Representatives of SAG/AFTRA and the JPC will meet with federal mediators again on Friday to discuss terms for ending the five-month strike by actors against the advertising industry.
The meeting here at the World Trade Center was originally set for just Wednesday and Thursday but was extended an additional day.
"I would characterize the talks as productive," said federal mediator John Muir.
On Friday, the sidebar groups for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will meet with the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent & Union Relations, which represents the Association of National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies, to determine whether to continue discussions over the weekend or into next week.
"It's a very good sign considering that the talks were only scheduled for two days," one source said of the extension.
Meanwhile, JPC chief negotiator John McGuinn said that the mediators held independent discussions with each side, as well as discussions with both sides sitting down at the same table with the mediators. No further details were available due to a gag order.
This week's meetings mark the third time federal mediators have attempted to resolve the five-month commercial actors' strike.
David Lipin and Mallore Dill, ADWEEK Online. September 15, 2000
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