SAG to meet with AMPTP

Guild's new negotiator already reaching out to producers

It didn't take long for the newly installed SAG negotiating leadership to get rolling.

The guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will meet Tuesday and Wedneday, Feb. 3-4, at the AMPTP offices in Sherman Oaks, according to a joint statement issued late Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, new SAG chief negotiator John McGuire, who replaced the fired Doug Allen on Monday, reached out to the AMPTP to schedule a new negotiating session.

It is clear that both sides of the long-stalled TV/theatrical contract debate are eager to sit down again as soon as possible in hopes of reaching a tentative agreement that SAG leadership will be willing to take toits membership for a ratification vote. It will be the first time the two groups have met since a series of meetings with a federal mediator in November. Those talks failed to break the deadlock that has been in place since the contract expired June 30, the same day the AMPTP delivered what it termed its final offer for a new deal.

McGuire and new interim national executive director David White likely will attend any future sessions with members of the task force that replaced the original SAG negotiating committee, which was dissolved Monday by written assent of a majority of the national board.

SAG and the AMPTP declined comment.