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SAG-AFTRA Begin TV/Movie Drama Talks May 5

SAG-AFTRA said that negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over successor agreements to the TV/theatrical contract will begin Monday, May 5.

AMPTP president Carol Lombardini will lead negotiations for that group. Ken Howard, president of SAG-AFTRA, will chair the union negotiating committee, while the union's national executive director David White will serve as the chief negotiator.

Both parties said they would not be talking to reporters during the negotiations--what they labeled a "formal news blackout"--and would not comment further. The successor agreements deal specifically with scripted TV and theatrical dramas.

SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, DJs, news writers, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and others.