The Screen Actors Guild's negotiating committee voted Wednesday to support a strike authorization vote, a tactic meant to break stalled contract talks with Hollywood studios.

The recommendation, approved 11-2 late Wednesday, now goes to the guild's national board for review, and would ultimately need approval of 75 percent of the some 120,000 voting guild members. Contract talks dealing with prime-time TV shows and movies have been at a standstill since the previous contract expired June 30.

The studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, said the economy is in trouble and urged actors not to strike.


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