Did the Directors Really Sabotage Their Sisters?

DGA Negotiations chair Jon Avnet.
DGA Negotiations chair Jon Avnet. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Jonathan Handel
June 11, 2023

The Directors Guild’s new studio deal is in the news, and not necessarily in a good way. With ratification ballots due back on June 23, some members are saying their union achieved too little—particularly on the subjects of residuals, basic wages, and transparency. 

“This isn’t the time to accept table scraps and call them historic,” tweeted Steven DeKnight (Pacific Rim: Uprising), echoing several prominent DGA directors, many of them also WGA members. Some writers and actors feel that the deal undercuts the ongoing WGA strike and the SAG-AFTRA negotiations that began last Wednesday. Larry Charles, the Borat director and WGA multihyphenate, posted a video in which he said, “I found my conscience tugging at me, saying, ‘You can’t leave everyone else behind.’ So I voted no to this contract.”