Final talks to be held March 7

The chief negotiator for talent agencies formally warned the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday that it should not back away from a week-old agreement granting expanded powers to agents.

The admonition came from Karen Stuart, executive director of the Assn. of Talent Agencies, in a letter to Ken Orsatti, SAG’s national executive director.

Orsatti and SAG president William Daniels have insisted the deal cannot be finalized until SAG’s national executive committee meets on March 7 to consider the two points that SAG’s national board left open to negotiation on Feb. 15.

Stuart has remained adamant that the deal is final and that her letter represents her organization’s official response to Orsatti’s Feb. 18 statement that “SAG cannot at this time accept your proposal of Feb. 16.”

In her letter, Stuart reviewed the year-long history of discussions, culminating in ATA’s Feb. 16 agreement on all 25 points of SAG’s proposal for a two-year waiver of its charter.

“I recite this somewhat detailed history because it establishes that an agreement has been reached between SAG and ATA,” Stuart wrote at the conclusion of the letter. “ATA intends to abide by the commitments it has undertaken and expects SAG to do the same.”

Stuart did not elaborate as to potential consequences if SAG’s executive board doesn’t confirm the national ruling group’s waiver decision. Orsatti and Daniels did not respond to Stuart’s letter.

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