The Directors Guild of America’s national board has voted unanimously to approve a tentative three-year commercials contract to be sent to the membership for ratification.
If ratified, the successor deal would go into effect on Dec. 1, going through Nov. 30, 2017.
The deal is similar to the DGA’s new contract for film and TV, which went into effect in July.
It includes wage increases of 2.75% in the first year of the contract and 3% in each of the second and third years of the contract; increases in employer contributions to the Pension Plan, including a 0.25% increase in the first year of the plan; and a “significant” increase in contributions to the health plan.
The deal also provides for establishment of a diversity program, to be developed and administered by the AICP, and new low budget commercial provisions.
Negotiations took place during three separate periods between July and October.
“Members working in commercials represent a strong and steady portion of the DGA membership, and this contract will secure and grow this area of work for years to come,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.