Monday, April 15, 2024

Directors Guild Settles with Studios Using Leverage from Writers Strike, Agrees “AI is not a person and cannot replace the duties performed by members”


The Writers Guild strike, now more than a month old, has given another union leverage to agree to a new contract with with the studios.

Overnight, the Directors Guild came to terms with the AMPTP on many points including artificial intelligence. Computers will not be directing movies and TV shows, at least for now.

The agreement states:

“AI is not a person and that generative AI cannot replace the duties performed by members.

The Directors Guild, as someone said when all this began in April, “always caves.” They were right. But also, the DGA was able to use the WGA situation and get a halfway decent agreement from the studios. Directors are much different than writers or actors. For one thing, you can’t direct anything if you don’t have a script. So the DGA agreement is a moot point if the studios won’t come to terms with the writers.

Will this agreement hurt the WGA strike? Probably not. This WGA looks adamant and steadfast, and soon they may joined by SAG-AFTRA.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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