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SAG rejects producers' 'final' offer
UPI ^ | 7/10/08

Posted on 07/10/2008 7:56:48 PM PDT by hole_n_one

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- A group of Hollywood TV and film producers said the Screen Actors Guild declined to accept its final offer for a new contract Thursday.

"Today's meeting demonstrated that SAG's Membership First contingent unreasonably expects to obtain more in these negotiations than directors, writers and other actors obtained during their negotiations," the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in a statement Thursday.

AMPTP said its final offer included more than $250 million in additional compensation, important new media rights and protection for pension and health benefits.

"The refusal of SAG's Hollywood leadership to accept this offer is the latest in a series of actions by SAG leaders that, in our opinion, puts labor peace at risk," the producers said. "SAG's Hollywood leaders have already pursued a time-consuming, divisive, costly, and unsuccessful anti-(American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) campaign. Any further delay in reaching a reasonable and comprehensive agreement does a disservice to the thousands of working people of our industry who are already being seriously harmed by the ever worsening de facto strike."

AMPTP urged SAG's Hollywood leaders to put its final offer to SAG members for ratification.

"The last thing we need is a long, hot summer of labor strife that puts even more pressure on a badly struggling economy and deprives audiences of the entertainment they clearly desire in such difficult times," the producers said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amptp; babylon; fag; filmactorsguild; hollyweird; sag; strike

1 posted on 07/10/2008 8:05:04 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

I thought they were the Film Actors Guild?


2 posted on 07/10/2008 8:07:21 PM PDT by rlmorel (Clinging bitterly to Guns and God in Massachusetts...:)
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To: hole_n_one

oh yeah we’re doomed if these people never work again.


3 posted on 07/10/2008 8:08:12 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (please consider the environment when purchasing the New York Times)
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To: rlmorel

We ought to be offering them some moral support, ya know?

“Nice job, F.A.G.!”


4 posted on 07/10/2008 8:09:32 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: hole_n_one
Alfred Hitchcock called actors cattle and said they're replaceable.
5 posted on 07/10/2008 8:09:43 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to Impeach Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; keep your eye on these House hearings.)
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To: Old Sarge

6 posted on 07/10/2008 8:11:26 PM PDT by rlmorel (Clinging bitterly to Guns and God in Massachusetts...:)
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To: hole_n_one

Ut, oh. Get ready for even more “reality” shows.


7 posted on 07/10/2008 8:13:47 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: the invisib1e hand

Heh...I saw the new “Get Smart” movie a few weeks ago, and at some point one of the evil bad guy characters laments their plan will cause the death of the Hollywood actors....

The top bad guys says “Yes. What WILL we do without their razor sharp political opinions?”

I loved it. The face, the tone of voice...it was perfect. Worth the price of admission...:)


8 posted on 07/10/2008 8:16:15 PM PDT by rlmorel (Clinging bitterly to Guns and God in Massachusetts...:)
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To: rlmorel

ping, (I just wanted the Gif) :^)


9 posted on 07/10/2008 8:16:26 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: rlmorel

It was said that it was a smear Bush fiesta. I haven’t seen it.


10 posted on 07/10/2008 8:18:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (please consider the environment when purchasing the New York Times)
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To: rlmorel
Alec Baldwin is deeply saddened...


11 posted on 07/10/2008 8:19:09 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: Finalapproach29er

Correct. Even though I live in the heart of Hollywood, I have contempt for these overpaid MF’s.

2 weeks ago, I walked past a casting network office near my place. I spoke to an “actor wanna be” who couldn;t get an audition. He later explained that he didn’t want to join SAG because of the fees involved, and because he’s a newbie and “poor”, why does he have to pay this X amt of $$$? (which made sense). The rule says that you can only (accdg to my interpretation) do “acting” jobs w/o SAG permission 3 times in the industry.

That office near my place is run like a prisonyard. A true prick who drives a Kerry Edwards sticker...typical.


12 posted on 07/10/2008 8:19:31 PM PDT by max americana
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To: the invisib1e hand

It really wasn’t, and I look for that stuff. I saw it as a conservative and loved it, my wife who is somewhat apolitical loved it, and my liberal brother loved it...:)

They make a few jabs, but that comment made it all worthwhile...oh, the contempt...:)


13 posted on 07/10/2008 8:28:44 PM PDT by rlmorel (Clinging bitterly to Guns and God in Massachusetts...:)
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To: hole_n_one
"The last thing we need is a long, hot summer of labor strife that puts even more pressure on a badly struggling economy and deprives audiences of the entertainment they clearly desire in such difficult times,"...

How about the entertainment we are paying for?!

I am sick and tired of the so-called entertainment industry's mediocre to no product which I have to pay for several times over through satellite fees, commercials, etc. As far as I am concerned, the whole industry can strike and starve.

