SAG-AFTRA Extends $1 Billion Commercials Contracts To Allow More Time For Bargaining With Ad Industry

With their commercials contracts set to expire Thursday night, SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee agreed to extend them on a day-to-day basis to allow negotiations to continue. “During this time,” the union said, “all terms and conditions of the 2019 Commercials Contracts — including all waivers and provisions that might otherwise sunset — are extended. The parties will continue to negotiate, remaining under a media blackout.” The negotiations, which got underway Feb. 16  in New York, cover numerous contracts that generate about $1 billion a year in earnings for the union’s members.


WNYW Staffers Continue Contract Negotiations

Contract Talks Delay ‘Big Bang’ Production

There is no agreement yet in the contract negotiations between the original cast of The Big Bang Theory and Warner Bros TV, leading to the studio’s decision to push the production start date for Season 8, originally slated for today.

SAG-AFTRA And Ad Industry Set Talks

Negotiations will begin Feb. 14, well in advance of contract expiration at the end of March. A significant issue for the union is expected to be increasing employer contributions to the union pension and health plans.

‘Modern Family’ Sets Table Read For Tomorrow

‘Modern Family’ Cast Rejects Salary Offer

Sources say that the ensemble cast has rejected a Monday offer from producer 20th Century Fox Television, requiring the cancellation of today’s scheduled table read.

CBS In Talks With Letterman, Ferguson

A new deal would keep Letterman on the air long enough to top Johnny Carson’s 30-year streak as the longest-running late-night star in TV history.

Seacrest Facing Pay Cut With ‘Idol’ Renegotiations

Writers And Studios To Begin Contract Talks

Hollywood’s film and TV writers will begin negotiations with the major studios on a new film and TV contract this week. The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced in a joint statement that talks on a new three-year contract would begin Thursday. The guild’s current contract expires May 1.


WGBH Boston Says Offer To Union Is Final

The management of noncommercial WGBH Boston said yesterday that it has presented its last proposal for a new agreement with its largest union, halting contract talks that began in August. The station and the Association of Employees of the Educational Foundation have been seeking a new three-year contract to replace an agreement that expired at the end of October. WGBH employs 850 people; Local 1300 represents 280 writers, editors, production workers, and marketing employees.

CBS, Couric Contract Talks Draw Near

Both CBS and Katie Couric appear open to a new deal that would keep her at the network’s news division beyond her current five-year deal as anchor of  the CBS Evening News, which expires at the end of May. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the story here.

CBS-Couric Talks: Lower Pay, Broader Role

CBS Corp. began talks on a new contract for Katie Couric, looking to cut the evening news anchor’s $15 million salary and possibly expand her role amid falling viewership, people with knowledge of the situation said.