Inside Move: Guild powwow looks to curtail pic exodus

SAG estimates pension, health plan took $23 mil hit due to runaway prod'n

Hollywood unions are taking a potentially painful meeting this week with studios and nets.

The labor orgs will sit down March 6 to discuss possible “contract remedies” to deal with the problem of runaway production. The powerful Directors Guild of America has organized the first-ever confab with the pledge that concessions will come only in exchange for guarantees of keeping work in the United States.

Runaway production has been taking a heavy toll. The Screen Actors Guild estimates that its pension and health plan took a $23 million hit over the last five years from productions that have fled the country to avoid paying guild rates, and SAG projects the figure will hit $36 million over the next five years.

The unions may be ready to deal, if SAG’s position is any indication. A key part of the recent tentative deal between SAG and talent agents calls for tenpercenters to help enforce the guild’s “Global Rule One” campaign, which seeks to deter actors from working overseas under non-union contracts.

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