge the significant gaps between them and close a deal in the next four weeks.

    SAG's current feature-primetime deal expires June 30, but SAG's leaders, after talking tough for more than a year, still haven't taken the final step of seeking a strike authorization -- which requires 75% support.

    SAG's fellow thesp union, AFTRA, cut a primetime deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers last month. Given the assertive stances by SAG national exec director Doug Allen and president Alan Rosenberg and their animosity toward AFTRA, it's unlikely that SAG leaders will accept a carbon copy of the AFTRA pact.

    "SAG's in a tough spot," notes Howard Fabrick of Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld, who's negotiated past deals with SAG. "I feel like the tide is running against them with AFTRA having made their deal now. A lot of their working members in TV were hurt by the WGA strike, so the leadership may not be able to get the support that would be required in a strike authorization vote."

    Today's negotiations will be the 22nd session between SAG and the majors at AMPTP headquarters in Encino. It's the fourth session since rival union AFTRA completed its primetime deal with the AMPTP, leaving the question of how much of that deal can serve as a template for SAG.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

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