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#1 Tim Tyler

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:01 PM

Film and TV crew members rally amid SAG talks

About 100 film and TV workers, including cinematographers, studio drivers, makeup artists and prop makers, staged a rally this morning outside the Sherman Oaks headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers -- the negotiating arm of the studios -- urging the parties to "reach a speedy resolution to the current stalemate."

Rally organizers said their purpose was not to take a position on the contract dispute, but to convey a sense of urgency about how the continuing stalemate was creating hardships for entertainment industry workers.Ctlogosmall

"We decided we needed to be seen physically,'' said Ed Gutentag, a cinematographer and spokesman for the self-described "Let's Get Back to Work" coalition. "We're not taking sides, we just want to send a message that we're suffering by their inability to come up with a deal."

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#2 Peter Moretti

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:21 AM

This is a HUGE issue. I really believe the governor should step in and "force" an agreemnet. Essentially, the deal the DGA and WGA got with the same expiration date. This way the whole web residuals issue can be revisited with leverage in 2011. But right now, the industry is hurting badly and so is California. Left to their own devices, SAG and the AMPTP will just continue doing what they have been doing--which clearly isn't working.
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