Directors Guild Ratifies Three-Year AMPTP Agreement

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Carolyn Giardina and Jonathan Handel on April 3, 2020.

The Directors Guild of America ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement, an expected move after the guild’s board unanimously recommended the agreement to members. The new contract’s term takes effect July 1.

The agreement between the DGA and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was passed by an “overwhelming majority,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said Friday morning.

“In a time of enormous uncertainty as we’re all feeling the weight of this current pandemic, it is at least reassuring for our members to know that when the industry resumes production, a strong new agreement awaits them,” said Schlamme. “The agreement contains important gains in key areas, including dramatic improvements in SVOD residuals and coverage; a significant increase in funding for our Pension Plan to secure our retirement promises now and into the future; healthy wage increases; and significant wins in television creative rights.” …

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New Directors Guild Deal Tradeoffs, Residuals Impact Revealed

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Jonathan Handel on March 30, 2020.

The Directors Guild of America sent its new three-year agreement out to members earlier this month for ratification, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The move has not previously been reported.

Voting closes on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT. The guild’s board of directors voted unanimously to recommend the agreement to members, and ratification is expected. The current contract expires June 30.

“This is a strong agreement with important gains in key areas, including: dramatic improvements in our SVOD residuals and coverage; a significant increase in funding for our Pension Plan to secure our retirement promises now and into the future; healthy wage increases; and significant wins in television creative rights,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme in a March 18 email to members.

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As previously reported, the new pact features what the guild described as “a nearly 50 percent increase in residuals” for work on streaming video platforms such as Netflix and Disney+, as well as healthy compensation gains that effectively equal or exceed three percent per year, plus a one percent increase in pension plan contributions by employers.

But the email also included new details in a seven-page summary that THR has obtained. …

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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