SAG harbors hopes

Guild prexy's upbeat on deal in message

Screen Actors Guild prexy William Daniels has sounded a hopeful note in a message to the guild’s 98,000 members, declaring that gains in the writers’ deal may improve the chances of a deal at upcoming negotiations.

“We remain optimistic that there is a deal to be made,” Daniels said. “Though, at this time, our proposals — approved unanimously by the joint boards of SAG/AFTRA — remain confidential, we are certainly happy for the writers and the important gains they made without a strike and anticipate those gains may serve as a stepping stone for SAG and AFTRA.”

SAG and AFTRA will exchange proposals and launch talks Tuesday at Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers headquarters in Encino.

“Bearing in mind that actors have separate concerns, which will need to be addressed in a different way, we hope that the AMPTP and the networks are as apt to make a deal with us as they were with the writers,” Daniels said.

Daniels also noted that WGA leaders, in the aftermath of the deal announcement, acknowledged the importance of last year’s actors’ strike against advertisers. ‘SAG members should be proud for any contributions we might have made to the writers in achieving the breakthroughs they did on behalf of all the guilds and unions servicing the entertainment industry,” he said.

Daniels also announced that SAG and AFTRA will hold a town hall meeting for members May 19 at Los Angeles’ Wadsworth Theater. A similar meeting has been set for a few days later in Gotham, but details have not yet been finalized.

SAG will also hold a general membership meeting on June 3 at the Universal Sheraton in Los Angeles.

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