WGA STRIKE UPDATE: SAG: Don’t ‘Anoint’ DGA-AMPTP Deal
Screen Actors Guild Chief Negotiator Doug Allen: ‘Potential Problems’ Remain with Pact Between Directors Guild of America, Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/22/2008 5:57:00 AM
The Screen Actors Guild said Monday that there should not be a rush to "anoint" the deal between the Directors Guild of America and studios as the de facto solution for the rest of the industry.
Saying that such a coronation was premature, chief SAG negotiator Doug Allen added that "potential problems" remained with the deal and that the guild would have to get more details and answers before passing judgment.
The Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since failing to come to contract terms with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, also cautioned its members to be patient and continue to focus on their goals, "no matter what you think of the DGA agreement.”
SAG, which is preparing its own contract negotiations with the studios, said it was buoyed by the fact that the Writers Guild and producers were scheduled to meet this week. "We hope that the employers’ return to the bargaining table signals their willingness to engage in meaningful negotiation until a fair deal is reached for writers," Allen said.
Allen added that if the WGA strike against the studios continues through the Academy Awards show Feb. 24, "SAG members will continue to honor WGA picket lines."
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-Disclaimer- I posted earlier, but only a part of my comments were displayed. This subject is too involved to sum it up in a few words. I don't want a strike and I think SAG needs to make the best deal they can, so we can work.
Frank Ertl - 4/15/2008 3:15:00 AM EDT
I find it difficult to care anymore. My career was doing well until the last series of strikes... actors, extras, directors, writers, crew etc. Production left town, reality programing came in and like high gas prices, they never left.
Greed? Let''s talk about opening the SAG doors to anyone who could snag a voucher. Increase membership to get the signing fee, the dues and then what... raise the minimums to the point where most of us couldn''t qualify for benefits
Frank Ertl - 4/15/2008 3:09:00 AM EDT
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