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Directors Guild To Start Negotiations With Producers; Could Settle For Smaller Online Residuals

The Directors Guild of America will start contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers by tomorrow…this is before AMPTP has a deal with the writers guild. No further details were released. If a quick deal is done with DGA, this could undermine WGA’s position, experts agree…any deal directors reach would put pressure on writers to accept a similar deal.

AP: The Directors Guild has spent nearly $2 million to research new media issues and the potential revenue from digital distribution through the next decade…it has hired veteran entertainment lawyer and dealmaker Ken Ziffren to play a key role in its preparations.

LAT: Directors are likely to accept a lower rate for Internet residuals than writers want, analysts say…directors rely less on residuals than writers because of their higher initial pay. About 40% of the members are not directors but are unit production managers, assistant directors, associate directors and stage managers who get mostly small residual payments.

One Response to “Directors Guild To Start Negotiations With Producers; Could Settle For Smaller Online Residuals”

  1. Ken Ziffren

    Please spell my name correctly (Ziffren); more important,the DGA has always negotiated better residual deals than other guilds when given that opportunity. Your statements to the contrary are incorrect and misleading.