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.
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…)
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…)
One of the primary requirements for being a member of Local 479 is maintaining a status of “Good Standing”. This simply means that you have met all financial obligations to the Local in a timely manner. If you do not meet those obligations you will be considered to be in “Bad Standing” by the Local. Members who remain in bad standing for a period of time will be expelled. Regardless of the amount owed, all outstanding balances are the responsibility of each member. Most members maintain Good Standing throughout (more…)
You’ve probably seen commercials featuring the funny talking Aflac duck, but do you know what the company is actually selling? Aflac is a supplemental insurance provider whose Plans pay benefits to policy holders if they are so unfortunate as to be injured at work or to be diagnosed with cancer.
If you become sick or are injured your daily expenses can mount up quickly. Aflac pays you cash for those costs that may not be covered by your major medical insurance.
And Aflac pays (more…)
It was a typical late June afternoon in Riverchase, a bustling community in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. With temperatures climbing steadily toward the nineties, traces of future storm clouds began to dot the far horizon.
A group of trucks were parked just outside the Rooms To Go store on Chapel Lane and a steady stream of people had been ferrying equipment in and out of the building all morning long, the telltale indication of an active commercial shoot.
A number of the shooting crew from Atlanta had arrived in town the previous night and the Key Grip, Roger Sherer, was animatedly telling his friends about a local restaurant he’d found that featured great food and live music. A musician himself, Roger wanted to get a group together and (more…)
One of our members recently approached the local to share news about an app that he has developed for helping crewmembers post their up-to-the-minute availability for work with others in the industry. The app is named “CopyThat” and is available for both iOS (link) and Android (link) platforms. (more…)
This past Wednesday morning under the gold dome of the Georgia State Capitol, Governor Nathan Deal declared 2017 the “Year of Film in Georgia“, leveraging the state’s rising image in the global filmmaking community to encourage people to choose Georgia as a vacation destination and to explore locations from popular movies and television series.
Representatives from Local 479 joined with Lee Thomas and members of Georgia’s Film Commission, along with representatives from Local 600, Local 798, SAG/AFTRA, the Georgia Production Partnership, the Georgia Film Academy, the Georgia Studio Alliance, Marvel Studios and more to demonstrate the appreciation of Georgia’s film and television industry for the (more…)
Last Saturday Local 479 participated in a technology showcase at Base Camp ATL, a movie and television production facility near the intersection of Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Thornton Road. The event was co-hosted by PRG/Paskal and provided our members with hands-on experience with a variety of new and cutting edge filmmaking technologies.
Registration opened at 7:30am and attendees were provided with breakfast. Around 9am Brian Edwards, President of PRG, welcomed attendees and introduced the representatives from the companies participating in the day’s events, including Local 479’s Business Agent Mike Akins. Following those introductions Brian was joined by Senior PRG Account Executive Dan Hammond for a keynote address centered around (more…)
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. recently released new statistics on the film and television industry’s economic impact in all 50 states (link) – here’s what they had to say about Georgia:
“In Georgia, the film and television industry directly employs 25,700 people and pays more than $1.7 billion in wages. There are over 2,700 motion picture and television industry businesses in Georgia, including 1,822 production-related companies. The production of Selma spent $470,000 on in-state wardrobe purchases, dry cleaning and laundry. The film also purchased $180,000 worth of lumber, hardware, and other supplies. Popular TV shows like The Walking Dead bring tourism to the area when fans flock to see filming sites.”