Historic Agreement: Directors Guild of America Reaches New Contract with Movie and Television Studios
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative three-year film and television contract in what has been described as a “truly historic” agreement for the guild.
Highlights of the deal include salary increases, a new structure for paying foreign waste, and restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence. Negotiations have also made progress in areas such as wages, waste transfer, safety, creative rights, and diversity.
The DGA’s current contract was set to expire on June 30, and negotiations with the studios began on May 10. The agreement comes at a crucial time for the industry, as the writers’ union strike over payment for streaming and other issues has paralyzed productions.
It remains unclear how the DGA agreement will affect the ongoing standoff with the writers, who have been on strike since May 2. However, the DGA has a tradition of early bargaining and did not seek a strike authorization vote by its members.
The proposed agreement includes a 5% wage increase in the first year, followed by 4% in the second year and 3.5% in the third. This is coupled with improvements in residual values, safety advances such as banning live ammunition on sets, and new parental leave benefits.
A vote will be held on Tuesday by the DGA board of directors to approve the agreement, which must also be ratified by the members. If approved, this historic deal will set new standards for the motion picture and television industry for years to come.