DGA Fast-Tracks Distribution of $9 Million in Foreign Levies

Foreign Levies

May 15, 2020

Los Angeles — The Directors Guild of America (DGA) today announced the fast-tracking of nearly $9 million in foreign levies to 5,000 directors over the past week. As production remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guild has continued its work to expedite vital income when it is most needed. Foreign levies are fees collected by foreign countries in part to compensate rights holders for the effects of re-use, copying, rental and retransmission of their films and television programs. This income to members as well as non-member directors was made possible by the DGA’s successful efforts over three decades ago to negotiate agreements with foreign collecting societies, and challenge the studios’ claims to these monies.

“This present situation sheds light on why we fight so hard to advance our members’ rights, and the difference it can make. Similar to our efforts with residuals, the DGA has been working around the clock to expedite distribution of this biannual run of foreign levies when it’s most needed,” said DGA National Executive Director Russell Hollander. “And also similar to residuals, foreign levies are a stream of income that would not have been possible without our Guild’s decades-long fight to financially connect members to the success of their work.”

Through the years, the DGA foreign levies department has distributed over $242 million to directors – including more than $28 million to 6,700 non-members – and donated over $3.5 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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