SAG to respond to producers' deal Thursday

'Last, best and final offer' made last week

SAG has made a date with the studios on Thursday to respond to the $250 million last, best and final offer it received more than a week ago.

The decision by the union to with the studio's negotiating arm, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, at 2 p.m. Thursday comes a day after SAG ran ads in the trades with the message "Let's Keep Talking."

In a statement, SAG continued its mantra, indicating that the "national negotiating committee remains dedicated to achieving a fair TV/theatrical contract for SAG members as soon as possible. The SAG national negotiating committee anticipates an equal effort and commitment by the employers and their representatives to achieve this goal."

The AMPTP made its final offer to SAG on June 30, just hours before the actors' union contract expired. The offer ended formal negotiations between the two groups.

Both sides did meet last Wednesday for a question and answer session on the offer.

The AMPTP said SAG indicated it needed more time to prepare a response to the offer.

"The producers remain hopeful that SAG will accept our final offer," the AMPTP stated.

SAG's members have been working on an expired since June 30. Its sister union, AFTRA, is expected to announce results of its new primetime/TV contract later today or early tomorrow.