Sept. 8 member meetings to address talks

In a sign it may be moving toward a videogames deal, the Screen Actors Guild has scheduled a series of member meetings about the talks.

SAG had no comment about the Sept. 8 caucuses in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The guild disclosed the meetings Thursday in a message to members, saying only that it would provide an update on the negotiations.

SAG has kept mum about the talks, which launched several months ago. People familiar with the bargaining have indicated negotiators have been making progress in recent weeks toward a tentative deal, which would replace the pact that expired last year.

If the vidgame deal is concluded, it will be the sixth SAG contract that’s been wrapped up since April — including commercials, feature-primetime, TV animation, basic cable animation and basic cable live-action, the last of which was ratified Wednesday with 93.7% support.

AFTRA agreed late last year to a one-year extension on its vidgame pact with a 3% increase in initial compensation for all session fees and a 0.5% gain in health and retirement contributions. That deal will expire at the end of this year.

The SAG contract covers performers for such publishing giants as Electronic Arts and about 70 other gaming companies. The SAG and AFTRA deals in 2005 gave members a 36% increase in the base rate of $556.20 per session for vidgame voiceover work.

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