January 24, 2014 |
Studios say they will support efforts by the Writers Guild of America to ensure that screenwriters are paid on time. The Writers Guild of America, West announced this week that it was working with talent agents on a joint project to "address the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters" to "change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood. " The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major film and television studios, expressed support Thursday for the union's so-called late-pay initiative.
January 8, 2014 |
The Directors Guild of America announced that its members have ratified a new three-year contract with the major studios. The DGA did not disclose ballot results, but said Wednesday morning its members voted by an "overwhelming majority" to ratify the new contract, which covers 15,000 directors and their teams who work in film and television. The agreement with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers includes a 3% annual wage increase, higher residual payments, and improvements in basic cable pay. It also establishes minimum terms and conditions for high-budget new media productions for video on demand services and creates a formal diversity program at every major television studio.
January 3, 2014 |
"Shogun," "The Winds of War," "Game of Thrones" and "Under the Dome" are just a few titles in the library of highly regarded novels that have been adapted for television. And then there's "The Spoils of Babylon," the sprawling 22-hour miniseries with an all-star cast based on the massive novel by self-proclaimed "undisputed master of dramatic fiction" Eric Jonrosh. Filmed during the 1970s when "novels for television" were all the rage, "The Spoils of Babylon" revolved around the oil-rich Morehouse family and was packed with scenes of betrayal, greed and forbidden love.
November 23, 2013 |
The national board of the Directors Guild of America on Saturday voted in favor of a new three-year film and TV contract that includes proposed increases in wages, residuals and significant new pay terms for work in new media. The contract, which must be ratified by members before it takes effect, was reached Friday after three weeks of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major studios. The highlights of the new agreement include wage increases of 2.5% in the first year and 3% in the second and third years, with certain limited exceptions.
November 22, 2013 |
After three weeks of negotiations, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said they had reached an agreement on a new TV and film contract. Neither side, however, commented on the terms of the tentative agreement, which is to be presented to the guild's national board at a meeting Saturday night. DGA Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted and Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme led the negotiations for the guild. The DGA typically negotiates at least six months before its contracts are set to expire in the belief that studios are willing to make concessions in exchange for avoiding labor disruptions.
October 23, 2013 |
The Directors Guild of America and the group representing the major Hollywood studios have agreed to begin contract negotiations next month, nearly seven months before the expiration of the current agreement. The DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Wednesday that they have agreed to begin negotiating new film and TV contracts Nov. 4. The talks will be held at the alliance's headquarters in Sherman Oaks. "The DGA and the AMPTP have also agreed that neither organization will comment to the press regarding negotiations until negotiations have concluded," the parties said in a statement.