Directors Guild Cuts Deal With Producers

Agreement could put pressure on striking Hollywood writers
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 4:46 PM CST
Writer, comedian and actress Tina Fey, center, checks out personal messages on the sign of a friend as Saturday Night Live actress Amy Poehler, far right, looks on as they join Writers Guild of America...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Directors Guild of America has cut a deal with the major Hollywood studios, the Wall Street Journal reports, ratcheting up pressure on the striking Writers Guild either to accept a similar contract or risk alienating its members. The DGA ironed out a 3-year agreement to compensate members for work presented over the Internet—a prime sticking point for writers.

The DGA’s lead negotiator called the tentative contract, finalized after just 5 days of formal negotiations, “groundbreaking and substantial.” If the writers reject the terms for its own contract, the strike could last through June, when the Screen Actors Guild’s contract expires. Such a move could elevate strike tensions and split the guild into warring factions, the Journal says.