The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) have ratified a new DGC-CMPA Standard Agreement.
Reached in principle in July, the three-year deal gives directors a 2.5 per cent wage increase in 2019, followed by three per cent increases in 2020 and 2021. Crew members will see a general yearly wage increase of three per cent in each of the three years of the deal.
“With the ratification of this agreement, the CMPA and its members have endorsed the imaginative and inventive role all DGC members bring to television, motion pictures and digital production,” noted Bill Skolnik, Lead Negotiator and DGC Ontario Executive Director & CEO. “Directors, in particular, will now be recognized not only for their contribution at the production level but also in the exhibition of their works across all platforms.”
The 2019-2021 CMPA-DGC Standard Agreement will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and will apply to all productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia and Quebec, commencing principal photography on or after that date.
“The stellar reputation of Canada’s production industry is in no small part thanks to the dynamic partnership between producers, directors and the many talented crew members behind the camera, and this new agreement is a testament to that indispensable synergy,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice-President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. “Especially during this period of significant change in the screen-based production sector, the stability and predictability that this deal represents are more important than ever.”
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