DGA Negotiations to Start Next Week

Informal talks are believed to have already occurred for agreement which expires June 30.

The DGA and AMPTP announced today that they will begin formal bargaining on a new agreement next Tuesday at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The announcement was expected (except that a Monday start had been assumed), and no others details were released.

Several months ago, the DGA indicated that it would hold informal talks with the AMPTP before the start of bargaining. It was not disclosed whether this indeed happened, but it is the custom with the DGA. As a result, the DGA usually concludes formal bargaining in a matter of days, not weeks.

The negotiations will proceed under a press blackout. The existing agreement expires June 30.