SAG makes tentative deal with studios

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. The proposal includes wage increases, and on the contentious issue of new media, it follows the example set by the recent /*AFTRA*/ contract.

According to Ned Vaughn, /*SAG*/ board member, "the items pertaining to new media sunset at the end of this deal. And then we're going to go back in and negotiate, hopefully, with the combined strength of our sister union AFTRA."

In a statement, the /*Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers*/ said "because both sides were willing to compromise we now have an agreement that will provide SAG members with meaningful wage boosts, pension increases, first-class health benefits, and a complete set of new media rights and residuals. With this agreement in place, our entire industry can work together to overcome the enormous economic challenges before us."

However, some concern has been expressed about terms of the contract and possible lasting effects on actors. Alan Rosenberg, SAG president, said "I just really don't know, given this deal, how actors such as myself will be able to sustain themselves. I really do believe it could be the end of the acting profession as we know it." Rosenberg has vowed to oppose contract ratification.


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