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SAG Seeks Federal Mediator for Contract Talks

21 Oct, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The union representing television and film actors said it would formally request federal mediation to help un-stall contract negotiations with producers and studios.

SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which met for 44 days of formal negotiations, have not reached an agreement to the labor contract that expired June 30.

The AMPTP offered a deal that included $250 million in pay hikes and jurisdiction of new media. Actors are seeking greater compensation from Internet distribution in addition to revamping the 20-year-old DVD residual agreement, which the studios have steadfastly refused to address.

“We hope mediation will help move this process forward,” said Alan Rosenberg, president of SAG. “This action by the board demonstrates our commitment to bargain with the strength of our unified membership behind us. Economic times are tough for all Americans, but we must take a stand for what is fair.”

A representative from AMPTP was not immediately available for comment.

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