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Directors guild and studios reach deal on new film and TV contract

Directors guild and studios reach deal on new film and TV contract
Directors Guild of America Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, above, and Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme led contract negotiations for the guild. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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DGA Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme and National Executive Director Jay Roth led the negotiations for the guild.

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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.

The DGA's current film and TV network and cable contracts expire June 30, the same time as the contract for the performers union SAG-AFTRA, whose leaders have signaled they will begin negotiations early next year.

The Writers Guild of America's contract expires May 1.

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