The prospect of negotiations slip further into the ether with the expected filing of a complaint by SAG President Alan Rosenberg on Thursday
Latest statement from SAG and AFTRA after Saturday meetings about commercial contracts:
"On Saturday, February 7, the Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists met in videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved by an overwhelming majority a package of proposals for the changes to the AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts and SAG Television Commercials Contract. The SAG and AFTRA Commercials Contracts will be bargained under the terms of the Phase One Agreement that applies to the Commercials Contracts negotiations only. Negotiations are scheduled to commence on February 23 in New York. "
Earlier, at 5:00 pm on Thursday:
Back Stage’s Strike Watch blog reports that SAG and the AMPTP are planning their next tête-à-tête for February 17 and 18, but representatives for both sides would not confirm the meeting. However, SAG’s Communications Executive Director, Pamela Greenwalt, told TheWrap that "dates have not been confirmed."
A Superior Court judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order to block the removal of Doug Allen as the negotiator for the Screen Actors Guild.
He denied the request for the order by SAG President Alan Rosenberg, vice president Anne-Marie Johnson and their supporters on the grounds that the claim had little probability of success on its merits.
“I’m pleased that we can put this matter behind us and dedicate our complete focus to the needs of Screen Actors Guild members. There’s a lot of work ahead of us.” said Screen Actors Guild Interim National Executive Director David White.
The SAG national board of directors will meet jointly with AFTRA on Saturday to discuss upcoming commercial contracts negotiations, and will have a SAG board meeting on Sunday. Both will be held via videoconference in Los Angeles and New York.