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in Filmmaking
on Jan 18, 2008

The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative deal with the AMPTP, and now its time to weigh in on it. However, coming as it did on the eve of Sundance, much of the working film industry press is a bit distracted. Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes have a solid article in today’s New York Times, in which they outline how the DGA’s different negotiating philosophy and lengthy pre-negotiation back channel conversations led to a quick deal.

Over at the Working Life blog, labor activist and former Senatorial candidate Jonathan Tasini is doing the math, reviewing the deal point by point and offering his thoughts. At first glance he seems pretty mixed on the deal’s merits for workers, particularly objecting to its qualifications on new media jurisdiction. Click on the link above for his detailed comments.

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