A FLTTA Contracts Master Class

The More You Know: A FLTTA Contracts Master Class

October 26, 2022 A Western AD/SM/PA Council Virtual Event

On October 26, AD/SM/PA category DGA members were invited on a deep dive into the terms and conditions under the Freelance Live and Tape Television Agreement (FLTTA) when the Western AD/SM/PA Council hosted the event, The More You Know: A FLTTA Contracts Master Class. Presented both in-person and online, the evening was led by experienced members with the participation of DGA staff, with the goal of providing expert advice on becoming a stronger Associate Director or Stage Manager and advancing their careers.

Following a welcome from Western AD/SM/PA Council Chair/Associate Director Gary R. Natoli, the attendees got valuable information on the basic terms for Network TV, Pay Cable and Syndication, including where those terms are negotiable for Streaming and Basic Cable productions. Adding their expertise to the conversation along with Natoli were Stage Managers Sean Callahan, Valdez Flagg, and Ron Paul; Associate Director Julie Gelfand; DGA Associate Western Executive Director Lisa Layer, the Guild executive in who oversees the Council and DGA Senior Contracts Administrator Barbara Berman.

Topics of discussion included: FLTTA basics; the duties of AD/SM/PA members as defined in the contract; rates, contributions and other payments including special abilities payment; prep time; criteria of employment; safety training; and how the contract applies to the arenas of Basic Cable and New Media. They also dispensed information about the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans, a brief orientation on the structure of the Guild and revealed who to contact regarding various issues. The attendees were also provided with a copy of the recently revised Council handout, The Associate Director & Stage Manager Guidebook, a quick reference guide for most topics relating to DGA AD/SM/ PA staffing, contracts, terms and benefits.

At the end of the event was a Q&A session where all the attendees, both in-person and online, could have their questions addressed by the experts.


DGA Members click here to view the class.
See video highlights from this event in the gallery below.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Gary NatoliAssociate Director Gary Natoli
Some of Natoli’s recent Associate Director credits include The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards2022 MTV Video Music Awards2022 Billboard Music AwardsThe OscarsThe 27th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards; and episodes of Big Brother. A DGA member since 1987, Natoli currently serves as the Western AD/SM/PA Council Chair and previously served terms as Council First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair and Council Secretary-Treasurer. 
 
Sean CallahanStage Manager Sean Callahan
Some of Callahan’s recent Stage Manager credits include Jo Koy: Live from the Los Angeles ForumJimmy Kimmel Live!, Instant Dream HomeThe 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and The Cube. A DGA member since 2012, Callahan currently serves as an Alternate on the Western AD/SM/PA Council and previously served as Council Secretary-Treasurer from 2020-2022. 
 
Valdez FlaggStage Manager Valdez Flagg
Some of Flagg’s recent Stage Manager credits include the BET Hip Hop Awards2022 ESPY Awards2022 Billboard Music Awards64th Annual Grammy Awards28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and The Oscars. A DGA member since 1987, Flagg currently serves as an Associate member of the DGA National Board, and as a member of the Western AD/SM/PA Council. He previously served as Council Chair from 2008-2014 and again from 2017-2019. 
 
Julie GelfandAssociate Director Julie Gelfand
Some of Gelfand’s recent Associate Director credits include The 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards53rd NAACP Image Awards23rd Annual A Home for the Holidays at the GroveCelebrity Big Brother and more than 300 episodes of Big Brother. A DGA member since 1992, Gelfand currently serves as a member of the DGA National Board and on the Western AD/SM/PA Council. She previously served as Council Chair from 2013-2015, and in 2015 was honored for with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the DGA. 
 
Ron PaulStage Manager Ron Paul
Some of Paul’s recent Stage Manager credits include 74th Primetime Emmy AwardsNorman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter2022 ESPY AwardsUkraine: Answering the Call2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards2022 Billboard Music Awards; and episodes of The Voice and Big Brother. A DGA member since 1985, Paul currently serves as a member of the Western AD/SM/PA Council and previously served as a Council Alternate. 
 
Lisa LayerDGA Associate Western Executive Director Lisa Layer
Layer is the DGA executive who oversees the Western AD/SM/PA Council as well as other Guild duties including the Guild’s Documentary Committee, Reality Television Committee and Sustainable Future Committee. 
 
Barbara BermanDGA Senior Contracts Administrator Barbara Berman
Berman's expertise covers all the DGA contracts including the Basic Agreement, Freelance Live and Tape Television Agreement, other contracts regarding Commercials, Documentaries, Experimental Projects, Low Budget Films, Reality Television, and the DGA rate cards. 
 

About the Council:

The Western AD/SM/PA Council is the elected body that represents the Guild members who reside in the Western region and work in television as Associate Directors, Stage Managers or Production Associates.

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photos by Elisa Haber

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