479 NEWS

Georgia’s Film Industry Continues To Demonstrate Rapid Growth

2015 A Year of Growth

In 2004 the membership of Local 479 met in the North Room of historic Manuel’s Tavern to vote on partnering with local production organizations in a bid to challenge the State of Georgia to become a serious competitor in the television and motion picture industry. More than a decade later our State and our Local are reaping the benefits of (more…)

Local Hosts Tailgating Party At Braves Stadium

2015 Braves Night

On a beautiful September evening a large number of Local 479 members met at the Atlanta Braves stadium for a catered in-the-park tailgating session prior to the game. The event was the first large scale gathering the Local has held in quite some time and it was well attended. The seats were (more…)

Kickball Tournament A Fun Time For All

2015 Kickball Tournament in Piedmont Park

After an initial postponement due to a rain out, Local 479’s Young Workers Committee successfully launched this rollicking kickball tourney to benefit The Global Village Project School, raising $18,425 on behalf of the Atlanta-based charity, which helps refugee girls with interrupted schooling to gain access to the education necessary to pursue their dreams.

More than $18,000 raised for The Global Village Project School

12 teams faced off at Piedmont Park, pitting the crews of shows like The Walking Dead, Finding Carter, Game of Silence, and The Originals against several grip departments, a team from (more…)

First Local 479 Young Workers Committee Convenes

Photograph of Local 479's first Young Worker's Committee Board

In this photo (from left to right): Brian Carroll (YWC Secretary – Fixtures), Vincent Kelly (Set Decoration), Liam Dowling (Craft Service), Anthony Gary (Grip), Kevin Cheatham, YWC Chair (Grip), Hilary Smiley, YWC Co-Chair (Costumes), Sara Cobbeldick (Costumes), Glenn Peison (Props), Jenn Hutchins (Office Manager)

Today marked the first official meeting of Local 479’s branch of the IATSE Young Worker’s Committee. The International started this subcommittee in 2012 to provide our young union members with a greater understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and to encourage their active participation in the IATSE. From what we’ve seen so far, Georgia’s local branch of the YWC is off to a flying start and will engage members of ALL ages in many ways, from outreach programs that benefit our local communities to fun member-only activities like the upcoming YWC kickball tournament in August. We look forward to developing a strong group of men and women to lead Local 479 long into the future!

Local 479’s Historic Move to Larger Facility

Aerial photograph showing proximity of old building and new building

The new IATSE Local 479 Atlanta Headquarters has moved to a larger building on the adjacent property.

On June 19th, 2015, IATSE Local 479’s unprecedented decade of growth was highlighted by a transition to a  larger member-owned facility, directly adjacent to the offices the local has occupied for the past two years.

Younger members may be interested to learn that their local’s office has moved many times since it was first chartered on October 1, 1986. The local’s first real office space was located along Piedmont Avenue, just south of Cheshire Bridge Road.

Several years later, no longer able to afford the expense of (more…)