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AFTRA is willing to play second fiddle, for now.

The American Federation of TV and Radio Artists said Wednesday it would put off studio contract negotiations, scheduled to begin April 28, until May 5 to give the Screen Actors Guild more time to hammer out a new deal.

"We believe we can best serve our members' interests by briefly postponing our negotiations," the union said in a statement—a logical conclusion considering it was the AMPTP, which represents the purse string-wielding major studios and networks, that requested the postponement.

With all involved looking to avert another industry-crippling strike, the 70,000-strong AFTRA, which mainly represents broadcast performers, announced last month that it would conduct talks separately from SAG, although at least half of everyone on AFTRA's roster are also card-carrying SAG members.

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