Directors Guild of America (DGA) President Paris Barclay today announced that the DGA extended National Executive Director Jay D. Roth’s contract through 2017.
“Twenty years ago, we were able to coax Jay out from a highly successful private practice,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “He’s since been the primary architect of our collective bargaining agreements for seven cycles, establishing transformative creative and economic gains for Directors and their teams. DGA members have benefited unbelievably from his wisdom and negotiating prowess in this ever-changing industry – under Jay’s leadership, we continue to look forward.”
Roth, who began his career as a legal services and civil rights lawyer, is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading labor and entertainment lawyers. He moved to the Guild's top management post in 1995 from his position as managing partner of a law firm specializing in the representation of entertainment guilds, labor organizations and pension, health and welfare funds in labor, entertainment, bankruptcy and transactional matters.
“I’m honored by the Guild’s vote of confidence in my service to the membership,” said Roth. “At the DGA, we’ve never wavered in our mission to advance the creative and economic rights of our members. Amidst an increasingly complex and globalizing industry, we are united in our resolve and ready to advance that mission as we prepare to enter negotiations with employers in the coming future.”
In addition to leading negotiations, Roth has spearheaded efforts to modernize the Guild, implementing the National Board’s direction to reflect organizationally the cutting edge work of DGA directors and their teams. Roth also re-focused the Guild’s operations around the management of core functions including: collective bargaining, organizing, jurisdiction and member support – most recently doubling the amount of DGA field representatives to help enforce Guild contracts. Additionally, he created new departments to address the Guild’s growing member needs and inform these core functions including the first Communications, Research, Diversity, Credits, and Government Affairs Departments. He supervised efforts to improve the infrastructure of the Guild including the integration and modernization of dozens of separate computer databases into one unified system to track and record residuals, projects, credits and other vital member data. Internationally, Roth directs DGA’s work with organizations representing Directors, collecting societies, international authors groups, and other organizations similarly dedicated to protecting the rights of the Director. He also oversees the Guild’s work with its 16,000 members around the world.
Roth is the chairman of the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans and co-chair of its Finance Committee, which, jointly with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and other industry producers, administers a $3 billion pension and health fund for 21,000 participants and their families. Roth is also Treasurer of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has served as chair of the Labor Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations and as chair of the American Bar Association Airline-Railway Labor Law Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
The DGA recognized Roth with the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2008. In 2009, President Sarkozy of France named Mr. Roth a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.
Roth was born and raised in New York and is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Boston University Law School. He is married, and has a daughter and two grandchildren.
About the Directors Guild of America
In the 79 years since its founding in 1936, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today the DGA represents nearly 16,000 Directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media. www.dga.org