Later today, on the fifth floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, a resolution may be reached in the five-month old strike against commercial producers by the actors' unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
At this hour, the producers of commercials are reviewing a recent union proposal, which was delivered by the actors on Sept. 25.
While a new commercial contract would be welcome news for actors and producers alike, a negative reaction from the producers could strain relations, perhaps to the point where the actors step away from the talks once again. Both sides resumed discussions under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Sept. 13. Eleven days of negotiating have taken place since that time.
Playbill On-Line has learned that the marathon talks held over the weekend were taxing for both sides, and that the actors' unions expects an answer to its most recent proposal today.
Compromise appears to be a key theme to the latest proposal, the content of which has not been released. Both sides are respecting a media lockout on the talks. A call to the negotiating team for commercial producers was not returned at press time.
A SAG spokesperson told Playbill On-Line that, "Everything is sheer speculation at this point. "
-- By Murdoch McBride