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Screen Actors Guild, producers extend talks

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(FROM REUTERS) ā€” The Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood producers agreed on Friday to continue contract talks again, with an eye toward closing a deal by Tuesday. The current SAG contract does not expire until June 30, but the group is under pressure to settle with producers early and thus avoid a strike similar to the damaging 100-day writers’ walkout. Film studios have been unwilling to begin any production that cannot wrap by that June 30 date, for fear that a strike would shut it down. SAG has already made some concessions in the talks, like scaling back its demands for doubled DVD residuals and 50 percent pay increases for TV guest stars. (Reuters)