Members of the Directors Guild of America voted to approve a new contract with movie and television production companies, the union said late Wednesday.
The three-year vote came after leaders of the 13,500-member union endorsed a tentative agreement which was earlier reached in mid-January with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers which helped restart stalled talks between the alliance and Hollywood writers. The new contract replaces an agreement that expires on June 30.
The DGA did not disclose the vote tally but did say the AMPTP received overwhelming approval.
A statement by DGA President Michael Apted said the vote reflects the strong support and enthusiasm our members have for our new contractâ€¦which is crucial to our survival in this digital age.
The agreement was most notable for provisions to pay union members more for work distributed over the Internet - a key controversial point in the labor dispute with screenwriters.
It also established guild coverage of work for new media, set payments for movies and shows sold on the Web at a rate higher than those historically paid for home video distribution. Apted also noted agreements were in reached including basic wages, residual fees and the union's health plan.
The Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East have called off their strike, but writers have not yet completed their ratification vote.
Meanwhile, the Screen Actors Guild, which represents 120,000 film and TV performers, is deciding when to start its own contract negotiations with studios. SAG's existing contract is set to expires on June 30.