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Heading into the holiday weekend, there are no fireworks coming from the Screen Actors Guild.

The union briefly resumed talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers today, but the meeting ended with SAG asking for more time to review the new contract the studios have proposed.

On Tuesday, SAG executive director Doug Allen said the deal as it stands is sorely lacking in the new-media residuals department.

SAG reps said they would contact the AMPTP on Monday, but no other sit-downs have been scheduled. The actors' previous contract with the alliance expired yesterday at 12:01 a.m.

"On Wednesday, we met at SAG's request for four hours to answer SAG's questions about our final offer," the AMPTP said in a statement. "SAG asked for more time to study our final offer and indicated it will contact the Producers on Monday. We remain hopeful that SAG will advise that it is accepting our final offer."

SAG has yet to call for a strike-authorization vote and has expressed its intention to keep its 120,000 members working under the auspices of the old contract until a new one can be hammered out.

"Guild negotiators are engaged in, and committed to, the negotiating process and are confident that an equal commitment from management will allow  the parties to reach a fair agreement that serves the needs of Screen Actors Guild members, their employers and the industry," read the statement issued by SAG Wednesday after talks ended.

As of today, cameras were still rolling on 17 major studio films, including the Da Vinci Code sequel Angels & Demons, according to a list compiled by the Hollywood Reporter, which also counted Toy Story 3 and five other animated films in production.

 

 

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