Go ahead. Strike. I shall find my entertainment elsewhere.

14 posted on 07/10/2008 8:34:51 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Journalists, Educators, Environmentalists, Democrats, & Rinos; Communism's Fifth Column!)
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To: hole_n_one

SAG, you are doing just what I would want you to do. You are stupid liberals, hurting stupid liberals, who would only have brought out more liberal crud for the world to hate America all the more.

Please help bankrupt Hollywood. Please.


15 posted on 07/10/2008 8:35:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: hole_n_one

Oh crap. Not another strike. Geez...


16 posted on 07/10/2008 8:38:53 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Yeah. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. I wonder if these numbskulls realize just how many people got USED to not watching TV or going to their lousy movies during the LAST strike.

Kinda reminds me of one of the baseball strikes, where the teams brought up the minor league players... and STILL filled the stands. Turns out people wanted to see baseball... not necessarily the “star” players.


17 posted on 07/10/2008 9:04:07 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: hole_n_one
The actors will go on strike? There goes the fall season!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

18 posted on 07/10/2008 9:09:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: hole_n_one

I saw something on the news last night about SAG trying strong arm and attempt a hostile takeover of AFTRA. SAG are the crybabies and tantrum throwers of Hollywood. Its filled with liberal actors who think they are part of some holy movement every time someone gets pissed at the money people. They don’t take scabs lightly, if you cross the line during a strike, you will never work in Hollywood again, guaranteed.


19 posted on 07/10/2008 10:43:57 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Marriage=1 man+1 woman! Vote "YES" on Prop 8, amend the Calif. State Constitution this November.)
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To: Pravious

I was one of those people...just did not care about any of those shows when they came back....


20 posted on 07/10/2008 10:45:15 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: 444Flyer
There were 5,000 movies made in this country last year. Most of them were independent ("indie") movies made with non-union actors. Most of these movies did not star Will Smith or Brad Pitt. The technology is rapidly evolving for a direct delivery system to consumers of digital movies.

What is going on in Hollywood right now is a circular firing squad taking place aboard the deck of the sinking Titanic. The dumb asses don't even see it.

21 posted on 07/11/2008 2:59:12 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: the invisib1e hand

Now you’ve done it! You’ll upset those who love the Hollyweird teat.


22 posted on 07/11/2008 5:18:08 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (The McCainiac's creed: Death to America by a thousand cuts)
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To: max americana

For a non union actor to work a SAG show, he/she will be Taft-Hartley’d when he gets the part. After that, he’ll be a “must join” and will have to go down to SAG and pay his dues. SAG shows don’t like to cast non union actors because most times a fine is given to the Production Office because a non SAG actor was hired. There’s a form that has to be filled out and sent to SAG explaining why you cast the non union actor over a union actor. A non union AFTRA actor can work and get paid up to his first 30 days. After that, dues are withheld from his paycheck. Of course, the rules may have changes since I was in the business.

Which casting office is near your home?


23 posted on 07/11/2008 5:29:50 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Pravious
Kinda reminds me of one of the baseball strikes, where the teams brought up the minor league players... and STILL filled the stands. Turns out people wanted to see baseball... not necessarily the “star” players.
Reminds me of when the Dallas Cowboy went on strike and called in the scabs... and the scabs were better!!! :D
24 posted on 07/11/2008 5:47:52 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
What is going on in Hollywood right now is a circular firing squad taking place aboard the deck of the sinking Titanic.
sink faster, PLEASE!!! BTW, it sickened me that they made such a dramatic event like the Titanic disaster into a romance... (even worse.. starring Decapitated (dicaprio))..
25 posted on 07/11/2008 5:51:18 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: hole_n_one

The union actors should receive all the proceeds from a film. They are the reason for the sales. There should be no ongoing proceeds to producers that do not totally acrue from the sweat and tears of the actors. Actors are not hamburger flippers or assembly line operators. Actors are personalities. </sarc>


26 posted on 07/11/2008 5:57:42 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: peggybac

That was the term I was looking for: Taft-Hartley. The Crossroads of the World is almost 2 blocks away from where I live. The office is Casting Networks. The parking lot is filled with Kerry-Edwards (yes, until now...stupid losers) and Obama stickers.


27 posted on 07/11/2008 10:20:31 PM PDT by max americana
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To: rlmorel

That’s what he said in Get Smart? I’ll watch it then!

Too bad there won;t be a Get Smart 2. Steve Carrel’s contract stipulates that if the opening weekend was $40 million, then a sequel is a go.

BUT, it made $39.5 so it’s a no go...


28 posted on 07/11/2008 10:24:20 PM PDT by max americana
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