Hollywood Returns To Bargaining Table
Negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists on the one hand and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on the other began in Sherman Oaks, CA on Monday, with the two unions presenting their proposals to the producers. The current contract expires on June 30, but many believe that the negotiations will almost certainly be less acrimonious than they were two years ago, given the current makeup of SAG's negotiators, who are regarded as far less confrontational than their predecessors, and their rapport with their AFTRA partners. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard and AFTRA President Roberta Reardon are co-chairing the negotiations for the unions; AMPTP President Carol Lombardini, for the producers. The negotiations are being conducted under a news blackout.