Guild board also holds hearing with Tiger Woods

Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood’s agents are expected to enter the final stages of talks today to hammer out a new operating agreement for agents.

Reps met Monday well into the evening at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles for the fifth straight day. Although both sides have agreed to refrain from commenting on the substance of negotiations, progress is apparently being made since there has been no move to extend the completion date past the previously announced Wednesday deadline.

The full negotiating committees for SAG and the Assn. of Talent Agents have met face-to-face each day, rather than assigning details to sidebar meetings. Talks have been headed by SAG’s national associate exec director John McGuire and ATA chief exec Karen Stuart.

“We will keep talking as long as there is something to talk about,” Stuart said.

Agents are seeking the loosening of financial-interest restrictions and the broadening of the portions of an actor’s income that can be commissioned, while actors are seeking greater protections for actors and the promise of aid in achieving long-term union goals, such as promoting diversity and organizing non-union employees.

The original Oct. 20 deadline for revamping the rules was extended due to SAG’s need to conclude an agreement to end its six-month strike against advertisers last week.

Trial board

In another strike-related development, SAG officials held a trial board via telephone Monday with golfer Tiger Woods over his decision to defy the union and film a non-union Buick commercial in Canada in July. Union spokeswoman Ilyane Kichaven said the proceeding would be continued today.

Woods, who was unapologetic about filming the spot, could be fined, suspended or expelled from SAG. The golfer spurned a non-union Nike ad on the second day of the strike.

Woods will have 15 days to appeal the trial board ruling before it goes into effect.

SAG is also expected to set a trial board date soon for Elizabeth Hurley over her non-union perfume ad. Hurley has apologized and donated $25,000 to SAG’s strike relief fund.

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