7:45PM UPDATE: Here’s an internal SAG memo:
Message from Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG DNED & General Counsel
Earlier today, a notice was served on Screen Actors Guild advising us that attorneys representing certain National Board members would be seeking an expedited injunction from the Los Angeles Superior Court prohibiting the Guild from implementing the provisions of the written assent of January 26, 2009. The notice sets the hearing for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, February 3, 2009.
I am sending you this notice to keep you apprised of this action, and I will continue to keep you informed of further developments.
Deputy National Executive Director
and General Counsel
6:35PM: Here is SAG’s statement regarding the postponement of the SAG/AMPTP meeting scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week:
Los Angeles, (February 2, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild today notified the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that the Guild had received a notice of intent to file a complaint tomorrow. In light of this circumstance, both parties have agreed to a postponement of their meeting and will reschedule at a later date. Screen Actors Guild has no further comment on the notice of intent received today or the postponement of tomorrow’s meeting.
6:15PM: Here is the AMPTP statement just issued:
“Screen Actors Guild has advised us that it has a court proceeding that will conflict with our meeting this week and for that reason both parties felt it made sense to reschedule the meeting to a later date.”
4:30PM: “Screen Actors Guild today received a document that our legal team is reviewing. We have no further comment at this time,” SAG just informed me. Now sources tell me this document is a legal move by SAG President Alan Rosenberg and Hollywood Division 1st National Vice-President Anne-Marie Johnson (a Membership First’er) to obtain a temporary restraining order that would seek an expedited injunction prohibiting SAG from implementing the provisions of the written assent of January 26th. An LA Superior Court hearing for 8:30 AM Tuesday. That would reinstate fired National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen as well as the SAG Negotiating Committee. This comes just as the Hollywood Division board meets tonight about the restart tomorrow under the aegis of the SAG National majority consisting of most of the NY Division and Regional Branch Divisions and a minoriy of the Hollywood Division. Since he was ousted, Allen’s job has been split in two with David White the new NED and John McGuire as new chief negotiator.