Over the weekend, the Directors Guild of America began formal labor negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
The backroom brokering will be watched intensely by striking writers, who remains at odds with the AMPTP over labor issues.
The directors are thought to be much closer than the writers in reaching an agreement with the AMPTP. On Friday, the head of the DGA Michael Apted sent a letter to members, noting that they were within "shouting distance" of a resolution.
According to the Associated Press’ sources, "a quick resolution with directors could undercut the bargaining power of writers by serving as an industry template for the central issue of new media compensation."
Late on Friday, the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild released a terse statement of support for their directing brethren.
"We wish the DGA well and hope that they achieve a fair deal that incorporates principles that will benefit all creative artists," read the statement. "The DGA has to do what is best for its membership, but it is important to remember that they do not represent actors and writers."