A Los Angeles judge has shut down an attempt to block talks between new Screen Actors Guild negotiators and major studios, which means – surprise – feuding within the group will go on.
SAG President Alan Rosenberg and three other plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday challenging a vote by the guild's board of directors that ousted SAG executive director Doug Allen and created a new negotiating team.
Moderates within the union blamed Rosenberg and Allen for botching past negotiations, and had planned to try again with the new team Tuesday. But that plan was delayed by the legal maneuver.
Don't look for that Screen Actors Guild strike to happen anytime soon.
The group had planned to resume negotiations with studios Tuesday in the hopes of winning contract concessions to avoid a strike. But those talks have been delayed by SAG's latest internal fight.
The new leader of the Screen Actors Guild began his term with a plea for unity as members try to decide how to pursue more DVD and online residuals and other concessions from studios.
The removal of national executive director Doug Allen was a victory for more moderate union members, who blamed him for failed negotiations with studios. Plans to resume negotiations under new leadership will delay, for now, the possibility of an actors' strike.
"It is time to turn the page on the most destructive aspects of the guild's internal politics," new executive director David White said in a message sent Tuesday afternoon to SAG's 120,000 members. "In this swiftly changing environment, we will not be successful if we do not work together."
Following weeks of infighting over his handling of contract negotiations, Doug Allen has resigned as national executive director and lead negotiator for the Screen Actors Guild.
Allen announced that he is stepping down Monday afternoon in an email to SAG staff in which he thanked them, Variety reports. TVGuide.com's calls to SAG reps in New York and Los Angeles were not immediately returned.
David White, former SAG general counsel, is stepping in for Allen as the interim national director, while SAG senior adviser John T. Maguire will take over as chief negotiator. There are also reportedly plans to replace the entire prime time and feature negotiating committee.
Screen Actors Guild leaders have dismissed an attempt from within their ranks to remove the guild's chief negotiator, a move likely to add fuel to the internal feud.
SAG leaders hope to ask their roughly 110,000 members for permission to call a strike. But some members have faulted the guild for not making more progress in talks with studios and called for a new negotiating team.
They had hoped to force out SAG Executive Director Doug Allen — the guild's lead negotiator — at a meeting that lasted 30 hours over Monday and Tuesday.
But SAG leadership rejected...