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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17TH...

1. Changes Have Been Made to the PGA Membership Requirements
2. Important Information on California Film & Television Tax Incentive
3. Upcoming PGA Awards Deadlines
4. Video Channel Clip of the Week: A Conversation with Norman Lear
5. We Can't Stay Neutral on Net Neutrality
6. Member Exclusive Video: PGA AP Council Master Class on Comps
7. PGA Policies: Logos & Committees
8. Be a Producers Mark Advocate
9. Now You Can Search Fellow Members on the Job Board
10. Printable Temporary Membership Cards Now Available
11. Job Email Notifications Now Available
12. PGA Members Get Great Discounts for Hotels, Software, Tiffany, Apple Products
13. Welcome New PGA Members (Updated October 1)
14. Industry Discounts




1.

CHANGES TO THE PGA MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

After extensive review of the PGA membership requirements, the Membership Committee, Constitutional Committee, and National Board of Directors, have implemented changes which impact all three councils. The list below is a summary of those changes and new criteria. If you plan on serving as a PGA sponsor in order to recommend a co-worker or colleague for membership we strongly encourage you to read through the new requirements.

Time: Qualifying work is limited to projects broadcast/distributed within the last 5 years for television and new media; 7 years for feature films.
Feature Films: Clarified/added to qualifying digital platforms and film festivals; festival qualifications now apply to all recognized credits, not just Producers Council.
Short Films: The Guild now recognizes short films with qualifying releases for membership; review requirements page for specifics.
Long Form/Episodic Television: Clarification on streaming subscriber services (Netflix, Hulu, etc) as a broadcast equivalent.
Non-Episodic Television: Change language from 26 air weeks to 100 aired episodes.
New Media: Significant changes made to criteria for broadband producers; review requirements page for specifics.
Branded Content: While the Guild still doesn’t accept commercial credits, we will now consider branded content credits provided that they involve storytelling or have a strong narrative through-line and are not long-form ads.
Minimum Payment Option: The MPO is no longer an option available for new applicants; 100% of applicable fees are now due at the time of application.



2.

CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION IMPLEMENTATION OF AB 1839

From the California Film Commission:
California Film and Television Tax Incentive

Expanded and Extended 20-25% Credit

The California Film & Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, signed by Governor Brown in September, 2014 expands and improves California’s film and TV incentives. The California Film Commission is currently developing regulations and other procedures to administer the newly expanded film and TV tax credit program.

Key Changes from Prior Program
  • Increases tax credit program funding to $330 million per fiscal year; extended for 5 years
  • Expands eligibility to big-budget feature films, 1-hr TV series (for any distribution outlet) and TV pilots
  • Eliminates budget caps for studio and independent films
  • Replaces current lottery with a ranking system based on jobs and other criteria
  • Provides for multiple allocation periods throughout the year
Additional 5% Credit Uplift (Maximum Credit = 25%)
  • Filming outside the Los Angeles zone + 5%
  • Music scoring/music tracking recording expenditures + 5%
  • Visual effects expenditures + 5%
Eligible Productions
  • Feature Films: $1 million minimum budget; while there is no maximum budget cap, credit allocation applies only to the first $100 million in qualified expenditures
  • Movies-of-the-Week and Miniseries: $500,000 minimum budget
  • New Television Series for any distribution outlet: $1 million minimum budget per episode (at least 40 minutes per episode, scripted only)
  • TV Pilots: $1 million minimum budget
  • Television Series, without regard to episode length, that filmed their prior season outside California; $1 million minimum budget
  • Independent Films: $1 million minimum budget; while there is no budget cap, credits apply only to the first $10 million of qualified expenditures (only independent projects may sell their tax credits)
New Selection Criteria

Productions will be ranked from highest to lowest based upon a jobs ratio and other criteria against "like" projects (TV ranked against TV, indie projects against indie, etc.). The CA Film Commission will award tax credits to those productions in each category with the highest ranking. The new program provides four separate funding "pots" for these categories: TV series and TV pilots / independent projects / non-indie feature films / and relocating TV series.

