LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Experts say negotiations between U.S. film studios and the directors union could result in a deal that undercuts demands made by the striking writers.
A new contract between the studios and the Directors Guild of America could weaken the position of the Writer's Guide of America, which is in the eighth week of striking, as well as the Screen Actors Guild, which holds a contract that runs out in June, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
The DGA and WGA share many concerns, most prominently compensation for work distributed over the Internet, but the chief negotiator for the director's union, Gilbert Cates, is considered friendlier to studios than the negotiators employed by the writers, the Times said.
"We all want a piece of the Internet. The difference is not in what we want but in the tactics we use to get it," Cates said.
A DGA deal could mean bad news for the writers, as Hollywood often operates on "pattern bargaining," where a deal struck with a talent union becomes the model for deals with the other unions.