479 NEWS

A Brief History of Labor Day in America

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 (Lithographie)

Most Americans don’t know the history behind the end of summer holiday known as Labor Day. In May of 1882 a number of New York labor unions joined together to sponsor a “monster labor festival” featuring a parade, bands, speeches, picnics and fireworks. Twelve years later 23 states had enacted legislation to create their own official (more…)

Covid Act Now Website

We would like to make you aware of CovidActNow.org, a data source used by the bargaining committee to successfully formulate and inform the Return to Work COVID protocols and how they are applied. (more…)

2020 Robert Vazquez Scholarship Winners

Vice President Whit Norris announced the winners of the 2020 Robert Vazquez IATSE 479 Scholarship this week, saying: “I am pleased to report that this year the committee has awarded 8 scholarships.”

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 Robert Vazquez Scholarship Winners: (more…)

Frank Hatcher Retires as General Secretary-Treasurer

In the June 2021 General Membership meeting Brother Frank Hatcher announced his official resignation from Local 479 as General Secretary-Treasurer.

As a former officer in the banking industry, Frank was an advocate for the implementation of financial best practices in our local and help set a vision for our future.

In recognition of Brother Hatcher’s more than 6 years of service to our local President Ray Brown awarded him with a plaque.

In an email to the membership President Brown noted the instrumental role Frank played in managing the growth of this local during his tenure, as membership grew from several hundred to more than 5,500.

“His guidance and leadership will be greatly missed and the Executive Board extends our sincere thanks to both Brother Hatcher and his family.” – Ray Brown

 

2021 Setting Record for Volume of Work

I am pleased to announce that 2021 has already set new records for the volume of work in our jurisdiction. Folks, you may want to postpone your vacation plans for a later date because it’s going to be a VERY busy summer.

 

We have built it, and they have come

Over the last 13 years, we have built a reputation as being one of the top production locations in the world. The membership of Local 479 has been instrumental in creating this reputation. Companies know that they can hire quality crew here to produce their product. We have proven time and again that we are ready, willing, and able to meet and exceed their expectations, and that is why more opportunities continue to come our way.

Whether it is due to, or possibly despite the pandemic, our society today relies more heavily than ever on the products WE make, and that has fueled the exponential growth of the motion picture industry and increased the methods of distribution of our content, all of which serves to create more jobs and more opportunities for all of us. As long as we continue to uphold our reputation of being a premiere production location with an outstanding crew base, we should have every expectation of a prosperous future.

Look at the stats:

 

Snapshot of Production in Atlanta (as of TODAY, May 22, 2021)

  • 47 active projects under contract 
  • 43 productions have already wrapped and it’s only May
    • 30 of those started and wrapped in 2021 
  • 38% of our work product is Streaming Video on Demand
  • Current production volume, by product:
    • Episodics: 15
    • Features: 14
    • Streaming Video on Demand: 18

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72nd Emmy Nominee Flip Borrero

72nd Emmy Nomination for Flip Borrero

In late July the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its list of nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards. In a repeat of last year, Local 479 Production Sound Mixer Felipe “Flip” Borrero was honored with a nomination for the category Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for his work on the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Ozark, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.

This is Flip’s third Emmy nomination and his 5th award nomination altogether.

 

Flip on the Emmys

While the cancellation of the live event may pose a disappointment to many first time nominees, this isn’t Flip’s first Emmy nomination and it wouldn’t be his first win.

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72nd Emmy Nominee Michael Rayle

72nd Emmy Nomination for Michael Rayle

In late July the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its list of nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards. Local 479 Sound Mixer Mike Rayle was among those honored with a nomination for the category Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) for his work on Season 3 of the Netflix hit “Stranger Things”.

This is Mike’s first Emmy nomination and his second award nomination for his work on Stranger Things, for which he was previously nominated for a Cinema Audio Society Award, earlier this year.

Mike entered the business in the late 1990s after moving from New York back to his home state of North Carolina. The sound department was a good fit for his background in music and his on-set experience as an animal handler. He spent his first several years in the business as a sound utility, learning the craft from experienced mixers and is grateful for the opportunity to have studied under their tutelage.

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72nd Emmy Nominee Douglas Axtell

72nd Emmy Nomination for Douglas Axtell

In late July the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its list of nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards. Local 479 Sound Mixer Douglas Axtell was among those honored with a nomination for the category Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series or Movie for his work on the HBO series “Watchmen”.

This is Douglas’ third Emmy nomination and his eighth award nomination altogether. Provided below are excerpts from a conversation with Douglas.

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Get Ready to Vote!

Are You Registered Yet? Do It Now!

Are you registered to vote? If not, it’s time to GET READY TO VOTE! To begin, just follow this link to check to see if you are registered to vote and to get registered to vote! Note that you must be registered on or before the established deadlines to vote in upcoming elections.

Where to Vote

There’s only one place you can vote in person, so it’s vital that you know the location of that polling place prior to Election Day. Simply go to the Georgia My Voter page, and under MVP login enter your first initial, your last name, your county of residence, and your birthdate.

If your information is correct you will be provided with a page of information, including the address of your polling place, sample ballots, a link for requesting an absentee ballot, and a list of your elected officials, specific to the location of your residence.

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Suicide Prevention and Emotional Wellness Workshop

Suicide Prevention Workship

Until our industry returns to work we need to be aware of the importance of caring for our emotional wellness.

This Friday, July 24th, representatives of the Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative will conduct a webinar designed to provide an overview of the tools and resources that have been developed specifically for members of the entertainment industry.

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Members Build Emergency Covid-19 Hospitals

A group of members from IATSE Local 479 were part of a team hired to build two emergency hospitals to help Georgians in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many people living in Georgia’s rural counties lack access to comprehensive medical services, relying instead on regional hubs to fill that need. An early outbreak of Covid-19 in Albany propelled that region’s death rate to the same levels as Italy and New York City, demonstrating Georgia’s need for additional facilities for rural outbreaks.

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