The DGA is moving toward formal negotiations with the AMPTP, laying the groundwork for talks with informal meetings with moguls.

The guild and the AMPTP had no comment but DGA exec director Jay Roth and negotiating committee chief Gil Cates confabbed over the weekend on the framework for upcoming talks with Disney topper Robert Iger and Fox chief Peter Chernin.

The directors announced on Dec. 13 that they would wait until the end of the year for the WGA to reach an agreement. It’s then said repeatedly that it would only announce the start of talks if an “appropriate” framework could be established.

The DGA’s expected to focus heavily on new-media compensation issues. It’s spent $2 million over the past year in research to back up its proposals.

The DGA contract expires on June 30. It’s been under pressure from WGA members to hold off on starting talks but its president Michael Apted has said that the damage from the two-month WGA strike was too significant to wait for the WGA to get back to the table.

The DGA’s also indicated that it will arrive at the bargaining table with a proposal that will be narrowly focused on new-media compensation without peripheral issues such as jurisdiction.