The board of the Screen Actors Guild is backing up its negotiators on the demand to include new media in contracts. The unanimous 68-0 vote late Saturday comes as Reuters notes, after members upset by the current stalemate in talks with the studios banded together to offer a slate of its own for the Sept. 18 board elections. SAG statement.
A quick review: SAG members continue to work under the old contract, which expired June 30 after a final offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). A July 10 SAG proposal went nowhere and this vote drew a reminder from AMPTP that the union has until August 15 to ratify the studios’ offer and still get retroactive pay increases. It’s even running a “lost wages” calculator on the front of the AMTMP site — more than $6 million as of Sunday evening — and a lost “new media residuals & rights” clock.