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Studios, SAG-AFTRA Launching Contract Talks on April 27 – Variety

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SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers will begin negotiations for successor agreements to the SAG-AFTRA TV/theatrical contracts on April 27.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and state authorities stay-at-home orders, talks will likely be carried out through video teleconference.

SAG-AFTRA’s present three-year grasp contract expires on June 30.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will chair the union’s negotiating committee and nationwide government director David White will function SAG-AFTRA’s chief negotiator. The lead negotiator for the AMPTP will likely be president Carol Lombardini.

The events additionally introduced that the upcoming negotiations will likely be carried out underneath a proper media blackout. “Now we have no additional remark presently,” they mentioned.

Friday’s announcement got here with uncertainty surrounding the scheduled contract negotiations between Hollywood studios and the Writers Guild of America have hit a bump over the difficulty of the guild’s well being plan after WGA lead negotiator David Younger referred to as his studio counterparts “despicable.”

It’s unclear whether or not the dispute may derail the beginning of scheduled talks, set for Might 11.

The Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers introduced on April 18 that it had permitted a Might 11 beginning date and a provision that either side alternate their negotiating proposals on Might 1. AMPTP president Carol Lombardini assented in a letter to the timetable proposed by Younger, government director of the WGA West and lead negotiator.

The potential stumbling block facilities on Younger’s proposal in his April 15 letter that the WGA Well being Fund — which is collectively administered by representatives of the guild and the studios — lengthen eligibility to plan individuals by means of the top of the yr. Lombardini mentioned within the letter to Younger that she would wish to conduct discussions amongst studio reps earlier than she may reply.

Younger responded in a subsequent letter, “There will likely be an settlement when either side agree there’s one. You persons are despicable.”

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