SAG-AFTRA, Producers Extend Contract 2nd Time as Talks Continue

The 24-hour extension gives the two sides another chance to make a deal before the July 4 holiday

Negotiators for SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood producers late Tuesday extended their contract for the second time in as many days, in a bid to wrap up bargaining on a new primetime TV and movie contract. The talks began on May 2.

The 24-hour extension of the Minimum Basic Agreement enables the performers union’s 165,000 members to continue working under its current provisions. The two sides have imposed a news blackout since the talks began.

The union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have been meeting at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif., since May 2 in a bid to reach agreement on a successor deal to their current three-year pact.

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SAG-AFTRA is the only one of Hollywood’s three major creative guilds that hasn’t reached a new deal this year. The Directors Guild of America in January agreed on a new pact, which went into effect Tuesday and runs through June 30, 2017. The Writers Guild of America in April ratified a new contract which took effect May 2 and runs through May 2017.

The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television, Radio Artists have negotiated jointly in the past. But this is the first time they have come to the table as one union, following their merger in 2012.