SAG, Oh go 'robo' as part of campaign


SAG members answering the phone Wednesday might have heard a familiar voice on the other end: Sandra Oh.

The "Grey's Anatomy" star and guild member recorded a so-called "robo" message for the union urging dual SAG and AFTRA members to vote down the tentative AFTRA primetime TV contract. Calls were placed to members Wednesday afternoon, and similar messages are expected to be placed during the next week.

SAG today enters its 34th day of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and has accused AFTRA's deal with the studios of distracting the current talks.

SAG also contends that AFTRA's contract falls short in several areas, including actor rates, new media and clip consent.

"What AFTRA did was take the DGA proposal essentially without change," SAG chief negotiator and national executive director Doug Allen told Back Stage West. "What they did in new media is precisely what the DGA ended up with and not at all what AFTRA and SAG proposed initially or where SAG is in our proposal today."

Oh's message comes a week after James Cromwell recorded a message sent automatically to AFTRA members. (partialdiff)