Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today announced that the DGA’s Network Negotiations Committee has reached a tentative new three-year agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC covering DGA members who work in news, sports and operations.

These negotiations, which began on September 24 in New York and concluded on October 7, address the DGA’s Network Staff and Freelance Agreements, which cover staff and freelance directors, associate directors, stage managers and program-production assistants employed in news, sports and operations at the companies’ television networks and at a number of their locally owned and operated television stations. The Network Agreements are separate from the Guild’s Basic Agreement and are negotiated every three years.

The tentative contract will be presented to the DGA’s National Board at the regularly-scheduled board meeting on October 19 and if approved, the contract will then be sent to the membership for ratification. The new contract incorporates annual wage increases and other negotiated benefits for directors and their teams. Further details will be released after the tentative agreement has been presented to the National Board.

Negotiations were headed by John LiBretto, Chair of the DGA’s Network Negotiations Committee; Vice Chairs Brett Holey and Scott Berger; and Russell Hollander, the DGA’s Associate National Executive Director/Eastern Executive Director.

The Guild’s current contract with the networks expires on June 30, 2014. If approved by the National Board and ratified by the members, the new contract will be effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.