In their first public statements concerning their nearly three weeks of bargaining talks -- they're due to end on Friday -- the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Screen Actors Guild each appeared to concede that they remain far apart on reaching an agreement. The AMPTP accused the union of making unreasonable demands including doubling DVD residuals and "huge increases in compensation and benefits." The demands, the AMPTP said, "would result in enormous cost increases that we are not willing to accept." SAG later posted a response, saying "The AMPTP knows we did not state that they had to agree to all of our non-new media proposals. We expect the AMPTP to negotiate in good faith and we will do the same."




01/05/2008