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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29TH...

1. Producers Channel Video of the Week: PBC LA 2015: Producing a Hit with Your Workflow in the Cloud
2. Message from the PGA Executive National Director
3. Now Available for Your Reading Pleasure: Board Minutes!
4. Send Us Your "Best On-Set Photo of All Time" and Have It Printed in Produced By Magazine!
5. An Important Reminder Regarding Safety on Set
6. PGA Anonymous Suggestion Box
7. Changes Have Been Made to the PGA Membership Requirements
8. PGA Policies: Logos & Committees
9. Be a Producers Mark Advocate
10. Now You Can Search Fellow Members on the Job Board
11. Printable Temporary Membership Cards Available
12. Job Email Notifications Available
13. PGA Members Get Great Discounts for Hotels, Software, Tiffany, Apple Products
14. Welcome New PGA Members (UPDATED JULY 29!!!)
15. Industry Discounts




1.

PRODUCERS CHANNEL VIDEO OF THE WEEK - PBC LA 2015: PRODUCING A HIT WITH YOUR WORKFLOW IN THE CLOUD

Over eight different cities across the U.S., the Foo Fighters wrote and recorded an album which became the 8 episode docu-series, Sonic Highways. Learn how the band and the production team used technology to tell the stories of legendary recording studios and capture the artists who record there. With the production constantly on the move, Box enabled film and TV crews to share and review photos, music and video as well as collaborate on crew and location logistics. Learn how next-generation cloud-based workflow can provide tools that open up new possibilities for independent storytellers.

Session Sponsor
Box

Speakers
Josh C. Kline
Head of Media & Entertainment, Box Consulting

John Ramsay
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Sound City; EP/Partner, Therapy Content

Jim Rota
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Sound City; EP/Partner, Therapy Content

Moderator
Jade McQueen
Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, Box





2.

MESSAGE FROM THE PGA EXECUTIVE NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Dear PGA members:

We try to keep our members informed about important changes in the industry, and this month brought a big one: SAG-AFTRA's announcement of its raising the standard rates for hiring its members on low-budget films. The increase took effect on July 1, and it is substantial: 25% across the board. This is going to impact the budgets of many of our members' projects.

Due to outreach initiated by our Independent Film Producers Committee, SAG-AFTRA contacted us a few months ago about raising their members' low-budget rates. Since SAG-AFTRA hadn't increased those rates for over a decade, our Guild was not able to change their members' directive.

However, in response to meetings with our Independent Film Producers Committee, SAG-AFTRA subsequently agreed to raise the budget thresholds qualifying projects for their Modified Low Budget and Ultra Low Budget agreements. Those rates have recently been published, and we are happy to host them on our website. Review the new SAG-AFTRA rates and thresholds.

While this rate increase may not be a welcome development for our membership, it's important to recognize that during our friendly and productive discussions with SAG-AFTRA, our PGA leadership not only successfully lobbied for the increased budget thresholds, but also laid the groundwork for a more methodical approach to raising rates, making future raises more modest, predictable, and broadly communicated.



3.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE: BOARD MINUTES!

One of the biggest take-aways from the member survey we conducted last year was how hungry our membership is for information about the Guild—its initiatives, its leadership priorities, and its plans for the future. In order to give our members more transparent insight into the inner workings of the PGA, we will be posting the minutes on producersguild.org from all subsequent meetings of the Council Boards of Delegates and the National Board of Directors.

The minutes can be found under the "Members" menu tab on the PGA home page, or simply by clicking here. We've only just begun the process, so at present, only the most recent meetings of the Council Boards of Delegates are available for review; the minutes for the next National Board Meeting will be posted shortly after it takes place on July 13. Please note that the minutes themselves are behind the "membership wall;" you will have to be logged in to the site in order to view them.

We can't promise that our meeting minutes will be gripping page-turners; we'll leave that to the scripts you're busy developing. But we hope you'll take advantage of this new feature, and that it will prompt an even deeper sense of connection to and engagement with your Producers Guild.



