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DGA to share new-media compensation research with WGA

Less than a week after running out of patience with WGA negotiations, the DGA has announced it will share its research into new-media compensation with the WGA.

In a brief Monday afternoon announcement by both guilds, the guilds said they would meet shortly to discuss new media, including what the DGA has developed from its research and studies.

“Neither the WGA nor the DGA will have any further comment on the meeting or any of the information shared in the meeting,” the announcement said.

Move comes 10 days after the AMPTP walked away from negotiations with the WGA over the guild’s refusal take half a dozen proposals off the table.

The DGA announced last Thursday that it would schedule negotiations with the majors in early January if the WGA hadn’t made a deal by then, saying that the directors could no longer stay away from bargaining with no end in sight to the WGA strike.

The DGA-WGA’s joint move is likely to be perceived as a way for the DGA to outline where it believes a deal can be made in the fast-changing digital world, based on its research over the past 18 months.

The meeting may defuse any resentment by striking writers who perceive that by meeting with the AMPTP while the strike is under way, the DGA undercuts the WGA’s position. The meeting could also warm the historically chilly relations between the DGA and WGA.

It’s unlikely that the WGA will be back at the bargaining table any time soon. Over the weekend, the WGA announced that it will try to bargain with companies individually in an effort to break the AMPTP negotiations impasse. However, AMPTP insiders dispute whether the companies have a legal obligation to engage in individual negotiations with the guild.

— Dave McNary

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