“Twenty years ago, we were able to coax Jay out from a highly successful private practice,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “He’s since been the primary architect of our collective bargaining agreements for seven cycles, establishing transformative creative and economic gains for directors and their teams. DGA members have benefited unbelievably from his wisdom and negotiating prowess in this ever-changing industry – under Jay’s leadership, we continue to look forward.”
The DGA represents nearly 16,000 members. Its current master contract with producers runs through July, 2017.
Roth began his career as a legal services and civil rights lawyer. He moved to the guild’s top management post in 1995.
“I’m honored by the guild’s vote of confidence in my service to the membership,” said Roth. “At the DGA, we’ve never wavered in our mission to advance the creative and economic rights of our members. Amidst an increasingly complex and globalizing industry, we are united in our resolve and ready to advance that mission as we prepare to enter negotiations with employers in the coming future.”
Roth was paid $824,475 in 2014, according to the DGA’s LM-2 filing with the U.S. Dept. of Labor. That included a salary of $747,612, expense allowance of $15,039 and official business disbursments of $61,824.
The DGA recognized Roth with the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2008.