The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is making big strides in contract negotiations with producers, reports The Hollywood Reporter
, while SAG is dominated by internal strife.
At least 50 of the 70-plus broadcast pilots to be produced come under AFTRA's jurisdiction. If SAG does not resolve its domestic problems, AFTRA gains status in the TV business, as well as giving a
boost to digital production. AFTRA projects are required to be shot on means other than film. Two studios--Twentieth TV and Sony TV, which has a long-standing relationship with AFTRA--are doing all
their pilots this year under the AFTRA agreement. For others, such as Warner Bros., Universal and ABC Studios, the portion of AFTRA pilots is more than 70%.