The Director’s Guild of America, who’s contract expires this summer, has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, in a move that will send shockwaves in the direction of the ongoing WGA Strike.
This will take some steam away from the WGA, as the Directors Guild hasn’t pushed for more digital compensation and still believes that the money to be made from the digital realm will be negligible until sometime after 2010. The tentative contract between the DGA and AMPTP will last for 3 years.
The DGA has a history of acting quickly during contract negotiations, and nothing has changed here. The WGA, on the other hand, is moving into its 3rd Month of Work Stoppage with more than 15,000 employees put on “hiatus” or released. Many companies still working have had a 50% lay-off rate since December.
The WGA has said that it will not give in on issues that it strongly believes in, and the leadership of the WGA, which has proven to be stubborn and without remorse for the lost jobs, may very well ignore the positive outcome of the DGA-AMPTP agreement. The new contracts will make some allowances for an mild increase in return from digital media, a stronger share in exclusively internet related content, and general across the board increases in wages and residuals.
A deal like this could serve as the starting point for the WGA to adopt a similar contract, which is what many in the business are hoping for. If the strike were to continue into March, the stoppage would be nearly total, with even post-production facilities running out of material and closing their doors.
Stay tuned for further updates.