Blackout over Guild/Showbiz talks

SAG, AFTRA, AMPTP sitdown set for Monday

Upcoming contract negotiations between the performer unions and the showbiz congloms will take place under a news blackout.

The joint announcement was made Friday morning by the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The statement didn’t elaborate but it has been common for Hollywood unions to opt for a blackout during negotiations in recent years — with the exception of the Writers Guild of America, which provided extensive communication about negotiations before and during its 2007-08 strike.

SAG, AFTRA and the AMPTP are set to start talks on a new master contract covering feature and primetime work on Monday at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. SAG negotiated a seven-week period for these talks as part of its current deal, placing it ahead of the Directors Guild of America in the current negotiating cycle.

The DGA’s talks are set to start in mid-November. The SAG, AFTRA and DGA contracts all expire on June 30.

The WGA has not yet set a date for negotiations. Its contract expires May 1.

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