Guilds, Unions & Associations

The Hollywood entertainment industry is like many other industries, but in many ways the labor issues are unique to the various types of workers in this business: actors, directors, writers, crew members, musicians, and more. Each group of workers has formed labor unions, guilds, and associations to address the issues their members face on a daily basis in the workplace. As a result, it is important to understand how all of these groups work together (or in some situations, don’t work together) in the pursuit of making creative content. Each group has its own membership requirements for how to join the group, as well as its own benefits for its members. Check out the following organizations’ websites to get a good grasp on all of those rules and benefits.

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

SAG-AFTRA


Actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers & voiceover artists.


Producers Guild of America

Producers Guild of America


Producers in film, television & new media, including associate producers, production managers, production supervisors, segment & field producers, production coordinators, visual effects producers and post-production staff.


Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

AMPTP


The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers represents studios and production companies in collective bargaining agreements.


Animation Guild Local 839

Animation Guild


Animation and visual effects artists.


Location Managers Guild of America

Location Managers Guild of America


Location managers and scouts.


Writers Guild of America

Writers Guild of America


Television, film, radio, and new media writers, and representing both East and West unions.


International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts

IATSE


International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists & Allied Crafts represents below-the-line production workers, including art directors, costume designers, make-up artists & hairstylists, studio lighting technicians, set painters & script supervisors.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

ASCAP


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers represents composers, lyricists, songwriters & music publishers.


Teamsters Motion Picture & Theatrical Trade Division

Teamsters-Motion Picture Division


Workers in the motion picture industry, including animal handlers & trainers, casting, drivers, couriers & dispatchers.


American Federation of Musicians - 47

American Federation of Musicians


Professional musicians.


Directors Guild of America

Directors Guild of America


Directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, stage managers, associate directors, production associates, and location managers.


Association of Talent Agents

Association of Talent Agents


Talent and literary agencies and agents.


International Cinematographers Guild

International Cinematographers Guild


IATSE Local 600, representing camera professionals, technicians, and artisans.


Motion Picture Editors Guild

Motion Picture Editors Guild


Freelance and staff motion picture film and television editors and other post-production professionals and story analysts.


Motion Picture Sound Editors

Motion Picture Sound Editors


Honorary society of motion picture sound editors.

Additional Associations & Organizations

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