The Director's Guild has made a big deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
The three-year deal apparently offers key advances in jurisdiction and payment for Internet programming and downloads.
These are the terms of the deal:
"Establishing DGA jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet;
Boosting the residuals formula for paid Internet downloads (electronic sell-through) by double the current rate;
Establishing residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet."
"What does this have to do with the writer's strike?", you say? Well, it certainly is going to make it a hell of a lot easier for the two sides to come to some kind of agreement. Several insiders apparently see the DGA deal as a "template" for the Writer's and Screen Actor's Guild, meaning this could all be over in a matter of weeks.
Thank God - we can finally find out what happens next in Heroes
In the meantime, check out this hot new show airing in just a few weeks: