The Directors Guild of America is waiting in the wings should contract negotiations with showbiz scribes remain unproductive.
The DGA signaled Thursday that it's nearly ready to start negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. Members were receiving a letter from DGA prexy Michael Apted disclosing that the guild's negotiating committee held its first meeting last week.
The development came with no progress reported from Thursday's bargaining session between the WGA and the companies. The five sessions so far -- three in July and two this week -- have been marked by acrimony, with no apparent progress toward a deal.
It is unclear whether these negotiations are related to the strike which has postponed the filming schedule of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, though it seems likely.