Following acquiescence to Federal intervention in the Screen Actors Guild/Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers contract dispute, the two sides will meet face-to-face officially for the first time in five months on Thursday.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, the Federal mediator who bridged the divide in the Writers Guild of America/AMPTP negotiations earlier this year, has been meeting with both sides separately over the course of the last few weeks. The two haven’t sat at a table together since the AMPTP made a ‘final’ offer of a new contract at the end of June, refusing to bargain any more afterwards. The SAG rejected that offer in their final meeting on 15 July.
The SAG is also holding a membership caucus on the subject of residuals in new media, the issue at the heart of this contract dispute, on Tuesday.