ATA to schedule meetings next week

Leaders of the town’s talent agents decided Wednesday to follow the example of the Screen Actors Guild and stall before making a decision on the union’s troubled deal with agents.

Karen Stuart, executive director of the Assn. of Talent Agents, issued a statement saying only that the organization’s strategic planning committee had met and, as a result, ATA would schedule meetings for its general membership and board of directors early next week.

The ATA is facing the prospect of its landmark deal with SAG is falling apart even though ATA agreed to all 25 SAG proposals on Feb. 16. SAG’s leaders have insisted the deal has not been finalized, and the union’s executive committee decided Tuesday to refer a final decision back to its national board when that body’s two sections meet April 3 and 10. This could result in the agreement being thrown out by the national board or being voted down by referendum.

Over the past year, the ATA and SAG had negotiated a two-year waiver of SAG’s financial-interest rules, with the proposed changes allowing agents to invest indirectly in media and production companies and vice versa.

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