DGA, networks reach agreement

Deal covers staff, freelance employees

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative three-year agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC covering staff and freelance employees at news, sports and operations at TV networks and a number of their owned-and-operated TV stations.

Deal, which would go into effect July 1 if ratified, was announced Tuesday. The guild said the pact incorporates annual wage increases and other benefits for directors and their teams along with a framework for ongoing dialogue.

“I am proud to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the networks on behalf of our members who work in news, sports and operations,” said DGA prexy Michael Apted in a statement. “Directing news and sports isn’t for the faint of heart. Our members bring valuable skills, technical knowledge and the ability to expect the unexpected to their work each day to deliver the world’s news and events.”

The DGA’s network negotiating committee was headed by chair William M. Brady, vice chair Scott Berger and DGA Eastern executive director Russell Hollander. The negotiations began Nov. 13 and concluded after four days.

Hollander said, “It was important for both the guild and the networks to create opportunities for dialogue during the term of the contract to allow for flexibility and change — which is the hallmark of live news and sports.”

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