25 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Taylor Hackford will succeed Michael Apted as president of the Directors Guild of America.

Hackford was chosen Saturday during the guild's biennial national convention at Directors Guild headquarters in Hollywood. Steven Soderbergh was re-elected national VP and Gilbert Cates was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

The 135 delegates on hand also elected members of a new national board of directors. The DGA includes more than 14,000 members.

After a year and a half of labor unrest, which included a four-month writers strike and a protracted stand-off for the actors union, Hackford faces the challenge of navigating the next round of contract negotiations looming in.

With new-media considerations dominating the previous round's contentious debates, the de facto collective bargaining that will materialize in early should prove once again to be a battle over the digital future and how the creative community should be compensated as content migrates to the Web.

Hackford also took aim at Internet »


- By Jay A. Fernandez

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