Don’t look for a fresh deal with talent agents to top any New Year’s resolution lists at SAG.
Nearly four years after the last franchise agreement bit the dust in April 2002 when SAG members voted down a revamp, there’s been almost no effort toward a new pact.
In fact, only SAG seems to miss having one, and generally only when its leaders are up for election.
SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg promised in August that he’d seek to relaunch talks with the Assn. of Talent Agents and the National Assn. of Talent Relations, which represent most of the major showbiz agencies, but didn’t go any further.
“We haven’t been asked to negotiate since the franchise agreement expired,” says Karen Stuart, the ATA’s exec director.
Many of the town’s smaller agencies continue to abide by SAG rules, but four years now have passed by without SAG members being required to work only for SAG-regulated agencies.
“I think the campaign rhetoric is well-intentioned, but there really isn’t anything to disrupt,” Stuart says. “The sky hasn’t fallen.”