SAG, Producers Extend Contract Talks; AFTRA Postpones Its Start Date

Apr 23, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have extended their collective bargaining talks by three days, until May 2, the two groups said today in a joint statement.
SAG’s contract is set to expire in June; the union has been in talks with the AMPTP since April 15.
The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, which decided to negotiate separately from SAG, said it will postpone contract talks with the AMPTP until May 5. They had been set to begin April 28.
“At the request of the AMPTP, AFTRA has agreed to postpone the commencement of its prime-time television negotiations until May 5,” the union said in a statement. “The AFTRA negotiating committee would like to give the negotiations already under way between the AMPTP and the Screen Actors Guild a chance to succeed, and while AFTRA is ready to begin negotiations now, we believe we can best serve our members’ interests by briefly postponing our negotiations.”
At the heart of the negotiations is increasing royalties for new media; that was the issue that sent the Writers Guild of America out on strike in November.


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