Director's Guild of America

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The Directors Guild of America is an entertainment guild which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry and abroad. Founded as the Screen Directors Guild in 1936, the group merged with the Radio and Television Directors Guild in 1960 to become the modern Directors Guild of America.OverviewAs a union that seeks to organize an individual profession, rather than multiple professions across an industry, the DGA is a craft union. It represents directors and members of the directorial team (assistant directors, unit production managers, stage managers, associate directors, production associates, and location managers) that representation includes all sorts of media, such as film, television, documentaries, news, sports, commercials and new media.The Guild has various training programs whereby successful applicants are placed in various productions and can gain experience working in the film or television industry., the guild had more than 16,000 members. The DGA headquarters are located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, with satellite offices in New York and Chicago and coordinating committees in San Francisco, Chicago and London.CompositionAccording to DGA's Department of Labor records, the guild's reported membership classifications currently account for 1,532 "retirees", 323 "suspended" members, and 5 "life" members, compared to 13,577 "active" members. "Suspended" members pay dues but are ineligible to vote in the union. DGA contracts also cover some non-members, known as agency fee payers. These non-members currently number 172, or comparatively about 1% of the size of the union's membership.

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