DGA talks head into fifth day


Today will mark Day 5 of negotiations between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

The parties met into the evening Tuesday, aiming to hash out a new contract to replace a directors pact set to expire June 30. The negotiations were said to be going well, and an agreement could be announced almost any day now.

No details have been released on any of the bargaining sessions, which began Saturday, but insiders said that negotiations would resume this morning.

The manner in which the parties have been marking quiet progress in their talks — which were preceded by weeks of informal discussions between reps of the organizations — stands in stark contrast to the WGA's ongoing contract impasse. Once a DGA deal is announced, the big question will be whether the striking writers will embrace any of its terms as a template for their own new contract.

Hollywood writers have been out of contract since Oct. 31 and walking picket lines since Nov. 5. Their last bargaining session with the AMPTP was Dec. 7.