Is the DGA’s “extraordinary” AMPTP contract seen by all members as damage control?

As the writers guild members recently approved a new contract, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) is now facing criticism from some of its members who believe their deal with the studios and streamers falls short. In an effort to clarify its position, the DGA sent an email to its members touting the “extraordinary gains” made in their contract negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). However, not all members are convinced, with some accusing the DGA of engaging in damage control and favoring the studios.

Criticism of the DGA Deal:
In response to the email sent by the DGA, some members expressed their dissatisfaction, stating that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA have fought longer and harder for better deals. These members argue that the DGA settled too quickly and failed to secure substantial gains for its members. Social media has become a platform for directors to voice their discontent, with one member highlighting the stark differences between the WGA and DGA contracts. Overall, there is a sense among certain DGA members that the guild’s leadership is too closely aligned with the studios’ interests.

Conflicting Views and Perception:
The timing of the DGA’s email has raised eyebrows among members who believe the guild is potentially undermining ongoing negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP by trying to assure its members that their deal is satisfactory. This perception has led to accusations that the DGA is merely acting as a pawn for the studios and pushing other guilds to accept less favorable terms. Trust in the DGA leadership, therefore, has been called into question, as members feel they are not being adequately represented.

The DGA’s Response:
When approached for comment, the DGA defended its actions, stating that it remains proud of the contract it negotiated on behalf of its members. The guild also reiterated its commitment to supporting other guilds and unions in their efforts to secure fair deals. In a testimonial, a director expressed his satisfaction with the DGA’s efforts, emphasizing that negotiations in the ever-changing entertainment industry can be complex and challenging to understand. This director, who is also a member of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA, conveyed his support for all three guilds’ endeavors.

While the DGA wants its members to believe that it achieved extraordinary gains in its deal with the AMPTP, not all members are convinced. Criticism stems from comparisons with the more favorable WGA contract and concerns about the DGA’s relationship with the studios. The DGA’s attempt to clarify its position has raised questions about its timing and potential impact on SAG-AFTRA negotiations. Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether the DGA’s reassurances will be enough to allay members’ concerns and maintain unity within the guild.