John Libretto Heading DGA Network Staff Negotiating Committee

Holey, Berger named as vice chairs

The Directors Guild of America has tapped John Libretto as chair of its network staff negotiating committee.

Brett Holey and Scott Berger have been selected as vice chairs.

The DGA has not yet set a start date for negotiations for a successor contract to the current contract, which expires June 30, 2014, and covers about 700 DGA members.

Libretto is the senior director for news for NBC and director of “Dateline NBC.” He served on past negotiation committees in 2010, 2008 and 2005 and as an alternate to the DGA’s Eastern Directors Council.

Holey is the director and senior broadcast producer for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and Director of NBC News Specials.

Berger is an associate director on the “CBS Evening News” and the current Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the DGA’s national board. He received the DGA’s Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award in 2009.

DGA president Taylor Hackford also acknowledged the service of past network negotiations committee chair William M. “Bill” Brady, who retired from CBS News last year after having been involved in every network negotiation since the mid-80s.

The DGA board unanimously approved the appointments at its recent meeting, when the DGA announced that Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted and Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme would serve as co-chairs for the feature film and television negotiating committee. That deal also expires on June 30, 2014, and negotiation dates have not yet been set.

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