Leaders of the DGA stated tonight that the main studios “have dedicated to 2 weeks of pay” for a lot of non-director members who misplaced their jobs due to the coronavirus shutdown of movie and tv manufacturing, and that the guild has been “fast-tracking residuals” funds value “tens of tens of millions of {dollars} so you’d have this necessary supply of earnings in your palms instantly.” The guild can also be providing “leniency” on dues for members who can’t afford to pay due to the shutdown.

Beneath-the-line (non-director) DGA jobs embrace assistant administrators, unit manufacturing managers, stage managers and manufacturing associates.

“Because the coronavirus pandemic and its impression on our well being, our work, our group and the general financial system continues to unfold, your Guild is working exhausting for you,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme and nationwide government director Russ Hollander stated tonight of their newest message to their members. “With movie, tv and business manufacturing suspended in the interim, and our members in information working exhausting to maintain the world knowledgeable – we now have been involved with so a lot of you who’ve shared what’s in your minds. Whereas the state of affairs continues to stay fluid, we all know you might be searching for certainty in a sea of unknowns. Your Guild is right here so that you can be that beacon as we proceed to struggle on the entrance traces. To your safety. To your rights. And on your peace of thoughts.”

You’ll be able to learn the total message here.

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“Our contracts workers and discipline representatives have been working nonstop, connecting with tons of of members about their particular person work conditions, and advocating on their behalf,” they stated. “They’ve been in fixed contact with studios, networks and different employers, our sister guilds and unions, brokers and leisure legal professionals. As a part of that work, the main studios have dedicated to 2 weeks of pay to hold our below-the-line members impacted by manufacturing shutdowns, and we’re in talks with different employers demanding they do the identical or higher. We’re additionally working exhausting to safe reduction for administrators. For these of you who work in information, we’re pushing the Networks and Native Stations to offer a secure office.

“In anticipation of the present ‘Keep at House’ order that’s been instituted, our Residuals division (and workers from different departments) labored across the clock and on weekends upfront of the order to fast-track hundreds of residuals checks value tens of tens of millions of {dollars} so you’d have this necessary supply of earnings in your palms instantly. As further checks are delivered, the group is constant its unbelievable work to show them round as shortly as potential.

“We’re additionally conscious,” they stated, “that numerous you have got raised considerations about your DGA dues. Quarterly dues experiences will proceed as scheduled in April and members can be required to report their earnings. For members who can not afford to pay their dues, we now have made the choice to chorus from suspending members for non-payment of dues via July 1st, at which period we are going to assess the state of affairs. However when you’ve got the great fortune to have the ability to pay your dues at the moment, please do. That cash goes to assist function our Guild so we are able to proceed to guard you all through this pandemic. However once more, if you end up experiencing hardship and can’t pay at the moment, there may be leniency.”

On the healthcare entrance, Schlamme and Hollander stated: “We all know a lot of you might be involved and anxious about making your minimums. The Plans are within the means of making ready a e-newsletter that lays this out particularly. However we wish to guarantee these of you whose present protection expires on March 31st that in case you’ve met your minimal earnings threshold ($35,000 in coated earnings) from January 2019 to December 2019 you might be coated via March 31, 2021. To reiterate, even in case you had no earnings within the first quarter of 2020, you might be nonetheless protected for the subsequent 12 months.”

Additionally they famous that the guild has been combating for federal and state help for Hollywood staff who’ve all misplaced their jobs directly, and that “we’re so near seeing tangible outcomes. Hopefully by the point you get this, a invoice could have been handed with measures anticipated to incorporate expanded unemployment advantages and ‘pandemic unemployment’ advantages to make sure that leisure business staff not eligible for conventional unemployment can obtain comparable weekly advantages.”