The quiet confab took place last Monday at a location undisclosed to me. News Corp No. 2 Peter Chernin and Disney CEO Bob Iger conferred in person with SAG national president Alan Rosenberg and national executive director Doug Allen. This is exactly what the SAG pair told members they would do: hold informal get-togethers with the moguls to lay groundwork for formal bargaining. Rosenberg and Allen already had a meet-and-greet with Iger in late February.
I’ve heard polar opposite accounts of what happened. Sources close to the moguls claim it didn’t go well. (Obviously, the attempt to villify Rosenberg and Allen has begun in earnest — just like what was done to the WGA’s Patric Verrone and Dave Young). Supposedly, “the SAG guys said they’re not going to accept the DGA or WGA deal and want to renegotiate DVDs and New Media. Peter said, ‘Then I guess we have nothing to talk about.’ ” But sources close to SAG claim, “The tone and tenor is completely false. There was no hyperbolic rhetoric. Conversations were cordial and constructive.”
All I can say is — just keep talking, guys.