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Despite rumors, still no DGA-AMPTP talks scheduled

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Despite reports and speculation that the Directors Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers would begin negotiations today, a DGA rep confirms that talks have not begun, nor has a date been scheduled. The rep says that eventually a date “will be announced with a press release.” That said, it’s been widely reported that the two sides are talking unofficially behind closed doors to work out a framework for talks. Presumably, the DGA is being careful about setting negotiations in motion, given the implications that extend beyond their own talks — namely that a quick deal between the DGA and AMPTP could negate the striking WGA’s efforts if it sets a precedent for residuals that is less than what writers are aiming for.