DGA Statement on the DOJ’s Move to End the Paramount Consent Decrees


December 2, 2019

In this new Gilded Age, the Department of Justice’s recent move to end the Paramount Consent Decrees is a step in the wrong direction. While the motion picture and television industry has changed in the 70 years since the first Decree was signed, many of those changes – precipitated by new tech giant entrants – call for greater, not lesser, antitrust oversight.

To defend competition in the motion picture marketplace, the DOJ must combat predatory and monopolistic practices.  Fair competition is especially imperative for both independent films and small and independent theaters.  Most importantly, a fair and robust market ensures our members and other creators have the widest possible opportunities for work, and audiences who want to enjoy the experience of seeing a motion picture in a theater have access to the very best and most diverse content no matter where they live.

The DGA will be monitoring this issue and will continue its fight for the fair market conditions that support a robust film, television, and new media marketplace.

Lily Bedrossian -
Director of Media Relations
(310) 289-5334