2023 Negotiations Member Portal

DGA Negotiations 2023

Welcome to the DGA’s member portal for Negotiations-related information. Please continue to check this section for updates and other information.


DPE Solidarity

May 31, 2023
Instagram Post: DPE Stands in Solidarity
DPE stands in solidarity with Directors Guild of America members in the final week of contract negotiations with the AMPTP. Full statement in bio.

DGA Negotiations 2023

May 25, 2023
Instagram Post: International Solidarity
We're thankful for the support of our union siblings across the globe as we continue Fighting For Our Future. From Argentina and Ireland to Germany and Australia, thank you for your solidarity!

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GENERAL FAQs (For answers, please click the plus signs)

Our major contracts expire on June 30. DGA and the AMPTP have agreed to begin negotiations on May 10, 2023.

This year we will be negotiating updates to the Basic Agreement (BA) and the Freelance Live and Tape Television Agreement (FLTTA).

When negotiations begin, the DGA presents contract demands based on the priorities of our members. These demands will address the core issues at stake for Directors and their teams in today’s entertainment industry, including the global reach of the industry, SVOD residuals, wages, health care and pensions, safety, creative rights, diversity and more. The studios also come to the table with their own set of issues. Negotiations continue until we reach a tentative agreement. Once a tentative agreement is reached, it is submitted to the national board for approval and is then put to the full membership for a final ratification vote.

The DGA has been preparing for bargaining for more than a year and a half, listening to the concerns of our members, researching the issues, and consulting with industry experts so we are in the best possible position to achieve our goals. Our strategic bargaining process is designed to ensure that we reach the strongest contract possible – a goal we can achieve because of your participation and your voice at the table. Our diverse negotiating committees represent every corner of our membership and they have been working consistently to ensure your priorities will be reflected during bargaining.

This year’s negotiations are about more than bargaining a strong contract for the next three years – they’re about setting the course for the future. Make no mistake – the industry understands that DGA is united and prepared, ready to fight hard and committed to win a strong contract. We know at the end of this process we will secure an agreement ensuring that Directors, Assistant Directors, Associate Directors, Unit Production Managers, Stage Managers and Production Associates win the respect and fairness they deserve to build an industry that’s economically sustainable and reflects the immense value of your craft and your creativity to this industry.

The 80-member strong DGA Negotiating Committee will represent our members at the bargaining table. Led by Negotiations Chair Jon Avnet, Co-Chair Karen Gaviola and Co-Chair Todd Holland, as well as DGA Executive Director Russ Hollander, our Negotiating Committee is made up of members from all categories, genres, and geographic areas. Our Creative Rights negotiations are on a parallel track with a dedicated negotiating committee, led by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Mostow in features, and Thomas Schlamme and Nicole Kassell on the TV side.

The DGA will negotiate with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which is the official collective bargaining representative of all the major Studios.

Big issues are at stake:

  • Winning strong wage increases that help members address the rising cost of living
  • Securing our world-class Pension and Health Plans
  • Ensuring our SVOD residuals program accounts for the growing global audience
  • Improving safety on the set
  • Fighting to protect the role and vision of all Directors, and, in particular, television Directors
  • Increasing diversity and strengthening the voice of under-represented people throughout the industry


To get involved, join your fellow members on the growing DGA Outreach Team, our member education and communication arm.

The purpose of the DGA outreach team is to:

  • Provide communication to each of you about negotiations
  • Support increased member engagement and awareness around our contract issues and demands
  • Communicate with you about member meetings, virtual and in-person activities and mobilization
  • Answer your questions in real time about the issues or the process.

For more info about the outreach team please contact outreachteam@dga.org.


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Deadline DGA Negotiations 2023 Contract Goals May 9, 2023
DGA Leaders Lay Out Goals For Contract Talks That Start Wednesday – Watch The Video
Hollywood Reporter Negotiations 2023 Member Outreach Leadership March 28, 2023
Directors Guild Sets Leadership to Helm Member Outreach Efforts During 2023 Negotiations
Deadline February 18, 2023
DGA President Lesli Linka Glatter Says At DGA Awards That Guild Will "Fight Like Hell" For Fair Film & TV Contract
Hollywood Reporter February 4, 2023
Directors Guild Says It Is Not In Their Best Interest to Begin Negotiations Ahead of Its Contract Expiration


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Committee Chairs
Negotiations Chair Jon Avnet
Negotiations Chair
Karen Gaviola
Negotiations Co-Chair
Todd Holland
Negotiations Co-Chair
Russell Hollander
Chief Negotiator
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