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DGA will share with agents

Guild agrees to information-sharing request

The DGA will share its inside information on new-media compensation with the town’s talent agents, in the wake of announcing a similar arrangement with the WGA.

The DGA, in a brief news release Tuesday, said it had agreed to the information-sharing request by the Assn. of Talent Agents.

“The Directors Guild of America and representatives of the ATA Board of Directors will meet shortly to discuss new media, including what the DGA has developed over the past 18 months,” the announcement said. “Neither the ATA nor the DGA will have any further comment on the meeting or any of the information shared in the meeting.”

The move comes with the DGA widely expected to launch negotiations with the majors early next year, assuming that the WGA isn’t able to make a deal by the end of the month. The helmers have not indicated what they’ll propose but they’ve touted having conducted extensive studies and research into how to monetize creative talent in digital media.

The WGA’s talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers collapsed Dec. 7 after the AMPTP demanded that the scribes remove half a dozen proposals from the table and the WGA refused.

Some of the town’s top agents, mostly notably CAA partner Bryan Lourd, played key roles in getting the AMPTP and the WGA back to the table in late November in the first talks since the WGA went on strike Nov. 5. Moguls have asserted that the talks fell apart partly because WGA leaders violated the tacit understanding that the latest round of talks would focus on new-media issues rather than more peripheral concerns such as animation and reality jurisdiction and strike sympathy clauses.

For its part, the WGA’s asserted that the AMPTP hasn’t presented anything close to an acceptable new media proposal. It’s also filed an unfair labor practices charge with Dept. of Labor over the AMPTP’s bargaining ultimatum.

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