According to Bloomberg.com:Directors union reaches tentative deal with Hollywood studiosArticle Launched: 01/17/2008 03:37:17 PM PSTTelevision and film directors have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the major media conglomerates, including new language and payment formulas covering digital media.... The DGA agreement could serve as a template for a new writers' contract and for one with the Screen Actors Guild of America. The actors union's agreement with the studios and networks expires in June.
Gil Cates, chairman of the DGA's negotiating committee, said in a statement that "two words describe this agreement - groundbreaking and substantial. There are no rollbacks of any kind."
The DGA agreement reportedly includes increases in wages and residual payments, establishes guild jurisdiction over programs created for the Internet and sets a payment formulas for paid Internet downloads and streaming of original programming online.
Digital media has been the main stumbling block in negotiations between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers - which represents such major media companies as Disney, CBS and NBC-Universal - and the writers' union.
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Studios Accord With Directors May Help Resolve (Writers Guild) Strike(update 3)
By Michael White and Andy Fixmer Jan. 18
The labor agreement reached late yesterday between Hollywood directors and movie and television studios may help resolve a writers strike that has put more than 10,000 people out of work.
The Directors Guild of America reached the three-year accord yesterday with the studios' bargaining entity, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the groups said in a statement. They began talks Jan. 12.
The deal may serve as a model for negotiations between the studios and writers, who walked off the job Nov. 5. Directors won increased pay for Internet distribution, an issue splitting the studios and the Writers Guild of America. Their talks broke off Dec. 7.
``This may be the beginning of the end of the strike,'' Jonathan Handel, a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney with TroyGould, said in an interview. ``It's extremely unlikely the writers are going to be able to achieve improvement over what the directors have negotiated.''
Directors get an overall wage increase of 3 percent for primetime shows and daytime serials, and 3.5 percent for all other programming. The agreement increases pay for films and TV shows sold on the Web. It also sets pay levels for content that is streamed for free over Internet sites.
``This was a very difficult negotiation that required real give and take on both sides,'' said DGA president Michael Apted in the statement.Continued at site