479 NEWS

Andi Sowers Nominated for Visual Effects Award

Special Effects technician Andi Sowers has been nominated with the VFX team from season 3 of the hit thriller Stranger Things, from Netflix.

IATSE Local 479 is pleased to announce that local member Andi Sowers, has been nominated as part of the VFX team for the 18th annual VES Awards For Outstanding Visual Effects for Photoreal Episode for her work on the 3rd season of the Atlanta-lensed television series Stranger Things.

The 18th Annual VES Awards will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton – if you’d like to watch, the ceremonies will be livestreamed on Facebook (click for link).

Are you a 479 member who has been nominated for an industry award? Please contact 479media@iatse479.org with the details so we can share your news with our membership!

Business Agent’s End of Year Report 2019

From the Desk of Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 479,

Another busy year for Georgia’s film industry has come to a close.

Production Remains Active

The past twelve months have seen more than 50 features, 57 episodic productions, and 10 pilots shot in our jurisdiction, providing more than 15,000 jobs to our members.  Local 479 members were hired to work on every union-made production in town, from the ultra-low budget Blast Beat and Alieu the Dreamer to high profile features like Bad Boys for Life, Jumanji 2, and Richard Jewell.  This year our members earned more than $300,000,000 in wages.

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Michael Rayle Nominated for CAS Award

Production Sound Mixer Michael Rayle has been nominated for his work on Season 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix.

IATSE Local 479 is pleased to announce that one of our members, Michael Rayle, has been nominated for the 56th CAS Awards For Outstanding Achievement In Sound Mixing For 2019 for his work on the 3rd season of the Atlanta-lensed television series Stranger Things.

The 56th Annual CAS Awards will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom.

Update:

Are you a 479 member who has been nominated for an industry award? Please contact 479media@iatse479.org with the details so we can share your news with our membership!

2019 Golf Tournament Raises $26,000 for Charity

The 2019 Golf Tournament raised more than $26,000 and everyone had a great time!

This past Saturday 27 teams from across Atlanta’s production community faced off over 18 holes on a breezy May 4th afternoon at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City for our 9th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by IATSE Locals 479 and 600, and organized by Local 479’s Women’s Committee.

“We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament raised more than $26,000 for BeLoved Atlanta (belovedatlanta.org), a charity benefiting women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction – thanks to all who sponsored and participated in this great event!”

Myra Foy, Chairwoman IATSE Local 479 Women’s Committee
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The Growing Importance of Safety Training

Training requirements for new applicants are important for all members

Standardized safety training is now available and encouraged to IATSE members working under the Area Standards Agreement

In February of 2019, two safety training classes, provided online through the IATSE Training Trust, were added as mandatory requirements of the application process for new members of Local 479.  These classes have only recently been made available to IATSE members working under the Area Standards Agreement (ASA).  Now that our members have the ability to take them, we decided that the best way to ensure that newest members got off on the right foot and had a basic understanding of set safety was to require their completion.

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Regarding the Heartbeat Bill HB481

From the Desk of Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 479,

Many of you have contacted the office over the last couple of weeks regarding HB 481, i.e. the “Heartbeat Bill”, which was passed by both the House and Senate, and is expected to be signed by Governor Kemp within the next few weeks. While we prefer to discuss these matters with our members on an individual basis, so as not to invite confusion or misunderstanding, we recognize that it is important for the membership as a whole to hear from the Local about the efforts being made on your behalf.

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First Man Oscar Nom for Sound Mixer Mary Ellis

Sound Mixer Mary Ellis Receives Oscar Nomination for First Man

Local 479 is pleased to announce that Sound Mixer Mary H. Ellis has been nominated for an Academy Award as a member of the Sound Department on the feature film “First Man“.  This is Mary’s second Oscar nomination in two years. She was previously nominated as part of the sound team on (more…)

Business Agent’s End of Year Report 2018

From the Desk of Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479

 

Wow what a rollercoaster year!

2018 held both challenges and great celebrations for our industry. Our state’s political campaigns were in the spotlight for most of the year, and while this caused some to feel uncertain about the future of the entertainment industry in Georgia, Local 479 continued to watch work flood to our state, keeping our membership busy.

We feel confident and excited about 2019’s opportunities.

 

125 Years of IATSE

This year saw milestones achieved for the IATSE, and Local 479 was there to celebrate with them. IATSE celebrated its 125th Anniversary this past July. Looking back at the past 125 years was a humbling experience, and it’s inspiring to know that though our union was established in the brutally difficult economic climate of 1893, it succeeded in its purpose to protect the working class even then. We have come so far, and Local 479 is proud to be part of such a strong union.

IATSE on YouTube: As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, we reflect on the history of the IATSE. Since our founding in 1893, the strength and solidarity of our members has bettered the lives of workers throughout the entertainment industry.

 

2018-2021 Area Standards Agreement

Our biggest contract also underwent re-negotiations in 2018, and we are pleased to have achieved gains in both conditions and wages. Our biggest gain was in relation to the new media aspect of the contract, which refers to streaming content and has recently become one of the most popular distribution platforms. We now have (more…)

Local 479 Members Compete for 2018 Emmys

Local 479 Emmy Nominees

In July The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 2018 Emmy Awards, to recognize excellence in the television industry. Four members of IATSE Local 479 were among those listed for consideration in this year’s Creative Arts Awards categories. Please join us in recognizing the achievement of these members for the honor of their nominations, and in wishing them good luck in the upcoming awards ceremony this Saturday night in (more…)

Made in Georgia with Georgia Crews

Last year film crews from the State of Georgia helped produce more than 160 feature films, episodic television and video-on-demand projects. Georgia provided locations and trained crews for each of those projects, from the critically-acclaimed FX Network’s series ‘Atlanta’ (16 nominations for 2018) to the award-winning Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ (12 Emmy nominations for 2018) to the record-grossing feature ‘Black Panther’ ($699,903,880 domestic, as of July 17, 2018).

Georgia is a great place to produce world class projects of every size. (more…)