Runaway prod’n meet leads to more talks

Meeting 'productive,' included info, ideas exchange

HOLLYWOOD — Reps of studios, nets and Hollywood unions, in a first-ever meeting to discuss possible contract concessions to counteract runaway production, agreed Thursday to go ahead with further negotiations.

The orgs, meeting at the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television headquarters in Encino, issued a joint statement indicating that enough progress was made to set up a structure to work out possible agreements.

No date was announced for the next meeting.

Thursday’s event grew out of the recently ratified contract by the Directors Guild of America, which included a guarantee by the AMPTP to set up such a meeting. The DGA has been active in recent years in seeking ways to put the brakes on runaway production.

Exchange of ideas

In the statement, the participants called the meeting “productive” and said it included an exchange of info and ideas on the causes and impact of runaway production, as well as a declaration of support for the various federal and state legislative initiatives.

“The guilds, unions and companies had a frank discussion about the scope of runaway production, and there was agreement that the complex nature of the problem merits the creation of an ongoing forum for us to examine how to cooperatively address this issue in a real and substantive way,” they concluded.

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