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DGA Contract Talks: Directors Seek More Time and Clout in Editing Room on Episodic TV

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Gene Maddaus Senior Media Writer The Directors Guild of America is pushing for a contractual provision that would give TV directors more time and responsibility in the editing room, sources told Variety.

The DGA is negotiating its new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The current contract expires on June 30.

One of the key issues on the table is “creative rights” in television. TV directors have an absolute right under their existing contract to prepare a “director’s cut,” which is the first cut after the editor’s assembly.

That right dates to 1964, when director Frank Capra led the charge to enshrine it in the DGA contract. The contract also provides minimum time periods to prepare the director’s cut.

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