First day of DGA, AMPTP talks wrap

Sides will resume negotiations Sunday


The DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers concluded their first day of negotiations shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday and agreed to resume talks Sunday morning.

No details of the first session, held at AMPTP headquarters in Encino, were immediately available due to a press blackout. But both sides have said they would only continue to meet on a daily basis if progress was being made.

Representatives of the DGA and AMPTP talked informally several times in recent weeks to clear the way for formal negotiations, announced Friday.

An AMPTP negotiating impasse continues with the striking WGA. The WGA has vowed to resist accepting any deal worked out with the DGA unless its terms suit Hollywood writers.

The WGA’s contract expired Oct. 31 of last year. The DGA is under contract through June 30.

Both guilds -- as well as SAG, also under contract through June 30 -- are interested in new guarantees for jurisdiction over content distributed over the Internet. They also seek expanded residuals on such content.