Monday, March 06, 2006

TAG Negotiations Commence

Not much blogging today, for we were in Encino at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.  Negotiating a new contract.
We started at 9 a.m. and went until after 5 p.m.  In most contract talks, the pace is glacial.  You meet, present your proposals, then retire to another room while the producers digest what you laid out to them.  Then you meet again, get THEIR proposals, and retire once more to that other room to argue and discuss the words, sentences, and paragraphs that make up the companies' wish list, attempting to reach some consensus on what parts of it might fly and what parts won't.  And then you traipse back to the big conference room and counter-propose their proposals, trying to get closer to a new three-year agreement. 
Usually, there is a lot of WAITING.  But not today.  We spent the afternoon in sidebar (in the small conference room in the middle of the building) and chewed away on issues, working to gnosh through to a deal. Nobody fell asleep or had any seizures.
Tomorrow, we'll start again at 9 sharp.  The goal is to reach an agreement by the end of the day.


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