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DGA reaches tentative contract agreement in 2023 talks

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The Directors Guild of America said that it had reached a tentative deal on a three-year collective bargaining contract with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. No date weas given for a ratification vote by members.

Deal highlights, with exact wording provided by DGA.

Wages and Benefits

Groundbreaking gains in wages and benefits including a 5% increase in the first year of the contract, 4% in the second year and 3.5% in the third year. Additional 0.5% to fund a new parental leave benefit.

Global Streaming Residuals

Substantial increase in the residuals for dramatic programs made for SVOD by securing a new residual structure to pay foreign residuals. The result is a 76% increase in foreign residuals for the largest platforms so that residuals for a one-hour episode will now be roughly $90,000 for the first three exhibition years.
Artificial Intelligence

Groundbreaking agreement confirming that AI is not a person and that generative AI cannot replace the duties performed by members.
Non-Dramatic Programs

Established the industry’s first-ever terms and conditions for directors and their teams on non-dramatic (Variety and Reality) programs made for SVOD. Improved residuals and for the first time, Associate Directors and Stage Managers will now share in the residuals.
High Budget AVOD Terms and Conditions

Achieved the industry’s first-ever terms, creative rights protections, working conditions and residuals for scripted dramatic projects made for free to the consumer streaming services such as Freevee, Tubi and Roku. Unit Production Managers and Assistant Directors will share in the residuals.
Feature Directors

Historic first-time compensation for the months of “soft prep” feature directors currently perform for free prior to the start of the director’s official prep period.
Episodic Directors

For Pay TV and SVOD, episodic directors won expanded paid post-production creative rights; and gained an additional guaranteed shoot day for one-hour programs – the first additional day added in more than 40 years.
Reduction in Hours

Unprecedented reduction in the length of the Assistant Director’s day by one hour.

Achieved concrete safety advancements including the first-ever pilot program to require the employment of dedicated safety supervisors; expanded safety training programs for both directors and their teams, and the ban of live ammunition on set. In addition to these historic breakthroughs – this agreement also achieved increased Studio transparency in residuals reporting, improvements in diversity and inclusion, the addition of Juneteenth as a paid holiday and many other gains for all categories.
“We have concluded a truly historic deal,”

aid Jon Avnet, chair of the DGA’s negotiations committee. The agreement provides significant improvements to every director, assistant, unit production manager and associate director in our Guild. We made significant progress in these negotiations on wages, streaming, safety, diversity, creative rights, and diversity. We also secured essential protections for DGA members on new issues such as artificial intelligence, ensuring they won’t be replaced by technology advances. This deal would not have been possible without the unity of the DGA membership, and we are grateful for the strong support of union members across the industry.”

“This deal recognises the future of our industry is global and respects the unique and essential role of directors and their teams as we move into that future,” added DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter. This deal allows each of the DGA’s 19,000 members to share in the success that we all create as each new technology brings major change. The unprecedented gains in this deal are a credit to the excellent work, tenacity and preparation of our negotiations committee.”French box office continues comeback boosted by Hollywood blockbusters and Cannes momentum

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