UPDATE:A veteran publicist for some of Hollywood’s Triple-A List stars just emailed me this prediction about the SAG meeting next week: “I will bet you a dollar to a donut that they will ‘ask’ that we not have our clients do any media or promote their films or TV series in any way. This is what happened in the 80’s. The fallout on our end was a lot of actors then put their PR reps on hiatus, and everyone was hurt.”

The email (see below) was sent out today by Jennifer Heater, manager of the Screen Actors Guild’s National Policy & Strategic Planning. It went to every Hollywood and New York big-time publicists and talent managers. Sources are telling me it’s to discuss the upcoming strike authorization vote and and how it would affect actors’ participation in movie and TV campaigns, publicity bookings, award shows, etc. (But SAG insiders say there’s “no agenda”…) The meetings will take place in LA and NYC. My sources tell me that SAG will be sending out the strike authorization ballot sometime right after Christmas. Expect the timetable to be announced on Monday. But it would be another 30 days to receive the result of the vote. So the Golden Globes on January 11th look safe (unless a boycott is organized…) />I do believe it’s now likelier and likelier that, no matter if there’s a strike authorization or just a boycott, SAG (maybe joined by the WGA) will target the Academy Awards in order to get the moguls’ attention so they engage in formal or backchannel negotiations. There’s now also some talk among the Hollywood CEOs about moving the Oscars’  February 22nd date to later in the event of a strike authorization or boycott by the big actors union. That was contemplated when the WGA strike threatened the broadcast, as well as an all-clips version of the show.

As for the publicists and managers, I can’t imagine they want their clients looking awkward like Powers Boothe who still hasn’t lived down how in 1980 he won a Best Actor Emmy for the CBS TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and, during the SAG strike that fall, was one of the few actors who showed up to claim his award. He said at the time, “This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest.”

Here’s the email forwarded to me by a source:

From: Jennifer Heater
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 12:32 PM
To: Jennifer Heater
Subject: Screen Actors Guild Negotiation Update Meeting

December 5, 2008

RE: Screen Actors Guild Negotiations Update

As part of our ongoing outreach to SAG members and other members of the entertainment community, we are holding a meeting for managers and publicists at Screen Actors Guild Headquarters in Los Angeles, the meeting should last about 1 ½ hours.

We have received numerous inquires about the status of negotiations, and we’d like to have the opportunity to discuss the situation together.  Please join us at this important meeting.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Heater.

In solidarity,
Alan Rosenberg, President
Doug Allen, National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator
Pamm Fair, Deputy National Executive Director

Screen Actors Guild Negotiations Update for Managers & Publicists
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
8:00 a.m PST, 11 a.m. EST

In Los Angeles:
James Cagney Boardroom
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(parking will be validated)

In New York:
Leon Janney Board Room
360 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017