Directors Defy WGA, Negotiate With Producers

121307 michaelapted Directors Defy WGA, Negotiate With ProducersThe WGA convinced the Directors Guild of America to stay away from the bargaining table with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers while they were on strike. But now they’re scheming to belly up after New Year’s Day and start a new master contract, according to The New York Times.

An existing contract between the Directors Guild of America, which represents about 13,500 directors and associated production workers, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, an industry bargaining group, is set to expire June 30.

The new talks are likely to jolt striking screenwriters, who walked out almost six weeks ago after failing to reach a deal of their own with the producers’ alliance. Members of the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America East had lobbied the directors to stay away from the bargaining table until the writers came to terms with the companies.

But talks between producers and writers collapsed amid mutual accusations of bad faith last Friday, and leaders of the directors’ guild, who have often found advantage in settling their deals early, decided they could no longer hold back.