DGA Reaches Contract Deal for TV Network Staffers

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3-year deal would go into effect in July

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative three-year agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC that will cover about 1,000 DGA members who work in news, sports and operations.

The negotiations, which began Sept. 24 in New York and concluded Tuesday, cover the DGA’s Network Staff and Freelance Agreements. The pacts cover staff and freelance directors, associate directors, stage managers and program-production assistants employed in news, sports and operations at the companies’ television networks and at a number of their locally owned and operated television stations.

The tentative contract will be presented to the DGA’s national board at its Oct. 19 meeting and sent to the membership for ratification if approved.

The DGA did not disclose details of the new contract other than stating it incorporates annual wage increases.

The new deal would go into effect after the current deal with the networks expires on June 30. That deal included an increased employer contribution to the DGA-Producer Health Plan by 1% to a total of 9.5%; increased wages and fees by 2% in the second year and another 2% in the third year of the contract; and confirmation of jurisdiction over programs produced by CBS and NBC for secondary digital channels.

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