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Unions, Advertising Industry Hold Productive Meeting

As previously announced, the advertising industry’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) and representatives of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met this past Saturday, April 8, at Guild Headquarters in Los Angeles to begin preliminary discussions in advance of the expiration of the current Commercials contract on Oct. 29, 2006.

Both parties characterized the meeting as a full and fair discussion of the many issues surrounding the Commercials contracts. The discussion also focused on consideration of a joint study of alternate methods to compensate performers for their participation in commercials that appear in television and radio as well as in the growing array of new media. Should the JPC and the unions agree to commission such a joint study, it will be conducted by an independent consultant with experience in television, radio and labor relations.

The parties also agreed to hold additional meetings in the near future. No dates have yet been announced.

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Press Contacts:

Lesley Weiner
CooperKatz & Company
(212) 455-8079
lweiner@cooperkatz.com

Seth Oster
Screen Actors Guild
(323) 549-6872
soster@sag.org

John Hinrichs
AFTRA
(323) 634-8115
jhinrichs@aftra.com