DGA Talks Continue

No news yet as talks go into second week; negotiations to continue next week.

Negotiations between the DGA and AMPTP, representing the studios and producers, continue today under a press blackout, with no news leaking so far. It’s expected to be a short week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The negotiators are no doubt talking turkey in both senses of the word.

THR has learned that talks are expected to continue next week. They’re scheduled through the first week of December. A deal will likely be reached during the allotted time.

If pattern bargaining holds true, the deal will mirror key parts of the SAG/AFTRA deal recently concluded: a 3 year contract, 2% annual wage bumps, a one-time 1.5% increase in employer contributions to the pension and health plans, a shift from first-class travel to business and coach class and no significant changes in new media.

In addition, of course, there would be a variety of DGA-specific changes.

The DGA agreement expires June 30. The WGA deal expires two month earlier, on May 1, but no talks have been scheduled.

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