The Screen Actors Guild has given assurances to independent film companies by offering contracts that guarantee completion of work beyond the 30 June contract expiry date between the union and the AMPTP.
Doug Allen, the SAG’s chief negotiator and national executive director, had this to say on the proposal. “We are pleased to offer guaranteed completion contracts to independent producers who are such an important source of employment for actors. These [contracts] will allow independent producers to continue their work and continue to generate job opportunities for our members even as AMPTP employers decide unilaterally whether or when to greenlight new theatrical productions.”
While this covers most independent firms, any who have ties to AMPTP-represented companies will not be eligible.
Ever since the resolution of the WGA strikes last month, Hollywood has been looking increasingly anxiously towards the impending contract renegotiations with the SAG. While nobody has announced a strike as of yet, splits in the Guild and moves such as this as well as a lack of prior negotiation all point towards the possibility of industrial action.