DGA national executive director Russell Hollander will be the guild’s chief negotiator.
Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka Glatter has named the leaders who will head up the union’s next film and television negotiations.
Director Jon Avnet has been appointed Chair, and directors Todd Holland and Karen Gaviola have been appointed Co-Chairs, of the next DGA Feature Film and Television Negotiations Committee.
Glatter said: “We don’t yet know when our next negotiations will take place, but we are looking ahead as we carefully examine the creative and economic issues faced by our members working in film and television. As part of that process, we have asked three of our prominent feature and television directors – Jon Avnet, Karen Gaviola and Todd Holland – to head our negotiations, and they have graciously agreed. Jon and Todd did such a tremendous job co-chairing in our last round – and as a veteran of many past negotiating committees, Karen is just the right person to round out this stellar team. We are so fortunate to have the benefit of their wisdom and many years of experience to spearhead this process.”
The DGA’s current three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on June 30, 2023.
Jon Avnet has served on the DGA Negotiations Committee for the past three negotiations cycles, co-chairing the most recent round with Todd Holland. He is a National Board member, serves on the Western Directors Council, and is a Trustee to the DGA Pension and Health Plans.
Karen Gaviola has served on the DGA Negotiations Committee for the past four negotiations cycles. She is a National Board member and serves on the Western Directors Council. She is also a member of the TV Director Creative Rights Committee and Diversity Task Force, and serves as a Trustee to the DGA Pension and Health Plans.
Todd Holland has served on the DGA Negotiations Committee for the past six negotiations cycles, and co-chaired the most recent round with Jon Avnet. He is a National Board member and serves on the Western Directors Council. He is also a Trustee to the DGA Pension and Health Plans, Chair of the Directors Guild Foundation, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force.
The Guild expects to appoint more members to the Negotiations Committee, made up of directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors and stage managers working in all genres, later this year. National Executive Director Russell Hollander will serve as the Guild’s chief negotiator.