DGA and Studios Achieve ‘Historic’ Tentative Deal on New Contract, Averting Strike

After months of negotiations, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has reached a tentative deal with major Hollywood studios and streaming services on a new contract. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal includes increases in wages, improvements in health and pension plans, and expanded access to residuals for members. The deal is also said to address concerns about working conditions and safety protocols on set.

The announcement comes just days after the DGA signed a deal to avert a potential strike, which had been threatened in response to stalled contract negotiations and concerns over working conditions during the pandemic. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has also been negotiating a new contract and has said that their bargaining strategy remains unchanged following the DGA deal.

Despite the DGA’s announcement, both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA have expressed reservations about aspects of the deal, particularly regarding the use of outside financing for studio productions. In a joint statement, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA said that the DGA deal “does not address all of our concerns,” but acknowledged that it was “an important step forward in our collective efforts to ensure fair wages and working conditions for all industry professionals.”

The full details of the DGA deal have not yet been released, but the announcement is seen as a positive sign for the industry and for the thousands of workers who rely on film and television production for their livelihoods. With the pandemic still an ongoing concern, the negotiations have been especially challenging, but the parties involved have remained committed to finding a solution that works for everyone involved.