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Is SAG about to kick themselves in the head?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2008 12:00PM
If you were hoping the Screen Actors Guild would be able to rise above the fray and destroy the networks' heads with a mighty swipe of their superbly manicured hands, then keep hoping. Christmas is over and Santa has come and gone. Ask him next year.

The SAG's latest tactical move against the money grubbing networks is to oust their own negotiators.

If this were a military theater, we would be calling this a case of "friendly fire."

The problem is the SAG can't agree on a way to proceed. This means that in the midst of all this fighting, there's in-fighting on SAG's side. Meanwhile the network heads are organized and ready to proceed, because they only have to agree that money is good and then they can move on.

So the SAG is expected to break up their negotiating committee at their next meeting. Whether or not this actually happens, it weakens whatever edge the SAG leadership may have had.

On the flip side, a new team could be just what the SAG needs to pull the wheel clamp off this brewhaha and get everyone talking again. Right now, it just seems like either side is trying to wear each other down while the Writer's Guild strike had more momentum and energy to take their fight to the streets. Besides, can't a union of actors find the motivation to make their arguments more dramatic? Here's your motivation: starvation.

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