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NextImg:Screen Actors Guild extends negotiation deadline after failing to reach agreement


After failed negotiations between the union representing entertainers and media companies, the two agreed to extend their deadline.

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists had intended to reach an agreement with Amazon/MGM, Apple, NBCUniversal, Disney/ABC/Fox, Netflix, Paramount/CBS, Sony, and Warner Bros. by midnight on June 30, when its previous contracts expire. Now, negotiations will go until July 12.

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"The agreements, which were set to expire at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight, will now expire on July 12, at 11:59 pm PT," SAG-AFTRA explained in a statement late Friday. "The parties will continue to negotiate under a mutually agreed upon media blackout."

Negotiations began June 7 and were preceded by an over 97% vote to strike by the 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members if a new contract isn't established. SAG-AFTRA offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the holiday, suggesting that Crabtree-Ireland and his team would not return to the negotiating table until later next week.

"The SAG-AFTRA National Board will meet on July 13, 2023 to assess whether a satisfactory deal has been reached. Based on that assessment, the National Board will determine whether to declare a strike," its statement went on. "Members should be prepared for the very real possibility that the National Board will declare a strike of the Codified Basic Agreement and Television Agreement effective as early as July 13, 2023."

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Meanwhile, the Writers Guild of America remains on strike for its ninth week in what included some 11,500 writers. WGA has come to a head with the same group of studios, networks, and streamers over higher wages.

The last time both WGA and SAG-AFTRA were simultaneously on strike was in 1960, with Ronald Reagan at the helm before he ran for president.