Directors deal with studios, writers consider
The news is everywhere that the Directors Guild of America have reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and now the Writers Guild of America are investigating the deal very carefully.
The AMPTP have already invited the WGA back for talks regarding their new contract, and so perhaps this is marking the beginning of the end of the strike.
That said, it doesn't go hand in hand that just because the Directors have signed a deal that the Writers are going to follow. In a statement released today through Coming Soon the WGA said:
"Now that the DGA has reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP, the terms of the deal will be carefully analyzed and evaluated by the WGA, the WGA's Negotiating Committee, the WGAW Board of Directors, and the WGAE Council. We will work with the full membership of both Guilds to discuss our strategies for our own negotiations and contract goals and how they may be affected by such a deal.
For over a month, we have been urging the conglomerates to return to the table and bargain in good faith. They have chosen to negotiate with the DGA instead. Now that those negotiations are completed, the AMPTP must return to the process of bargaining with the WGA. We hope that the DGA's tentative agreement will be a step forward in our effort to negotiate an agreement that is in the best interests of all writers."
Coming Soon also have highlights of the deal:
"- Increases both wages and residual bases for each year of the contract.
- Establishes DGA jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet.
- Establishes new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads (electronic sell-through) that essentially doubles the rate currently paid by employers.
- Establishes residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet."
It ensures that DGA members are the ones to direct Internet shows, except for low-budget, original shows which are under US $15,000 a minute, $300,000 a program or $500,000 a series.
That the residuals paid for television shows on the Internet have more than doubled, and those paid for features are up by over eighty percent.
There's lots more to the deal which can be read in full through the link, however it seems both the Directors and the Studios are more than happy.
Now we have to see what the WGA will say after they examine the deal and put it to their members. It certainly seems to have a lot of concessions from the studios, so will they sign? Will we see an end to the strike?