Member Services

Office & Services

By becoming a member of IATSE you made a decision to work as a professional in the film & television industry, and as a professional you demand benefits to protect your family’s health and to provide for your retirement years. Local 479 recognizes the challenges that our busy members face throughout the year and have provided a dedicated staff and this web resource to ensure that you can find the information you need to help you make the right decisions for you and your family, at any time of the day or night.

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Office Staff

Member Services

Your Member Services Team is here to assist with everything from processing new member and transfer applications, to helping members with reinstatements, to taking payments and answering general questions about your account. These staff members are here to help you navigate our website, obtain copies of documents related to your account and membership, and even help you find the right size jacket. If you have a question that our Member Services team cannot answer, they will help direct you to the right staff member that can assist you better.

Auditing Department

The Auditing Department is responsible for collecting and reviewing all payroll and crew deal information for every union show filmed in the Local 479 jurisdiction. They review all covered craft positions to be certain that employees were paid correctly and received all appropriate additions (such as travel/per diem for distant hires), and confirm that employers properly paid benefit contributions to the National Benefits Fund and that Local 479 has received the correct work dues earnings for all covered craft positions, and bills/credits members as necessary.

Recovery and Mental Health

Do You Need Help?

If you have realized that you need help for issues that you cannot overcome on your own we want you to know that you are not the only person facing these problems, and that help is available! Need Help Information Sheet (PDF, 127kb)

There is Good News!
There Is a Solution!

The contact information provided here can be your first step in addressing the issues that you have had no success in dealing with on your own. The people you will be talking to have “been there and done that.” – You will be in good hands.

If it is determined that you need in-house treatment, the IATSE health care does provide up to a 30 day hospital stay! You must have coverage through Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield for in-house treatment. If you have a different policy, please check with them to see if they will cover in-house treatment for substance abuse.

Please contact me directly if you need guidance as to the best facility for the issue you are dealing with.

I am here to help you! Your privacy is my first concern.

You will be protected.

Billy Deacon,

Director of Local 479 Substance Abuse Recovery Program – (678) 777-6204

If you need immediate help please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Don’t wait, please call right now – the number is short!! Just dial 988 (click here).

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (1-800-273-8255, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you need immediate help please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at:

1 (800) 273-8255

Don’t hesitate – please call right now.

Depression or Anxiety

Mobile Crisis Services: Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities

This crisis line is for people dealing with severe depression or anxiety who need professional help immediately. They will find someone to see you within 24 hours and sometimes the same day.

This 24/7 mobile response provides immediate on-site crisis management through assessment, de-escalation, consultation and referral with post crisis follow up to assure linkage with recommended services. These services may be accessed by calling the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1 (800) 715-4225 and on the web at:

CLICK HERE: Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking.

Central Office (24/7)
(404) 525-3178

Georgia Overdose Prevention

This grassroots organization is comprised of parents, healthcare professionals, harm reduction advocates and friends of those who have lost loved ones to accidental drug overdose.


Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society that employs the classic 12-step model for addressing substance use disorders.

Midtown Atlanta: (404) 795-0355
South Atlanta: (404) 447-4957
East Atlanta: (678) 405-0840
North Atlanta: (678) 405-0825


National Problem Gambling Helpline

Call: 1 (800) 522-4700
Text: 1 (800) 522-4700

Gamblers Anonymous

Georgia Hotline: (404) 237-7281
Marietta/Douglasville: (404) 641-5327

Georgia Council on Problem Gambling

2801 Buford Highway NE Suite 550-B
Atlanta, GA 30329
Tel: (404) 985-6785
Fax: (404) 631-6395
Helpline: 1 (800) 522-4700

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind, offering a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.

website: (Faith-based recovery)

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food including, but not limited to, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorder, bulimics and anorexics.


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and the Wisdom to know the difference