Citing runaway production, the Directors Guild of America will take Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Miami and Orlando off its list of “production centers” on July 1.
The change, which takes effect with the start date of the Guild’s new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, leaves Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and Wilmington, N.C., as remaining DGA production centers.
The production center designation, which identifies cities with substantial amounts of film and TV work, went into effect in 1996 as part of the DGA’s contract with the AMPTP. Under its provisions, the studio or network does not have to pay extra “long distance” fees for DGA members who have declared residency in those cities.
A DGA spokesman said the ongoing departure of domestic production had created a situation in which there was not enough work in the five cities to merit continuing the production center designation. DGA members will be required to choose one of the remaining production centers as their employment address.