Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild will have to decide this week if they want to make a deal -- or keep Hollywood on edge about whether actors will strike this summer, Variety reports.
Both sides have kept a tight lid on news about the negotiations, but it's understood that minimal progress has been achieved after two weeks of negotiations. Unlike the WGA talks before and during the writers strike, however, the process with SAG has been cordial.
The optimistic view is that SAG will have to start compromising in the next few sessions, since it faces a Friday deadline to reach a deal or face the prospect of rival union AFTRA signing a primetime deal next week that could lead to the guild losing shows to AFTRA. That's a serious threat given the abysmal relations between the performers unions -- which are negotiating separately for the first time in 27 years.
The negative view is that SAG's leaders may be willing to take that chance in hopes they can pressure the majors into a better deal as the June 30 contract expiration gets closer.
SAG and the majors return to the bargaining table at noon today after taking the weekend off. Previous plans had called for negotiations to continue on Saturday, but SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers noted that last week's move to extend the time frame for the talks until the end of this week had alleviated the need for the sides to work through the weekend.
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