SAG-AFTRA Film And TV Contract Talks Extended Again

For the second day in a row, negotiations for a new SAG-AFTRA film and television contract have adjourned without an agreement and the old contract has been extended for another day. The talks for a new three-year actors contract, which began May 5, will resume Wednesday morning.

The sides issued a joint statement: “The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have jointly agreed to extend for a second day the current TV/Theatrical contracts, which are set to expire at midnight tonight. The extensions  will expire at midnight on July 2, 2014.”

The parties had agreed late Monday to extend the talks for 24 hours in the hope that a deal can be reached. While it was expected that SAG-AFTRA’s negotiations with the studios and networks would take longer than the other big Hollywood unions, few anticipated talks would go past the expiration of the current contract. The DGA reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after just a few weeks of talks late last year. And while the WGA’s negotiations were longer and more tense, the writers also reached an agreement with the studios and networks after less than a month. Both unions hammered out and ratified their deals before the expiration of their current contracts.

This is the first film and TV agreement the actors union has negotiated since the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA. It was complicated by the union’s attempt to merge its two separate TV contracts and by the fact that the guild still has two different pension and health plans.

Sources say that going into the talks, merging the TV contracts was the union’s chief goal.

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