DGA Appoints Network TV News Negotiators
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Directors Guild President Taylor Hackford announced that John Libretto has been appointed to chair the Guild’s Network Staff Negotiating Committee. Libretto will be joined by Director Brett Holey and Associate Director Scott Berger who will serve as Vice-Chairs of the Committee. ”Their combined years of experience working in television news along with their previous negotiating experience will be enormous assets to the Guild when it comes time to negotiate our network contract in New York.” Libretto is the Senior Director for News for NBC and director of Dateline NBC. Holey is the Director and Senior Broadcast Producer for NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams and Director of NBC News Specials. Berger is an Associate Director on the CBS Evening News and is the current Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the DGA’s National Board of Directors and has served 12 terms on the AD/SM/PA East Council. He has been on every DGA Network Negotiating Committee since the 1980s, including serving as the Vice-Chair Committee in the last round of negotiations. Hackford acknowledged the service of past Network Negotiations Committee Chair William M. “Bill” Brady, who retired from CBS News last year. ”Words cannot describe how much Bill has done on behalf of our members who work in news and sports. For this we all owe Bill a great deal of gratitude.” The National Board of Directors unanimously approved these appointments at its recent April meeting. The DGA announced earlier this year that Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted and Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme would serve as co-chairs of the Feature Film and Television Negotiating Committee. The DGA’s current Network contract expires on June 30, 2014. Negotiation dates have not yet been set.