DGA, Networks Reach Tentative Agreement in News, Sports and Operations

11:35 AM PST 10/09/2013 by Jonathan Handel

Details of the deal were not released; the agreements are distinct from the Basic Agreement with the studios.

The Directors Guild of America announced Wednesday that the DGA’s Network Negotiations Committee has reached a tentative new three-year agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC covering DGA members who work in news, sports and operations. 

The negotiations, which began Sept. 24 in New York and concluded Oct. 7, address the DGA’s Network Staff and Freelance Agreements, which cover staff and freelance directors, associate directors, stage managers and program-production assistants employed in news, sports and operations at the companies’ television networks and at a number of their locally owned and operated television stations. 

The Network Agreements are separate from the guild’s Basic Agreement with the studios and are negotiated every three years. The DGA’s Basic Agreement expires next year. Based on the past, it’s likely that the DGA will negotiate and reach a deal on that agreement in the next several months.

The tentative Network Agreement deal will be presented to the DGA’s national board at the regularly scheduled board meeting Oct. 19 and if approved, the contract will then be sent to the membership for ratification. The new contract incorporates annual wage increases and other negotiated benefits for directors and their teams. Further details will be released after the tentative agreement has been presented to the national board. 

Negotiations were headed by John LiBretto, chair of the DGA’s Network Negotiations Committee; vice chairs Brett Holey and Scott Berger; and Russell Hollander, the DGA’s associate national executive director/Eastern executive director.

The guild’s current contract with the networks expires June 30, 2014. If approved by the national board and ratified by the members, the new contract will be effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.

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