STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

 

 

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UPDATE: According to several wire sources, the major studios are playing hard ball telling SAG by letter Wednesday  that if the union does not accept its final contract offer by Aug. 15 any proposed wage increases would not be retroactive. The producers’ final offer reportedly included $250 million in additional compensation over three years. If the Aug. 15 deadline passes before the union ratifies a contract actors could lose more than $200,000 a day in increases dating to July 1, the day the new contract would take effect. According to sources the two sides seem headed toward an impasse. The studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, plan to meet with SAG today  to discuss their final offer. Earlier this week the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists with 70,000 members ratified a three-year deal retroactive to July 1. SAG represents 120,000 actors in movies, TV and other media. It represents the vast majority of work in prime-time TV and movies. SAG has not called for a strike authorization vote. The guild said it is seeking further increases in compensation for DVD sales and Internet content and additional terms covering actors who must endorse products in scripted scenes. The producers’ chief negotiator said in a letter to California’s state Legislature Wednesday that the studio alliance had presented its “last and best and final” offer to the guild…

 

LOCAL MOTIONS: IATSE 665 member Guy Belegaud, who works on ABC’s Lost in the construction department from carpenter to coordinator, spent seven months in Chicago working on Dark Knight, the upcoming Batman sequel to be released this month. He was general foreman on the pic managing set fabrication. Belegaud is no stranger to blockbusters having also worked on Spider-Man 1 & 2, and Tears of the SunHe’s also is a member Local 44 member in Los Angeles…

Liquid Planet Studios one of Hawaii’s high definition production leaders, will film next year’s Merrie Monarch Festival in HD. It’s the first time that’s been done for what has been called the Olympic of hula. The one-year deal between Liquid Planet, Merrie Monarch organization and KITV4 which broadcasts the event in the islands was signed last month. It’s a major coup for the Honolulu-based business – www.liquidplanetstudios.com – which also does equipment and studio rental, post production at its Iwilei facility, all with its state of the art new HD Fiber Fly-pack with Final Cut Studio Pro…The production company will use eight HD cameras for the filming… 

 

FOR WHAT ITS WORTH DEPT. Celebrity photographers – aka paparazzi – are out in force again this summer especially at their favorite feeding grounds around Wailea, Maui. Some eight paps – including six from a single agency – swarmed actor Ashley Tisdale, boyfriend Jared Murillo and her parents who were staying at the Four Seasons Maui. Lots of recruiting being done for Hawaii-based photogs by the BIG L.A. agencies: a Kauai local just switched one L.A. agency for another for more money; another agency is using a respected Oahu photog to cover celebs on this island… 

 

 

 

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