SAG, AMPTP revive discussions

Scheduled to meet again Wednesday

Negotiators from the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and SAG met until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the AMPTP's offices in Sherman Oaks. It was the first negotiating session since November; the parties were scheduled to resume their talks at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

SAG and the AMPTP met at 9 a.m. to revive discussions to resolve their dispute over a new TV/theatrical contract that has been stalled since June 30. Negotiating for SAG is a task force that replaced the negotiating committee that had handled talks until late January.

New SAG chief negotiator John McGuire has replaced Doug Allen, who was also removed from his post last month.

Small, simultaneous rallies with opposing causes took place outside of AMPTP headquarters. The non-SAG below-the-line organization Let's Get Back to Work and the SAG faction MembershipFirst both fielded protestors early Tuesday morning.

MembershipFirst reiterated its opposition to the ongoing negotiations and any resultant tentative agreement, while the craftspeople-centric group voiced its enthusiasm for a quick resolution to the dispute. About 100 total attended the rallies.

MembershipFirst plans a similar rally for early Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, interim national executive director David White has called another national board meeting for Saturday, Feb. 21, the day before the Oscar ceremony and two days before SAG begins joint negotiations with AFTRA on a new broadcast commercials contract.