The Directors Guild of America has imposed a substantial fine on Amazon and Jill Soloway after I Love Dick directors claimed they didn’t receive credit for scenes they shot that appeared in other episodes and that Soloway’s on-set activities were interfering with their job, a source says.
Guild rules stipulate that notes to TV cast and crew come from the director, and that if footage or scenes shot by one director end up in another episode shot by another director, credit and compensation must be doled out. Though one source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the fine was as high as $2 million, another says it is being negotiated and could end up in the mid-six-figure range.
Soloway, a DGA Award winner in 2015 for Transparent, is expected to visit the WeHo DGA offices to discuss the situation and her creative process; Amazon, DGA and Soloway declined to comment. And in other Soloway news: TV veteran Jill Gordon (Heartbeat, The Wonder Years) has been named showrunner of Transparent, taking over day-to-day duties from the creator, who will continue to write, direct and executive produce.
The news also comes at a curious time for Amazon as the retail and streaming giant appears to be making a shift in programming. As reported by THR, Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Last Tycoon recently received cancelation notices, and the fates of several other high-profile shows hang in limbo.
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.