SAG-AFTRA Talks Apparently Continue as Midnight Deadline Passes
Negotiations and the existing contract were being extended a day at a time.
As the clock edged past midnight Monday night, talks between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, apparently continued past expiration without a formal extension and on into the wee hours of Tuesday a.m.
The development came a day after negotiations were extended for a third time Sunday night.
Under those extensions, the contract too was continued day-to-day. The same procedure occurred in the 2014 negotiations. The Writers Guild reached a deal earlier this year in the early a.m. after a midnight expiration.
The fact that negotiations are continuing is seen as a hopeful sign.
If talks break off without a deal, that would probably trigger the sending of a strike-authorization ballot that could then lead to a strike starting the second or third week of July. But talks could continue during balloting.
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Spokespeople for SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP did not respond to previous inquiries, and the negotiations are being conducted under a press blackout.