479 NEWS

Governor Predicts More Growth for Georgia’s Film Industry

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

Please take a moment to read the following passage from Governor Deal’s final State of the State address “Orchards of Opportunity”, delivered to the Georgia General Assembly yesterday morning. Our members should be aware that we have supported the Governor and his efforts throughout his administration and are looking forward to a very prosperous 2018 thanks to the staunch support of Governor Deal and our state legislators. As the Governor stated, we expect to break new records this year, and that’s just good for Georgia.

Thank you,

Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479


2018 State of the State Address

[the following is an excerpt from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address, “Orchards of Opportunity”, delivered on January 11, 2018]

“As we consider the achievements of their respective dedicated teams, we should also take note of a tree we “re-planted” – you might say – which has taken deep root in recent years and borne greater and greater harvests with each passing year. I am referring to the film production industry.

Just ten years ago, this industry generated $241 million in economic impact for the state. This past fiscal year alone, it generated $9.5 billion in economic impact. That’s quite impressive growth for this (more…)

Reviewing 2017 and Looking Ahead to 2018

From the Desk of Michael Akins, Business Agent

I am happy to report that 2017 has been a banner year in the Local 479 jurisdiction! The number of projects produced in both Georgia and Alabama has increased 15% from 2016 to 2017, and all of the stars seem aligned for an equal or greater increase as we move into 2018.

Atlanta, in particular, is home to over 60 purpose-built stages spread throughout the metro area among 8 studio lots, with another studio still under construction boasting an additional 9 stages. This growth is expected to bring new production to our jurisdiction, providing even more work opportunities as production companies increase their desire to hire locally.

I am proud to report that at any given time throughout 2017, an average of 80-90% of our Local 479 members were found to be working. This number is based on a couple of factors: our Availability List was continually being requested by productions and seemed inefficient in providing the amount of labor requested, and I received more requests than ever before from people living outside the jurisdiction asking permission to work in town, as productions needed the extra (more…)

Thank You President Loeb

Thank You President Loeb!

Your leadership has inspired the members of Local 479 to achieve excellence over the past decade and since the last convention we have been actively implementing the 4 Pillars of Success. (more…)

Honoring Your Non-Disclosure Agreements

It’s important to remind our members that sharing photos and videos from set can be a career-ending decision.

While it has never been easier to share photos and videos with your friends and family, it’s important to remember that there are legal boundaries involved for those who work in the motion picture industry.  When you sign start paperwork for a film or television production you will almost always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which is a legal agreement between you and the (more…)

Production Assistants Listed in Covered Crafts

Dear Department Heads:

This is a reminder that the IA does not recognize PA’s in covered-craft departments. The recognized tasks of a PA include making copies, handling lunch orders, making coffee, answering phones, etc. All of these tasks fall under the production department’s responsibilities. When a PA is listed under a covered-craft department, the union presumes them to be (more…)

The Local 479 Field Representative Team

Local 479 currently employs three Field Representatives who you may already know, or will meet at some point during your career in the film and television industry.  Theresa Khouri, Billy Deacon, and A.B. Cooper work together and with Business Agent Mike Akins as a team to provide our membership with a wide and flexible net of representation.

Longtime members likely know one or more of the field rep staff, but newer members and transfers may not and for that reason we have produced this article to provide a history of Local 479’s Field Rep staff, the general responsibilities of the Field Reps, the reporting structure for representation, and the role of Field Reps in the (more…)

Calculating Meal Penalties

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While members are strongly encouraged to read and understand the various contracts under which we operate it can still be confusing to understand when you are and are not eligible to receive meal penalties, and what to do when a production calls for “grace”. To help make things easier for our members we have created a flowchart that (more…)

Determining Travel / Mileage Eligibility

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While members are strongly encouraged to read and understand the various contracts under which we operate it can still be confusing to understand when you are and are not eligible to receive compensation for travel to location. To help make things easier for our members we have created a flowchart that (more…)

Determining Your Hiring Status

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While members are strongly encouraged to read and understand the various contracts under which we operate it can still be confusing to understand the conditions of your hire status based on a variety of factors, including the location of the Production Center, the location of the production office, and the residence of the member. To help make things easier for our members we have created a flowchart that (more…)

Reviewing 2016 and Looking Ahead to 2017

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2016 was a milestone year for Local 479, with another increase in the number of in-state productions from the previous year. We grew larger, both in membership and geographically, with the IA awarding Local 479 jurisdiction over the majority of the state of Alabama. By March, qualifying members were benefiting from the Vacation Fund checks, one of three programs designed to give back to our members.

On October 1st our local turned 30, and we observed that anniversary at a special end-of-year celebration on December 10th. The turnout was terrific, and the (more…)