The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have met again on Wednesday, a reunion that concluded with “mixed results,” according to sources from Deadline. It is still unknown if the parties will meet again soon to continue the talks, which apparently are “progressive,” which means that both sides are willing to negotiate.
On the other hand, while WGA and AMPTP are reportedly back at the negotiating table, the same cannot be said about SAG-AFTRA. “We are ready and waiting for that to happen for us. We are so ready that even the WGA going in and continuing the negotiations is a sign of hope for us so that hopefully AMPTP get their act together and get back to the table,” Ezra Knight, the New York Local President for SAG-AFTRA, as well as a member of the negotiating committee, told TheWrap.
On Monday, in solidarity with the WGA, SAG-AFTRA modified its Interim Agreements policy for indie projects to exclude those shot in the United States and covered by the WGA. More than 200 productions have signed interim agreements with SAG-AFTRA, and those deals will remain in effect.
“The Interim Agreement is an important element of our strike strategy,” the SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee said in a statement on Monday. “We will now exclude from Interim Agreements any WGA-covered project to be produced in the United States. We have been advised by the WGA that this modification will assist them in executing their strike strategy, and we believe it does not undermine the utility and effectiveness of ours. It is a win-win change,” the association said.
“This means that, going forward, for productions taking place in the United States, SAG-AFTRA will only grant Interim Agreements for non-WGA-covered projects. And our staff will continue to investigate each application for an Interim Agreement to ensure only true independent productions are included,” SAG-AFTRA added.