DGA Appoints Team to Head Negotiations Committee

Negotiations Committee Chairs 2021

October 1, 2021

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka Glatter announced today that 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. The DGA National Board unanimously approved the appointments at its board meeting on Saturday, September 18.

“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,” said Glatter.  “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 AvnetJon 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. A veteran director and producer of more than 60 movies for the theaters and TV, as well as many series on all platforms, Avnet is a two-time DGA Award nominee.

Karen GaviolaKaren 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. Gaviola has directed over 125 hours of television across all genres. 
Todd HollandTodd 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. Holland is a prolific television director. He won the DGA Award in the Television Comedy category in 2001, and is a six-time nominee. 

The Guild expects to appoint its full 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.

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