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BREAKING — UPDATE: DGA Announces Tentative Deal with Studios

Thursday, January 17, 2008

UPDATE: BREAKING: DGA has announced a tentative deal with the Studios. Details below.



Read what the DGA says HERE
In a statement, the Directors Guild of America said Thursday that they had reached a preliminary agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new three-year contract, to take effect when the directors’ existing deal expires on June 30. The union, which represents about 13,500 directors and associated production workers, must still submit the deal to its board and members for approval.

The accord achieves a breakthrough for union members by doubling compensation for television shows that are downloaded via the Internet, and raising by 80 percent the rate for movie downloads. In addition, directors — for the first time — will be compensated for advertising-supported streaming of shows.

Over all, the agreement was designed to reflect the directors’ belief, bolstered by an independent study of industry economics, that digital media will render the companies a negligible amount of revenue during the life of the contract, and will become significant only after 2010.

Key provisions of the contract assure that its formulas governing new media will not become a precedent in the next negotiation, when the economic prospects from new delivery forms are expected to be much clearer. The deal, in effect, postpones a fight that writers are waging now.
Posted 1418PT 01/17/08


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  1. Friday, January 18, 2008 7:30 pm

    Does this mean we get the shows back :)

    And you get to work again??

  2. Friday, January 18, 2008 8:14 pm

    It is hoped that the DGA deal will be the stimulus to get the WGA (Writers) to agree to terms and end their strike. Once the strike ends then television shows wiil begin to re-start production. But first they have to write the new scripts and then we have to shoot them. So it will take about a month and a half to see new shows.

    I will go back to work in about 4 weeks after the strike ends

    So you’ll have to be content with re-runs and American Idol, and other reality shows until about March. But there are new shows like Cashmere Mafia, and the new season of Lost about to begin.

    We are ALL hoping this strike ends quickly.

  3. Saturday, January 19, 2008 4:29 pm

    The only reruns I watch are CSI from my DVR :) sports luckily doesn’t need writers

    Looking forward to new shows on House, and CSI, but that’s about it

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