Guilds and Unions

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.

SAG-AFTRA

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

Writer's Guild of America

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

Directors Guild of America

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

Producers Guild of America

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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.

IATSE

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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.

Association of Talent Agencies

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Talent and literary agencies and agents.

AMPTP

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

ASCAP

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

International Cinematographers Guild

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

Animation Guild

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Animation and visual effects artists.

Teamsters-Motion Picture Division

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

Motion Picture Editors Guild

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

Location Managers Guild of America

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Location managers and scouts.

American Federation of Musicians

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

Motion Picture Sound Editors

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Honorary society of motion picture sound editors.