Key Dates

FINAL LOTTERY – Original tax credit program eligibility – APRIL 2015
  • Productions may not begin principal photography before July 1, 2015
New Program: FIRST APPLICATION PERIOD - MAY 2015 (TV ONLY) / SUMMER 2015 (FEATURE FILMS)
  • Projects selected by new ranking system
  • Productions may not begin principal photography before July 1, 2015
www.film.ca.gov
www.facebook.com/californiafilmcommission



3.

UPCOMING PGA AWARDS DEADLINES

Greetings PGA Members:

This has been a banner year for the submission of television and digital programs to the 2015 Producers Guild Awards. The PGA has received nearly 450 submissions in our television and digital series categories combined: a new record for our Guild! Thank you to everyone who assisted us in this endeavor.

The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, is quickly approaching. We therefore want to remind our members of the upcoming PGA Awards voting deadlines. The deadlines include the following:

Theatrical and Animated Motion Pictures and Long-Form Programming

NOMINATION POLLS OPEN: NOW OPEN (Opened December 1, 2014)

NOMINATION POLLS CLOSE: January 2, 2015

The announcement for the nominees in theatrical and animated motion pictures and long-form programming will occur on January 5, 2015.

The final voting polls to select the winner of each awards category will open on January 5, 2015 and close on January 23, 2015 at 12:00pm (PST). All of the Producers Guild Awards voting occurs via online ballot. If you have any questions regarding your online nomination ballot, please direct them to awardsadmin@producersguild.org.



4.

PRODUCERS GUILD VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Dive into the full session with producer Norman Lear, as he discusses All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and more at the Produced By Conference 2014.





5.

WE CAN'T STAY NEUTRAL ON NET NEUTRALITY!

Lately, you may have heard the term "Net Neutrality" tossed around the media-sphere. Hopefully, it's a phrase that has some meaning for you—and if not, it's time to educate yourself. In short, it refers to a proposed FCC policy change that would allow the internet to become a two-tiered system, with a higher-speed connection for data providers that want it... and can afford it. You don't have to be a media pundit to see where this might lead: Increased access for content affiliated with major corporations like Comcast and AT&T, and comparatively lesser access for content from independent sources without the funds to buy into the "fast lane."

Our Guild is an organization of independent content producers. We believe that independent sources should have access to the same resources and capabilities as major corporations. That's the way things have stood since the rise of the internet, and it's one of the major reasons that the web has become such a diverse and egalitarian space for storytellers. This is a change that doesn't need to happen, and shouldn't happen.

You don't have to take my word on it. The very sharp and very funny John Oliver dedicated a recent segment of his show Last Week Tonight to the topic. You can check it out here.

The FCC's official comment period has ended, but their comment docket can still receive input via sites like FreePress. Don't stop there. Reach out directly to the Commissioners via their site. Raise the subject on message boards and through letters to the editor of your local papers. Our Guild has a stake in this decision, and we can't remain on the sidelines any longer.



6.

PGA MEMBER EXCLUSIVE VIDEO! AP COUNCIL WEST MASTER CLASS: COMPS (SEPTEMBER 6, 2014)

How do you get someone to invest in your film? Successful investors like to look at the numbers. So how do you get credible numbers for your original production? The answer is "Comps," which are financial data for comparable films (e.g. domestic and international revenue from not just theatrical runs but also digital downloads, pay TV, etc.). Armed with this crucial information a producer can make better decisions regarding ROI projections, budget, casting, marketing, and overall viability.

http://videos.producersguild.org/?p=1279



7.

PGA POLICIES: LOGOS & COMMITTEES

We ask our members to please take note of the Producers Guild’s official policy regarding its logo. Please correct any improper personal usage of the PGA logo; if you see the logo being used improperly elsewhere, please refer the relevant individual to this page and (if necessary) PGA staff. We recognize that the vast majority of improper usage arises from an innocent desire to promote the user’s membership in the Guild. Obviously, we wish our members to be proud of their PGA membership and to advertise themselves as members. But the unregulated use of the PGA logo—especially in the digital age—carries risks. As such, in our efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of the PGA brand, the Guild expects its members to adhere to the following policy:

• Although we strongly encourage and approve members’ indicating their PGA membership within the body of their resumes, the PGA logo may not be used or inscribed on member resumes.

