Hollywood's squabbling actors unions appear to be ready to bury the hatchet.
It's been almost two years since the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists broke off its 27-year bargaining pact with the Screen Actors Guild, with whom it waged turf battles, including a tiff over the CBS soap "The Bold and the Beautiful."
But Sunday, a key committee of AFTRA is expected to recommend to its national board that the union resume joint bargaining with SAG for prime-time TV contracts, people familiar with the situation said. Combining forces would strengthen the unions' bargaining clout against the studios, guild officials believe.
Frosty relations between the unions have thawed since a moderate coalition of actors gained power on SAG's board and vowed to push for a merger of the unions. SAG's new president, Ken Howard, made ending the feud a key point in his campaign and has talked with AFTRA chief Roberta Reardon about mending relations.