Directors meeting with AMPTP tomorrow

After being so far apart on key issues that they refused to begin negotiations, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are sitting down tomorrow to (attempt to) formulate a new DGAAMPTP contract.  The main issues, just like in the failed Writers Guild negotiations, are compensation for both original online content and internet reuse of film and TV material.  But the DGA, whose contract with the studios doesn’t expire till June 30, has a history of negotiating deals months ahead of time… and the directors have been having backchannel conversations with studio heads for the last two weeks.  Insiders say they wouldn’t be sitting down unless they had come close to agreeing on a deal that seemed reasonable for the entire industry, actors and writers included. We’ll see…

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