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AFTRA sets date for negotiations

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has announced it will launch contract negotiations with the majors on April 28 on primetime TV, less than two weeks after SAG starts bargaining.

The announcement, made Wednesday afternoon by AFTRA president Roberta Reardon, signals that SAG will need to make significant progress towards a deal once it gets to the table on April 15 — or face the prospect of AFTRA signing a pact and using that pact to sign new shows to well beyond the three shows it now covers.

“In our view, our proposed schedule should allow SAG sufficient time to work out a good deal with the studios,” Reardon said in a statement. “At the same time, we cannot abdicate our responsibility to our own members to engage with the employers in a strong, deliberate, and timely manner so we can negotiate the best possible agreement for primetime performers.”

The AMPTP had no immediate comment. The current SAG-AFTRA feature-primetime contract expires June 30 with much of Hollywood concerned about SAG going on strike, even though SAG leaders have insisted they don’t want a work stoppage.

The agreements to start bargaining come in the wake of the weekend’s move by AFTRA to split off from SAG for negotiations, following extensive disputes over jurisdiction. SAG had been unwilling to commit to a date to start bargaining but after AFTRA ditched joint negotiations, SAG insisted that it should be first up because it covers all film work and the lion’s share of the primetime TV work under the current contract.

“The SAG leadership has now reversed its previous approach of postponing contract talks until the last minute–and last night publicly announced that they intend to start talks with the AMPTP on April 15,” Reardon said in the statement. “AFTRA has decided to let SAG go first because we feel it is in all of our interests for SAG to maintain its momentum and because we want to give the guild a reasonable opportunity to meet with the AMPTP.

Source: Variety

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Headline, Industry News

AFTRA sets date for negotiations

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has announced it will launch contract negotiations with the majors on April 28 on primetime TV, less than two weeks after SAG starts bargaining.

The announcement, made Wednesday afternoon by AFTRA president Roberta Reardon, signals that SAG will need to make significant progress towards a deal once it gets to the table on April 15 — or face the prospect of AFTRA signing a pact and using that pact to sign new shows to well beyond the three shows it now covers.

“In our view, our proposed schedule should allow SAG sufficient time to work out a good deal with the studios,” Reardon said in a statement. “At the same time, we cannot abdicate our responsibility to our own members to engage with the employers in a strong, deliberate, and timely manner so we can negotiate the best possible agreement for primetime performers.”

The AMPTP had no immediate comment. The current SAG-AFTRA feature-primetime contract expires June 30 with much of Hollywood concerned about SAG going on strike, even though SAG leaders have insisted they don’t want a work stoppage.

The agreements to start bargaining come in the wake of the weekend’s move by AFTRA to split off from SAG for negotiations, following extensive disputes over jurisdiction. SAG had been unwilling to commit to a date to start bargaining but after AFTRA ditched joint negotiations, SAG insisted that it should be first up because it covers all film work and the lion’s share of the primetime TV work under the current contract.

“The SAG leadership has now reversed its previous approach of postponing contract talks until the last minute–and last night publicly announced that they intend to start talks with the AMPTP on April 15,” Reardon said in the statement. “AFTRA has decided to let SAG go first because we feel it is in all of our interests for SAG to maintain its momentum and because we want to give the guild a reasonable opportunity to meet with the AMPTP.

Source: Variety

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Headline, Industry News

AFTRA sets date for negotiations

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has announced it will launch contract negotiations with the majors on April 28 on primetime TV, less than two weeks after SAG starts bargaining.

The announcement, made Wednesday afternoon by AFTRA president Roberta Reardon, signals that SAG will need to make significant progress towards a deal once it gets to the table on April 15 — or face the prospect of AFTRA signing a pact and using that pact to sign new shows to well beyond the three shows it now covers.

“In our view, our proposed schedule should allow SAG sufficient time to work out a good deal with the studios,” Reardon said in a statement. “At the same time, we cannot abdicate our responsibility to our own members to engage with the employers in a strong, deliberate, and timely manner so we can negotiate the best possible agreement for primetime performers.”

The AMPTP had no immediate comment. The current SAG-AFTRA feature-primetime contract expires June 30 with much of Hollywood concerned about SAG going on strike, even though SAG leaders have insisted they don’t want a work stoppage.

The agreements to start bargaining come in the wake of the weekend’s move by AFTRA to split off from SAG for negotiations, following extensive disputes over jurisdiction. SAG had been unwilling to commit to a date to start bargaining but after AFTRA ditched joint negotiations, SAG insisted that it should be first up because it covers all film work and the lion’s share of the primetime TV work under the current contract.

“The SAG leadership has now reversed its previous approach of postponing contract talks until the last minute–and last night publicly announced that they intend to start talks with the AMPTP on April 15,” Reardon said in the statement. “AFTRA has decided to let SAG go first because we feel it is in all of our interests for SAG to maintain its momentum and because we want to give the guild a reasonable opportunity to meet with the AMPTP.

Source: Variety

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