4.

SUBMIT YOUR BEST ON-SET PHOTO OF ALL TIME AND GET IN PRODUCED BY MAGAZINE!

Do you think you have the best on-set photo of all time? Send it to us! We'll showcase the best of the best in upcoming issues of Produced By magazine.

Get more details: http://www.producersguild.org/?page=best_on_set_photo



5.

A REMINDER REGARDING SAFETY ON SET

On March 24, 2015, following the tragic railroad accident that occurred in Jesup, Georgia in 2014 resulting in the death of one crew member and injury to six others, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety recommendation to the film industry asking that the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and other industry organizations remind producing team members that "(1) railroads are private property requiring the railroad's authorization to enter and (2) that, if authorization is given, everyone on scene must follow the railroad's safety procedures to reduce hazards." See NTSB Safety Recommendation R-15-13 at www.ntsb.gov.

The PGA is concerned about the health and safety of those involved in connection with every production, not just productions involving the use of private property or, specifically, railroad property. The PGA hereby reminds all producing team members that the use of private property for production purposes of any kind requires the advanced authorization of the property owner. If such authorization is obtained, anyone accessing the property and its surrounding areas must follow the safety procedures provided by the property owner in order to reduce potential hazards to those on or near the property. This authorization is particularly important when the property being accessed involves dangerous activity, as is the case when filming at or near locations that include airplanes, trains, vehicles, or moving objects of any kind, or property that is otherwise inherently dangerous. If producing team members intend to film on public property, the PGA asks that all involved be aware of potential risks that may prove hazardous to those on or near the production and asks that all appropriate precautions be taken.



6.

PGA ANONYMOUS SUGGESTION BOX

PGA members, welcome to the anonymous suggestion box.

You must be signed-in in order to use this feature, since we are only collecting feedback from members, but your suggestions are completely anonymous.

Do you have issues or suggestions for the structure of the Producers Guild? Are there things that you would like to see changed? Please submit your feedback and suggestions using the following page.

http://www.producersguild.org/surveys/?id=Anonymous_Suggestions



7.

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.



8.

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.



9.

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.



10.

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



11.

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://www.producersguild.org/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.



12.

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.



13.

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!




14.

WELCOME NEW PGA MEMBERS (UPDATED JULY 29!!!)

View a fully updated for July 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.



15.

INDUSTRY INVITES AND DISCOUNTS


PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE 20% ON TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES FROM IT'S RAINING KATS & DOLLS

It's Raining Kats & Dolls Transcription Services has been serving the entertainment industry for almost 15 years, providing dailies transcription, rough cut/fine cut script conforms, and As Broadcast scripts for some of cable's biggest shows, from Lockup to Wahlburgers and Deion's Family Playbook to Naked & Afraid.

We're offering a 20% discount to PGA members on your first project with us. We provide accurate, verbatim transcripts. Owned by AP Council member Kathleen Johnson, It's Raining Kats & Dolls is staffed with native English speakers that know American slang. Many of our competitors offshore to foreign countries where English may not be the primary language. You can be assured that you'll have high quality transcripts going into the editing bay and industry standard scripts that meet deliverable requirements for most networks coming out of post. Please contact us at 818-505-6567 or rainingkat@gmail.com for a project quote and mention you're a PGA member. You can also check us out at www.rainingkat.com. We've got you covered!


ZIPCAR: PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE 15% OFF DRIVING RATES & $35 OFF THE ANNUAL FEE!

Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing company with cars parked right in your city, is offering membership to all PGA members for just $25/year (normally $60) as well as discounted driving rates (15% off)!

Rates include gas and insurance and with low overnight rates available. The Zipcar fleet has over 20 makes and models from Pick-up Trucks to help you move to MINI Coopers to get you to the beach.

Zipcar is like owning a car without any of the hassles and you can use Zipcars in any other city they are in (San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore DC, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and London) Plus we are located at 200+ Universities.

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.
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