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SAG Holds Townhall Meeting, Movie Studios Fight Back

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The movie studios, represented by the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), published an ad this weekend accusing the actors of demanding more than all the other unions that have come to agreements with the group. In a statement, they said actors are "demanding that the entire industry literally throw out all its hard work because it believes it deserves more than the 230,000 other working people in the industry."

In response to that, the Screen Actors Guild is hosting a town hall tonight to bring "members an update on the negotiations and a chance to ask questions about the upcoming strike authorization ballot referendum." The venue chosen for tonight can only hold 450 people, which is extremely small for a union the size of 120,000 (not all of them live in Hollywood, though). Rumors of actors protesting outside are being spread.

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Then this afternoon, the AMPTP released this above ad asking actors to be informed voters and question why SAG would put out strike authorization ballots during the Holidays. It's reported that voting could take place during the last week of December. If actors vote to strike, it could possibly delay the Oscars.