The merger of the Screen Directors Guild and the Radio and Television Directors Guild forges the Directors Guild of America, Inc. The RTDG, formed in 1947 as the Radio Directors Guild, had grown to include television Directors, Associate Directors, Stage Managers and Production Assistants working in live and taped television. This year also marks the establishment of the DGA Producer Pension Plan and the first residuals for features aired on free television.

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