The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Thursday afternoon that it had agreed to the request by the Screen Actors Guild that talks resume with the help of mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

SAG said in response, "We look forward to meeting with the federal mediator and the AMPTP committee as soon as possible." No date's been announced yet for the new round of negotiations. The two sides -- which have remained far apart in many areas, particularly new media -- last met on July 16.

The AMPTP left little doubt that it's not going to budge from its final offer, made June 30 as SAG's feature-primetime contract expired. The org, serves as the bargaining arm for the congloms, noted that it's reached deals with the WGA, DGA and AFTRA and added that SAG's insisted that it must receive sweeter terms.


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