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Screen Actors Guild Scales Back Contract Demands

May 02, 2008

The Screen Actors Guild scaled back its contract demands in an effort to reach a deal with major Hollywood studios, a person familiar with contract talks said Friday.

SAG is now seeking what would effectively be a 15% increase in residual fees for DVD sales, said the person who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Producers previously accused the guild of seeking to double the fees.  The guild also reduced its demand for a 50% pay increase for guest stars on TV shows.  Talks with the smaller American Federation of Television and Radio Artists had been set for Monday but were reset for Wednesday.

Both sides have said they want to avoid a repeat of the 100-day strike by Hollywood writers that shut down production of dozens of TV shows.  Read More