Directors Guild of Canada B.C. Reaches Tentative Deal With American, Local Producers

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The Directors Guild of Canada‘s British Columbia branch has reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing Hollywood producers, and its local counterpart, the Canadian Media Producers Association.

“As at this afternoon, the DGC BC had reached a tentative arrangement with the AMPTP (CMPA) The Memorandum of Agreement is being finalized. We will release more details once that’s done,” the DGC B.C. In a statement, the DGC B.C. stated that the new collective agreement is in progress.

The tentative agreement ends a labor action in and around Vancouver that began after the DGC B.C. On April 26, a formal striking notice was sent to the AMPTP & the CMPA. This action called for a strike or picket lines against any production that is not covered by a safe harbour agreement. labor law.

Most film and TV productions in Canada signed safe harbor agreements. They were protected from any possible labor action starting April 26.

Earlier, in the labor impasse the AMPTP & the CMPA warned North American producers could steer film and TV series towards Vancouver after the DGC’s British Columbia Branch held a strike authorization vote before issuing a formal strike notification.

Negotiations between the DGC B.C. and the North American producers dragged on until Wednesday’s tentative deal. The sticking points in these talks were over minimum wage payments, particularly to lower-paid positions, payment terms for COVID testing, and receiving wage increases retroactive to expiration of the last labor deal. Negotiations between the DGC B.C. and North American producers continued until Wednesday’s tentative agreement. The sticking points in these talks were minimum wage payments to lower-paid workers, payment terms for COVID Testing, receiving wage increases retroactively to the expiration the last labor agreement, and North American producers asking for further concessions from union.

The DGC B.C. The DGC B.C. stated that details of the tentative collective agreement would soon be revealed.

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