SAG, AMPTP return to negotiating table

Second day follows 12-hour session Thursday

SAG and the majors are back to the negotiating table for a second day of talks at the AMPTP's Sherman Oaks headquarters, following a 12-hour marathon meeting Thursday with a federal mediator.

Up until Thursday, the two sides had not sat down for talks since July 15. SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers continue to keep mum about the meetings being facilitated by federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez, who was called in last month by the actors' union to intervene. Gonzalez has asked both sides to adhere to a confidentiality agreement.

The second day of talks is the most positive development in recent months since the AMPTP's final offer on June 30, and SAG's counter-proposal shortly after, which was rejected by the studios.

Since then, the AMPTP has said negotiations were over and has stood firm on its offer, indicating that with the economic downturn, SAG is unlikely to get a deal superior to what the other major guilds gained, including the WGA, DGA and AFTRA.

SAG has maintained that while formal bargaining was not taking place, it was still talking with members of the AMPTP and other industry leaders in back-door meetings.

The union's sticking points have focused mostly on new media residuals, including made for new media productions.