Directors Guild, AMPTP Reach Three-Year Deal

AMPTP President Carol Lombardini

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, the organizations announced Friday evening.

Negotiations, which began on Nov. 4, were led on the DGA’s behalf by negotiations committee co-chairs Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme and national executive director Jay D. Roth.  AMPTP president Carol Lombardini led negotiations on behalf of the studios.

The tentative agreement will be presented to the guild’s national board for approval at a special board meeting scheduled for Saturday. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that details of the deal would probably be released this weekend.

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After the board’s approval, the new three-year deal is expected to go to the membership for ratification. The return deadline for ballots is not known but is likely to be in January, in light of the holiday timing.

The current DGA and SAG-AFTRA contracts expire June 30, while the WGA’s ends on May 1.

SAG-AFTRA previously announced that it will begin its wages and working conditions process in January, in which it holds meetings with members and assesses major issues. That typically six week process results in a recommended package of contract proposals, which are then voted on by the union’s board.

The length of that process and the WGA’s earlier expiration all but guarantee that the WGA negotiations will begin in January, February or March, and SAG-AFTRA’s in April or May.

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