The union representing Hollywood actors has set a date to resume talks in its contract dispute with the group representing TV and film producers.

The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to meet Feb. 17 and 18, their first talks since November and the first since moderates took over the SAG executive.

SAG has been without a contract since June 30, 2008. It brings a new negotiator to the bargaining table after an internal dispute that saw the ouster of executive director and chief negotiator Doug Allen.

On Sunday, the SAG board readopted a motion to remove Allen from those positions. He was originally fired at the end of January.

Last week, Allen's supporters, including SAG president Alan Rosenberg, lost a legal bid to have him reinstated and to block new contract talks.

The internal struggle over SAG leadership held up talks that were to take place last week.

The group led by Allen and Rosenberg wants to hold a strike vote and hold out for a better deal from Hollywood producers.

However, the more moderate group that has taken over the SAG board is keen to resolve outstanding issues and come to a contract agreement.