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SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood Producers Start Contract Talks on May 5

The union’s national board unanimously approves proposals for upcoming negotiations on primetime TV, feature film pact

Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will begin on May 5, the union said Sunday.

The announcement came after SAG-AFTRA’s national board met this weekend in Los Angeles, and unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming primetime TV and feature film negotiations. The current 3-year deal expires on June 30, and the talks will be held at the AMPTP’s headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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Ken Howard, president of the combined Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television, Radio Artists, will chair the TV/Theatrical contracts negotiations and national executive director David White is the union’s chief negotiator.

The approval of the package follows the meeting of the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Contracts Wages & Working Conditions Plenary Committee on April 5, in which the committee approved the proposal negotiation package for presentation to the national board.

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The actors are the only group of Hollywood creatives who have yet to reach a new agreement. The East and West leadership of the Writers Guild of America last week sent a new three-year contract to its membership for ratification, after reaching a deal with the AMPTP on April 2.

The Directors Guild members ratified their new three-year agreement in January.