Members of the Directors Guild of America have voted to ratify a new TV commercials contract. The DGA, as is its custom, did not disclose how many ballots were cast or how many voted to ratify it, other than to say that it was approved “overwhelmingly.”
The DGA’s new three-year deal with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers includes a 2.5% pay raise in the first year of the contract and 3% raises in each of the second and third years. The new pact also includes a 0.5% increase in employer contributions to its Pension Plan – up from 5.5% to 6% – with the right to allocate another 0.5% of the salary raises in the second and third years of the agreement to the DGA Pension Plan or the DGA Health Plan.
“From increases in wages and benefit contributions to gains in safety, we entered into negotiations with the goal of achieving the best possible deal for our members who work in the commercial production industry,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “Thanks to the DGA negotiations committee and our professional staff, we met that objective with a new contract that contains significant improvements while also allowing producers the flexibility they need to keep this rapidly evolving, global industry thriving.”
The guild said the new contract also establishes mandatory safety training for assistant directors and unit production managers “to support their roles in helping the employer maintain best practices and a safe working environment.” Other highlights include outsized wage gains for second assistant directors, increases in the base upon which pension and health contributions are made on behalf of directors and a commitment from the companies to further develop the Director Diversity Program established in negotiations three years ago.