Studios, SAG-AFTRA Launching Contract Talks on April 27

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SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will commence negotiations for successor agreements to the SAG-AFTRA TV/theatrical contracts on April 27. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state government stay-at-home orders, talks will be conducted via video teleconference. SAG-AFTRA's current three-year master contract expires on June 30. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will […]
SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will commence negotiations for successor agreements to the SAG-AFTRA TV/theatrical contracts on April 27.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state government stay-at-home orders, talks will be conducted via video teleconference. SAG-AFTRA's current three-year master contract expires on June 30.

The two sides announced the agreement to start talks Friday. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will chair the union's negotiating committee and national executive director David White will serve as SAG-AFTRA's chief negotiator. The lead negotiator for the AMPTP will be president Carol Lombardini.

The parties also announced that the upcoming negotiations will be conducted under a formal media blackout. "We have no further comment at this time," they said.

The announcement came with uncertainty surrounding the scheduled contract negotiations between Hollywood studios and the Writers Guild of America. Those talks have hit a bump over the issue of the guild's health plan after WGA lead negotiator David Young called his studio counterparts "despicable."

It's possible that the start of the SAG-AFTRA negotiations could derail the May 11 start of the…
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