The budgets allocated to the SVOD series will now be covered by the new contract, which, according to guild leaders, “will extend the scope to many other series and ensure that the vast majority of members working in this region will benefit from the terms negotiated by the DGA, the remains and creative rights.” As previously reported, one-hour programs for the largest streaming platforms will pay more than $73,000 in the first three years of use in the second year of the new agreement, which is almost fivefold compared to 2016 (combined with 2017 profits) and, according to the union, on the average leftovers obtained in all markets for the most popular network series. Increases for half an hour and programs on smaller platforms were not disclosed in the summary. The guild refused to provide a copy of the agreement itself and had no comment on the article. The DGA`s negotiations with the management`s AMPTP, which began on 10 February, were concluded last Wednesday with an interim agreement. The DGA agreement is expected to set the model for the upcoming negotiations between AMPTP and the WGA, which are scheduled to begin on March 23, although these discussions will also address unique issues for writers. The current WGA pact expires on May 1. Negotiations on a new SAG-AFTRA would follow. His contract expires on June 30. The DGA said Friday that the increases include significant increases in tailings for members working on initial SVOD series and structural changes that will maximize the number of svodic productions under the terms of the new agreement; Increased employer contributions to the pension system; annual wage increases (2.5% in the first year, 3% in the second and third years); Substantial gains in creative television rights; and important commitments on diversity and inclusion. The new agreement also provides for progress for members working in non-dramatic programming, security, as well as a number of other improvements.
The Guild of America has ratified a three-year collective agreement, a step expected after the guild council unanimously recommended the agreement to members. The term of the new contract will come into effect on July 1. General increase in wages and remnants by 2.5% in the first year of the agreement and by 3% for the second and third years of the agreement. Increased credits for the DGA producers` pension plan. “While the best-funded in the sector, the guild has tried to continue to protect the plan from possible market downturns,” DGA executives said. ▪ The employer`s contribution rate to the pension fund will increase by 1% permanently in the first year of the agreement, from 7 to 8%. ▪ The DGA will also be entitled to allocate up to 0.5% of the salary increases negotiated during the second and third years of the agreement, either to the pension plan or to the health plan. It also increases the ceilings on which pension contributions are subject to contributions. Gains to address the persistent and growing problem of late scripts, which the guild says “lead to a reduction in preparation time and have a negative impact on a director`s ability to deliver the most compelling episode possible on time and on budget.” Negotiations on creative rights have also progressed in limiting electronic transmissions on set, guaranteeing additional cutting time for pilot directors and the first episodes of un pilot series and protecting the director`s right to participate fully in the casting process.