DGA strikes a deal with the AMPTP
The new contract does include a residual payment formula for new media including the Internet. Both the DGA and the AMPTP seem satisfied with the arrangement, based on statements by both sides.
The question is: how will this affect the writers' strike? I have heard that while not every television show needs a writer, every show needs a director. This gives the DGA more leverage than the WGA. Also, if the directors went on strike, it would stop production immediately on all shows, as opposed to the lead time that occurred when the writers went on strike.
I do hope this is a signal to the end of the writer's strike, however I don't think it will end so easily. I love scripted television, but I am reticent to clap my hands and say the WGA strike is over and done with. I just think the directors (and, when the time comes, the actors) are in a better position than the writers. I hope I'm wrong and television returns to normal (as normal as television gets anyway) as soon as possible.