After several weeks of tense negotiations, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has reached a tentative agreement with Hollywood studios on a new contract. This comes as writers’ strike negotiations are still ongoing.
The deal, which the DGA calls “historic,” includes increased wages, better benefits, and improved job security for guild members. It also addresses the growing influence of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon by ensuring that directors of these projects receive the same benefits and protections as those working on traditional television and film productions.
DGA President Thomas Schlamme praised the agreement, saying, “This new contract recognizes the enormous contributions of our members and ensures that they will continue to have a strong voice in the industry for years to come.”
Studios also expressed satisfaction with the deal. “We’re pleased to have reached a fair and balanced agreement with the DGA,” said a spokesperson for one major studio. “This is a positive step forward for the industry as a whole.”
The writers’ strike, meanwhile, continues to drag on, with no end in sight. While negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and studios have been ongoing since early April, no agreement has yet been reached.
Many industry experts are predicting that the writers’ strike could have a long-lasting impact on the entertainment industry, with some even suggesting that it could lead to a shift away from traditional film and television production altogether.
For now, however, the focus remains on the DGA deal and what it means for directors moving forward. With this agreement in place, some are hopeful that negotiations between the WGA and studios could see a breakthrough in the near future.