SAG Talks Halted by Internecine Lawsuit

Feb 3, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers postponed the renewal of their contract discussions after SAG President Alan Rosenberg notified the actors’ union Monday that he intends to file a lawsuit seeking to reinstate Doug Allen as SAG’s chief negotiator, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lawsuit would also seek an injunction to block the new negotiating team, put in place after the union’s board fired Allen last month, from moving forward with contract talks, the newspaper says. While it’s unlikely the legal tactic would succeed, it might delay negotiations by one week, the Los Angeles Times says, citing people close to the negotiations.
—Aimee Picchi


  1. You know what? At this point in time, the best entertainment coming from Hollywood is the SAG drama. I smell an MOW in the works. Let’s face it. This script is writing itself.

  2. The manner in which the firing of Doug Allen came about smells really bad. SAG’s board first approved a member referendum and then repudiated it much to the dismay of its leadership and members. Recent actions now essentially muzzle SAG leadership leaving official spokesman status to legal counsel. This is very, very bad for the SAG union. These actions can only come off as capricious and are not steps toward building solidarity.
    While no one likes to see this lawsuit happen, anyone with a sense of responsibility can appreciate why it is being done.

  3. I think that it is time to fire Rosenberg and make sure he never works in this town again. Is this guy is tripping, people are losing their jobs, homes, livelihoods and this Alan Rosenberg thinks anyone cares. The deal wasn’t good enough for everyone else..come on time to stop the nonsense..can you imagine if they actually went on strike, the harm it would do..Please find another job Alan and let the grown-ups take over the real work..Shame on you!!!

  4. Honestly, as a TV producer (who doesn’t get union representation, but is responsible for keeping lots of humans working and shows being created), I am sick to death of certain publicity-seeking, self serving, SAG leaders holding the industry hostage. I say let’s work with AFTRA exclusively. I understand why films are stuck (for now) with SAG, and I hope that will change, but we do have a choice not to be victims of this melodrama. Use AFTRA talent.

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