SAG sets confab to discuss ATA


SAG will hold a membership meeting June 12 in Los Angeles to discuss how to get negotiations for a franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents back on track.

The guild has been holding a roadshow with SAG branches elsewhere to discuss the issue. Also, SAG national executive director Doug Allen has had at least one recent meeting with ATA exec director Karen Stuart, who said her organization is open to renewing talks if an assurance of good-faith negotiations is provided.

The last SAG-ATA franchise agreement expired in January 2002, and striking a new pact would restore a broad safety net for SAG members over commission structure, contract lengths and other issues. The guild's most recent attempt at a new agreement was rejected in a 54%-46% vote in April 2002.

Complaints then included that the proposed pact would have broadened agents' ability to charge commissions on actors' residual earnings and removed financial interest on talent agency investments.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg is expected to attend the presentation in Los Angeles, with an estimated 55% of about 120,000 SAG members living in the area. The session will take place the WGA Theater, but the WGA is not a participant in the event.