While the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America have been grabbing headlines for the past year, the Directors Guild of America has mostly gone back under the radar.
A year ago, the DGA achieved a rare stretch of public notice when it came to an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers on Jan. 17. That fomented hope that the writers strike might end, after talks broke down between the WGA and the producers six weeks earlier.
By the time the WGA put down its picket signs on Feb. 12, the DGA's profile outside of Hollywood had receded. Insiders remember, though, that the DGA leaders had averted an impasse that would have compounded the WGA stalemate -- partly by conducting its own research over the previous two years into the parameters of new media and by maintaining an extensive dialogue with the AMPTP and key member companies.
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