Actors union negotiators meet, deal report said premature

Mon Apr 6, 2009 7:41pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's largest acting union will hold a meeting of its negotiating task force on Tuesday although a spokeswoman said a report of a near deal with movie studios on a new contract was premature.

The task force will meet at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Screen Actors Guild, the biggest U.S. actors' union with 120,000 members.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that SAG and the Hollywood studios could be close to a deal, but a union spokeswoman said that cannot be confirmed.

"Any report of a tentative agreement on any aspect of our TV/theatrical negotiations is premature," said Pamela Greenwalt, a spokeswoman for SAG.

"SAG's leadership remains engaged in ongoing efforts to secure a fair deal for SAG members," she said.

A representative for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios, declined to comment.

David White, interim executive director of SAG, has been in backchannel talks with heads of Hollywood studios, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

SAG is seeking a deal covering film and television performers to replace a contract with Hollywood's major studios that expired on June 30, 2008. Production work has slowed down in Hollywood as a result of the contract talk stalemate.   Continued...

<p>The Hollywood sign is seen on a hazy afternoon in Los Angeles, California, November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>