Cracks in the unity of the Screen Actors Guild widened over the weekend as New York members demanded that a federal mediator be called in to break the stalemate in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Despite claims by SAG Executive Director Doug Allen and President Alan Rosenberg that the union has been holding informal talks with members of the AMPTP, the New York members maintained, "Nothing is happening, and we're no closer to a deal today than we were six weeks ago." Presumably speaking not only for the union but also whomever the union is negotiating with, Allen said that mediation "has not, up to this point, been viewed as something the parties feel would facilitate an agreement." For its part, the AMPTP issued a statement saying that "no meetings, formal or informal" are taking place.

18/08/2008