Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA AND AMPTP to Commence Negotiations Under Press Blackout

Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA AND AMPTP to Commence Negotiations Under Press Blackout

Los Angeles (September 24, 2010) – In a joint statement issued today, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced they will commence negotiations on successor agreements to the AFTRA Exhibit A (Primetime TV) and SAG TV/Theatrical contracts on Monday, September 27, 2010. The talks will take place at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The lead negotiator for the AMPTP will be President Carol Lombardini. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon and Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard will co-chair the negotiations for the unions, and Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White and AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth will serve as the unions’ co-lead negotiators.

The parties also announced that the upcoming negotiations will be conducted under a formal news blackout. We will have no further comment at this time.

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About AFTRA
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, (AFTRA, AFL-CIO), are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.
 
About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.
 
About AMPTP
The AMPTP, the entertainment industry's official collective bargaining representative, negotiates 80 industry-wide collective bargaining agreements on behalf of over 350 motion picture and television producers (member companies include the production entities of the studios, broadcast networks, certain cable networks and independent producers).  For more about AMPTP, visit www.AMPTP.org.