DGA talks sports with nets


The DGA said Monday that it will begin negotiations in New York Tuesday with ABC, CBS and NBC regarding a new guild agreement covering network news and sports directors.

The talks involve a contract covering staff and freelance directors, associate directors and stage managers. Employees at several of the networks' locally owned and operated TV stations also are covered under the pact that's set to expire on June 30.

The negotiations hold no connection with the anticipated talks with studio reps regarding a new pact for film directors and TV helmers.

DGA network negotiations committee chair William Brady will be joined in the talks by vice chair Scott Berger and Eastern executive director Russell Hollander. The guild and the networks have agreed to maintain a media blackout during the talks, the DGA said.

There was no official update on when the DGA might launch film and TV talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. It's been widely speculated the DGA might want to begin those talks soon, throwing into question how such negotiations might affect the AMPTP's contract impasse with the striking WGA.