DGA president Paris Barclay announced the news Saturday after three weeks of negotiations
The DGA National Board has voted unanimously to approve and recommend for ratification a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, DGA president Paris Barclay announced Saturday.
“A deal like this doesn’t happen by wishful thinking. It accomplishes our most important objectives thanks to the leadership and wisdom of Negotiations co-chairs Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme and national executive director Jay Roth,” said Barclay. “And our Negotiations Committee, made up of more than 65 members, was extraordinarily dedicated, and the DGA staff worked tirelessly for months to support this work – well before the first day of official negotiations. I thank everybody involved for their commitment and devotion to achieving a great new contract.”
Highlights of the new agreement include:
The new agreement also includes provisions addressing improvements in theatrical and television creative rights, including the pseudonym process and the director’s role in casting; amended residual provisions to encourage sale of library product for second sales in basic cable and secondary digital networks; and compensation for table reads that fall outside of the guaranteed prep period.
Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers lasted three weeks. Talks were led by Negotiations Committee co-chairs Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme and DGA national executive director Jay D. Roth.
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“We have reached an excellent deal on behalf of DGA members and the industry,” announced Apted. “With significant wage gains for our members, increases in residual bases, improvements in basic cable, and advances in the efforts to increase diversity in the industry – I am proud of our fine accomplishments over the last three weeks.”
“What we have established in new media, advances for the first time minimum wages, terms and conditions for high budget original and derivative dramatic new media productions made for subscription video on demand,” stated Schlamme. “This new agreement ensures that as premium programming continues to be developed for streaming video services, the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams are protected with similar terms and conditions in network, pay television and basic cable.”
“The issues we negotiated in this round were difficult, complex and not limited to one specific area as in previous negotiations where health and pension or jurisdiction in new media was a singular focus,” stated Roth. “In this round, we sought to protect the future by making significant advances that protect our members working in new media, and securing substantial wage gains to benefit our members working in all areas. This is a very forward looking agreement.”
Details of the new agreement were presented to the Guild’s National Board for approval at a special board meeting on Saturday, November 23. A ballot and ratifications materials will next be sent to the DGA membership. The DGA’s current contracts expire on June 30, 2014.
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