Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Hollywood negotiations never really stop.

The DGA will be the first of Hollywood’s guilds to come to the table with the AMPTP

The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to enter into formal contract negotiations on Nov. 4, the two sides said Wednesday.

That means the DGA will be the first of Hollywood’s major creative guilds to come to the table with the studios and networks, as they have been in recent rounds of negotiations. The talks will be held at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif. ...

The IATSE will be the last labor union into the tub, with talks likely starting near the end of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. TAG's negotiations will happen sometime around that time.

In 2012, the International did well in its talks, getting major money boosts to the Motion Picture Industry Health and Pension Plan. It's always good to remember that what one labor union gets, other labor unions get (what everyone calls "pattern bargaining.") The producers strive to make sure that no guild or union gets out ahead any other guild or union. Mostly they're successful.

This contract cycle, the DGA will be carving out a template that SAG, the WAGA and IATSE will (by and large) have to live with.


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