• The PGA logo may not be included on members’ business cards, except insofar as such cards are provided to the member by the PGA office for Guild-specific business purposes.

• Members may not append the PGA logo to personal correspondence, particularly email correspondence. The Guild recognizes one exception to this policy: Officers serving on the National Board of Directors (PGA President, Council and Regional Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary of Record) are permitted to utilize the PGA logo on correspondence.

• The use of the PGA logo on Guild-related promotional materials is permitted, but only when so authorized by a director-level member of the PGA staff. Director of Member Benefits Kyle Katz should be the primary point of approval for such usage.

This message and policy is also posted on the Producers Guild website under Member Resources.

Furthermore, a brief message regarding Producers Guild Committees: The designation of "Committee” is applied and approved only by the Guild’s National Board of Directors. A group of members (either formal or informal) that has not received this official Board approval may not call itself a PGA Committee. For an official list of all Board-approved Committees, please refer to this page. If you are a member or Chair of a "Committee” not on this list, please consult with Supervisor of Communications Chris Green to help determine a proper designation or title for your group.



8.

BE A PRODUCERS MARK ADVOCATE

PGA Members, help advocate the Producers Mark! Use the Twitter hashtags #producersmark and #pga and follow us @ProducersGuild.

Learn more about the Producers Mark at ProducersMark.com and this blog post.



9.

NOW YOU CAN SEARCH FELLOW MEMBERS ON THE JOB BOARD!

After logging in, you can now click the "Find Members" navigation button to browse, search, and even message fellow members.

You can even filter by things like Job Expertise and Location Experience; by the same criteria that you can indicate on your own Employer Search Preferences page.

Stay tuned as we stay committed to improving the Job Board.

Jobs.ProducersGuild.org



10.

PRINTABLE TEMPORARY MEMBERSHIP CARDS AVAILABLE!

If your membership card is expired, lost, or missing and your new card/renewal sticker has yet to arrive, you can now print out a temporary card.

To print your card, sign in to your online account on the PGA site. Then go to this link - https://producersguild.site-ym.com/members/MembershipCard.aspx - and click the Print button.

The temporary card includes your name, ID number, 'valid through' date, and profile headshot (if you've uploaded one).

This printable membership card is only intended for short-term use as needed until your replacement card/renewal sticker arrives as part of the next monthly mailing.



11.

JOB EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE!

The Producers Guild has heard your requests and is happy to announce the inclusion of Job-Seeker Email Notifications for the new Job Board.

Under the "Your Info & Availability" section there is a new page titled "Notification Preferences" where you can select the appropriate Job Categories and Job Titles.

For any new job board listing that contains any Job Category OR Job Title you select, you will be sent an email notification of the posting. Email notifications will be sent out Monday through Friday at 5:00pm PT.

To report any difficulties or bugs, please email jobs@producersguild.org.



12.

PGA MEMBERS GET GREAT DISCOUNTS!

Did you know that PGA members are offered discounts at a variety of businesses including hotels across the United States, a host of stores including Tiffany & Co. and much more?

To find out more see the entire listing below under "Industry Invites and Discounts" or log in to the PGA website. Under "Member Central" in the top navigation, click on "Benefits". At the top of the Benefits page, select "Discounts & Special Offers” from the "More in this Section” drop-down menu.

Or just click here!




13.


WELCOME NEW PGA MEMBERS (UPDATED OCTOBER 1!)

View a fully updated for October list of the Guild's newest members. If you recognize any of these names, we urge you to do the right thing: Welcome them to the PGA.



14.

INDUSTRY INVITES AND DISCOUNTS


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Already a Zipcar member? Want to take advantage of the discount?

No worries, we can switch your account over. To do this please contact members service at 866-494-7227 and asked to be added to the Producers Guild account.

Not a member? Add yourself to the account here: www.zipcar.com/pg.