Guild members vie for President's attention

About 100 SAG actors picketed outside NBC Burbank studios Thursday while President Obama was inside with Jay Leno for a taping of “The Tonight Show.”

The protest was organized in hopes of bringing the issue of SAG’s contract stalemate to Obama’s attention. The Membership First faction of SAG has been urging members to vote down whatever deal’s sent out for ratification due to its perceived shortcomings in new media.

“I told the president’s office that there would be demonstrators outside NBC to alert him to the fact that many of our members won’t be able to make any living if this deal’s shoved down our throats,” said Scott Wilson, who organized the event.

SAG national board members Frances Fisher and Nancy Sinatra attended along with former board members Michael Bell and Susan Savage.

SAG’s feature-primetime deal expired June 30. The congloms and the guild nearly finalized an agreement last month, but those talks collapsed over the issue of whether the new deal would expire in 2011 or 2012.

SAG members opposed to the AMPTP deal hoped to draw President Obama’s attention with pickets at NBC in Burbank, where he was taping ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.’

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