SAG, studios set bargaining for Feb. 3-4


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 Wednesday 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 stalled TV/theatrical contract debate were eager to sit down in hope of reaching a tentative agreement that SAG leadership would be willing to take to its membership for a ratification vote. It will be the first time the groups have met since a series of meetings with a federal mediator in November.

McGuire and new interim national executive director David White likely will attend any 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 would not comment. (partialdiff)