Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on February 4 2020.
The Directors Guild and management’s AMPTP will begin negotiations for a new film and TV contract on February 10, making the DGA the first guild – as it has been in the last two bargaining cycles – to sit down with the companies, and thus setting the pattern of bargaining in which the AMPTP will expect the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to follow.
The DGA and the AMPTP have agreed that neither organization will comment to the media. Their current expires on June 30.
Compensation from streaming services is expected to take center stage in the talks. In a message to the guild’s members, DGA Negotiations Committee co-chairs Jon Avnet & Todd Holland said that: “On February 10, the DGA will commence formal negotiations with the AMPTP for the Guild’s major contracts – the Basic Agreement and the Freelance Live and Tape Television Agreement. …