Directors Guild Members Ratify Commercials Contract

Members of the Directors Guild of America have ratified a three-year successor agreement to its commercials contract with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers.

DGA president Paris Barclay made the announcement Wednesday.

“With this strong new contract, we have not only secured wage increases, improved pension and health contributions and created new work opportunities for our members, we have also laid the groundwork for the creation of the first-ever commercial diversity program, all while recognizing the flexibility needed to help this important sector of our business flourish,” said Barclay.

The new agreement contains similar gains to those in the DGA’s successor deal for its master contract covering feature and TV work, which went into effect July 1 for three years.

The commercials deal includes wage increases of 3% in each year of the contract; a “significant” increase in contributions to the Pension and Health Plans; and establishment of a first-ever diversity program, to be developed and administered by the AICP, with the goal of expanding directorial opportunities for women and ethnic minorities.

The agreement also includes new low-budget commercial provisions and additional provisions to increase work opportunities for members working outside of Los Angeles and New York.

The DGA’s national board unanimously approved the contract during its Oct. 18 meeting, triggering the ratification vote by members.

The new contract covers from Dec. 1 through November 30, 2017.

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