DGA revises pact for commercials

Changes address unqualified employement

HOLLYWOOD — The Directors Guild of America has modified its national contract with commercial producers for work outside Southern California and the New York City area.

The key change resulting from recently concluded negotiations between the DGA and the Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers imposes qualification requirements for DGA work in the Midwest. The guild said the negotiations were also in response to employment of unqualified individuals on work in the so-called “Third Area” of the United States.

Under the revamped pact, assistant directors who are already on the Southern California or New York qualification lists will be eligible to work on commercials in the Third Area and will not need to apply. Additionally, an open period with lower requirements for placement on the Third Area qualification list will be in effect until Aug. 31 before the new provisions go into effect.

As a result of the modifications, the DGA’s Midwestern agreement with the AICP will be eliminated. The current four-year national commercials pact will expire Oct. 31, 2004.

Dan Moore, the DGA’s exec director in its Chicago office, said about 15% of the guild’s members work outside Southern California and New York. Major centers for work on commercials are in Atlanta; Chicago; Miami; San Francisco; Seattle; and Wilmington, N.C.

The DGA has about 12,000 members, while the AICP reps about 1,200 producers.

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