Jay D. Roth Extends Contract as DGA National Executive Director Through 2017

The lawyer has been with the director’s guild since 1995

Jay D. Roth has extended his contract as National Executive Director of the Director’s Guild of America, DGA President Paris Barclay announced Wednesday.

“I’m honored by the Guild’s vote of confidence in my service to the membership,” Roth said in a statement. “At the DGA, we’ve never wavered in our mission to advance the creative and economic rights of our members. Amidst an increasingly complex and globalizing industry, we are united in our resolve and ready to advance that mission as we prepare to enter negotiations with employers in the coming future.”

Roth moved to his current postĀ in 1995 from his position as managing partner of a law firm specializing in the representation of entertainment guilds, labor organizations and pension, health and welfare funds in labor, entertainment, bankruptcy and transactional matters.

“Twenty years ago, we were able to coax Jay out from a highly successful private practice,” DGA President Paris Barclay said. “He’s since been the primary architect of our collective bargaining agreements for seven cycles, establishing transformative creative and economic gains for directors and their teams. DGA members have benefited unbelievably from his wisdom and negotiating prowess in this ever-changing industry — under Jay’s leadership, we continue to look forward.”

Roth is chairman of the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans and co-chair of its Finance Committee. He is also treasurer of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.