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DGA Members Ratify Commercial Contract

The Directors Guild of America rank and file have "overwhelmingly" ratified a new commercial contract, DGA said Wednesday (Nov. 29).

The contract is with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), whose members "account for 85% of all domestic commercials aired nationally, whether produced for traditional broadcast channels or non-traditional use," says AICP.

A tentative agreement was struck earlier this month.

The DGA National Board has already approved the contract.

Highlights include:

1) A 2.5% wage increase in the first year, and 3% bumps in each of the second and third years.

2) A permanent increase in employer contribution rate to the pension plan—.5% in the first year from 5.5% to 6%.

3) Mandatory training for assistant directors and unit production managers.

AICP has committed to continue to develop the director diversity program.

Negotiations began in August. The contract covers a three-year period from Dec. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2020.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.