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TUESDAY AM UPDATE: Just as I told you, here’s the AMPTP’s statement:

SAG has indicated they need more time to prepare a response to AMPTP’s final offer of June 30, 2008 and SAG will respond to the Producers’ final offer at AMPTP’s headquarters on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. The Producers remain hopeful that SAG will accept our final offer.”

I think it’s likely that, whether or not the AFTRA membership ratifies the negotiated contract with the AMPTP or not, the Big Media companies are prepared to play hardball. I forsee a repeat of what happened during the lowest ebb of the writers strike: the AMPTP walks away from the talks and issues an ultimatum to SAG to take certain demands off the table. Whether this speeds up or slows down an eventual contract settlement remains to be seen.

TUESDAY NOON UPDATE: SAG just issued this statement:

Screen Actors Guild will present its response to the AMPTP’s June 30, 2008 proposal at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, CA. The Screen Actors Guild national negotiating committee remains dedicated to achieving a fair TV/Theatrical contract for SAG members as soon as possible.The SAG national negotiating committee anticipates an equal effort and commitment by the employers and their representatives to achieve this goal.

MONDAY: “I’m told that SAG and the AMPTP are still exchanging info over that new “last best final” offer submitted by the Big Media companies. But let’s not be coy: the Screen Actors Guild seems to be understandably playing for time until the results of the AFTRA contract ratification vote are announced. The counting should be done by Tuesday evening, and an announcement could come close behind or by the latest Wednesday morning. So everyone’s watching and waiting for the results that could change the entire nature of these actor-employer negotiations. Stay tuned…