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In Memoriam: Larry Auerbach

Larry AuerbachLegendary director and DGA–Producer Pension and Health Plans Trustee, Larry Auerbach, passed away on Saturday, December 20 in La Jolla, California.  He was 91.

Mr. Auerbach, who worked as a director on New York daytime dramas for more than four decades, began his directing career on NBC’s Watch Mister Wizard in 1950. In 1951, Mr. Auerbach began working on Love of Life, where he continued for nearly thirty years until that show completed its run in 1980.  Mr. Auerbach then went on to direct several other daytime serials, including One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Another World and All My Children.

Mr. Auerbach was nominated for nine daytime Emmy awards, including a win in 1984 for One Life to Live

Photo by Jennifer S. Altman courtesy DGA

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Holiday Office Closures

The DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans office will observe the following holiday schedule:

Wednesday, December 24 Office closes at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Thursday, December 25 Closed
Friday, December 26 Closed
Monday, December 29 Regular business hours resume at
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Tuesday, December 30 Regular business hours
Wednesday, December 31 Office closes at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Thursday, January 1 Closed
Friday, January 2 Regular business hours resume at
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Basic Plan Improvements for 2015 Approved

The Board of Trustees of the DGA–Producer Pension Plans is pleased to announce the following changes to the Basic Pension Plan:

  • 13th Check for Current Retirees. In January 2015, a one-time 13th check will be issued to all Basic Pension Plan retirees and beneficiaries receiving a monthly benefit as of December 31, 2014.
  • Expanded Benefit When Delaying Your Basic Plan Benefit Past Age 65. Effective January 1, 2015, if you delay taking a Basic Plan benefit past normal retirement age (generally age 65), you will be eligible for an increase to your pension benefit for each month that you delay taking a Basic Plan benefit–even months in which you work eight or more days in your DGA capacity. Prior to 2015, you could not receive an increase for months where you worked eight or more days in your DGA capacity.

To help pay for the expanded benefit, the Board of Trustees adjusted the amount of the delayed Basic Plan benefit increase for future benefits from 12% per year to 9% per year.

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Created as a result of the Directors Guild of America's collective bargaining agreements with producer associations representing the motion picture, television and commercial production industries, the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans provide excellent benefits to participants.

The DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans are separate entities from the DGA and are administered by a Board of Trustees made up of DGA representatives and Producers' representatives.

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