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Actors Reach ‘Devastatingly Unsatisfactory’ Agreement with Studios

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Posted on Jun 9, 2009

After a year of haggling (and not much to show for it), the Screen Actors Guild has agreed to a two-year contract with the major studios. SAG President Alan Rosenberg dismissed the deal as “devastatingly unsatisfactory.” So dramatic.


The SAG said the deal raised actors’ minimum pay by 3% as part of a $105m package of improvements.

But there appeared to be no significant pay increase for internet appearances - a key sticking point in the talks.

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By hippie4ever, June 13, 2009 at 12:35 am Link to this comment

I didn’t realise you needed actors for reality TV and cop shows. Oh I guess you need to act a little to play a cop but since that’s the only fictional role on TV any actor should be able to perform in his/her sleep.

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By esmeralda, June 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

I normally trust Truthdig, but I happen to be an actor who has been following the SAG negotiations closely for years, and your use of a BBC analysis of this vote is so full of—shall we say, holes, that now I wonder, what else are you getting wrong?
    Do your own reporting, or check out the NPR report on the vote, or ask a few SAG members who voted, why they voted overwhelmingly to support the contract at this time.  Don’t ask the Brits.  They don’t have a clue, apparently.

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By warbad, June 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know why truthdig would go so far away (the BBC) to get the low down on the results of a contract vote happening in its own back yard.

The result of this boomerang reporting a terribly skewed view of the overall package and with no mention of the details. This deal that was approved by an overwhelming majority and featured an historic voter turnout for this union.

This normally incisive news outlet resorted to glimpses from afar that added nothing to the understanding of the issue.

“But there appeared to be no significant pay increase for internet appearances - a key sticking point in the talks.” This statement alone is so fundamentally uninformed as to render the entire BBC dispatch suspect.

truthdig can do better. You’ve proven it many times.

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