DGA, AMPTP to begin negotiations


AMPTP and Directors Guild of America announced in a joint statement Friday they would hold their first formal session Saturday at AMPTP’s headquarters in LA. Reports are that DGA that the will quickly hammer out a deal with AMPTP.

However, the feeling is these negotiations may not have a lot of influence over WGA negotiations—or lack thereof. Said WGA and the Screen Actors Guild in a joint statement: "We wish the DGA well and hope that they achieve a fair deal that incorporates principles that will benefit all creative artists. The DGA has to do what is best for its membership, but it is important to remember that they do not represent actors and writers."

A tentative agreement could be done as early as this week. Both sides have agreed to a press blackout until a deal is done or talks break off, AMPTP and DGA said in their statement.