HOLLYWOOD — Film-TV contract negotiations between actors and studios remained in a deep freeze Thursday with little expectation of a resumption until next week.
Both sides continued to observe the news blackout, imposed when talks began May 15, and said only that negotiators were reviewing the competing proposals. Bargainers have met face to face only four times, and not since May 24, even though contract expires in 30 days.
With the slow pace, chances of an early deal are disappearing. Many in Hollywood hoped negotiators could use the momentum of the May 4 Writers Guild of America pact to finish the talks by early June, but sources said both sides will probably need most of this month to work out a tentative agreement.
The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will hold a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Gotham to update members on negotiations. A similar May 19 confab in Los Angeles drew less than 100 members.