SAG, AMPTP to huddle separately


UPDATED 7:51 p.m. PT April 17, 2008

SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers will reconvene this morning in separate caucuses before entering the fourth day of talks in the afternoon, the two sides said Thursday.

Few details of the talks between the actors union and the majors have come out since negotiations started Tuesday at the AMPTP's Sherman Oaks office.

On Wednesday, SAG inked no-strike deals with indie film company the Film Department for nine films. Other indie producers are lining up to file waivers for individual projects with the union.

The completion-guarantee agreements set conditions that the projects must not be financed or distributed by members of the AMPTP. The majors have held off starting projects until after a new deal has been inked with the guild.

SAG and the AMPTP will continue talks today and Saturday, then resume Monday and continue through April 26.

SAG has brought to the table a comprehensive package that includes increased residuals for DVD/home video and a bigger cut in new media. Guild president Alan Rosenberg and chief negotiator Doug Allen have said that they plan to negotiate a deal that's better than what the DGA and WGA recently negotiated.

AFTRA, which voted to drop out of joint negotiations with SAG on the primetime TV contract, will start formal talks with the AMPTP on April 28. It's expected that AFTRA will reach a deal quickly if SAG doesn't cut a deal before then.