Actors resume bargaining talks

The Screen Actors Guild took an aggressive stance Wednesday in the latest round of talks with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, placing salary demands much higher than the expected ceiling of $120 million salary hike over three years, Variety reported. While SAG had initially imposed work limitations during the strike, such as limiting activity to non-U.S. citizens and requiring that shoots take place in foreign markets, they have now eased restrictions and granted extension agreements to projects already in the works. Observers believe SAG beefed up demands to avoid similar lines be drawn between the deal reached three weeks ago between AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America. Bargaining resumed Wednesday after a five-day recess at the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers in Encino, Calif. The current contact between AFTRA and SAG is set to expire June 30.