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November 2021 | Directors Guild of America

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The deadline for the DGA AD programme is 1st December 2021!! If you want a career in the AD department then apply today ...

The primary duty of a Trainee is to assist the DGA staff as well as the producer in the performance of their duties. A Trainee must be flexible in interacting with the various personalities on a set and in coping with quickly changing circumstances and conditions during the workday. S/he must take direction well, have an ability to organize and prioritize, and be able to withstand high levels of stress. A Trainee must be able to read, write, and communicate very well and must have basic mathematic and accounting skills.

The position of Trainee can be physically demanding. A Trainee must be able to be on time for all calls and to stay on a set for long hours, in extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, snow and wind) with little rest time.

The Program is a feature of the collective bargaining agreement between the Directors Guild of America and both the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers for the Eastern Region (AICP). Trainees are paid by signatory producers at rates that have been determined by DGA/Producer negotiation. When assigned to a production, the Trainee becomes an employee of the production company. Trainee weekly salary rates increase over the two year period on a quarterly (six month) basis as follows:

1st quarter: $915
2nd quarter: $930
3rd quarter: $997
4th quarter: $1,063

Trainees are entitled to overtime pay after working 54 hours in a week. Trainees generally work between 70-90 hours during a 5 day work week. While participating in the Program, Trainees are provided with health insurance, at no cost.

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