Runaway prod’n confab delayed

Session likely re-scheduled in a few weeks

HOLLYWOOD — Studios and Hollywood unions have decided to delay a first-ever meeting this week to discuss ways of putting the brakes on runaway production, including perhaps agreeing to contract concessions.

Confab, which had been set for Wednesday, resulted from the DGA’s recent ratification of its three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. That pact included an agreement to bring together the AMPTP and the unions to address “possible contract remedies.”

Reps for several unions indicated the session was likely to be re-scheduled in a few weeks. Invites to the event, to be held at AMPTP headquarters in Encino, have gone out to leaders of DGA, SAG, AFTRA, WGA, IATSE and the Teamsters.

The unions have come out strongly in favor of pending federal and state wage-based tax credit legislation, which is largely aimed at keeping low-budget projects in the U.S.

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