The unthinkable has happened.
Not only has theTVaddict.com scooped Deadline Hollywood Daily (Hey Nikki, there’s no such thing as vacation in Hollywood!), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) has tentatively reached a deal with the AMPTP following a mere six (no really, six!) days of negotiating.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the DGA announced that the new deal:
• Increases both wages and residual bases for each year of the contract.
• Establishes DGA jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet.
• Establishes new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads (electronic sell-through) that essentially doubles the rate currently paid by employers.
• Establishes residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet.
Naturally, the speed at which this agreement was reached begs some obvious questions. Namely, how long until the WGA and AMPTP reach an agreement? Why has the WGA strike managed to last almost three months while the DGA negotiated an agreement in six days? And most importantly, can the WGA ‘borrow’ the DGA’s negotiating team to help reach and fair and equitable agreement faster.
Not to sound incredibly selfish or anything, but this TV Addict can’t take much more of this. For God sakes I watched a LIFETIME movie last week, a LIFETIME MOVIE!