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2016 Employment Rights Of The Producing Team

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 14, 2016

Eleven years ago the Producers Guild of America published a popular pamphlet titled "Your Rights as an Employee".  It was a clear and concise resource that addressed legal questions facing many producers, on subjects like overtime, discrimination and employee classifications.  The 20 Q&A's were a direct response to member concerns and inquiries as to their professional status and working conditions.

This year, we have refreshed the pamphlet, updated to reflect current federal laws, as well as state laws in California and New York.  Consolidated in one easy-to-reference guide, the 2016 "Employment Rights Of The Producing Team" is now available to all PGA members and non-members alike.  Producing can be the toughest job in showbiz and the Producers Guild is here to help you along the way.


In a letter to the membership National Executive Director, Vance Van Petten, expressed the following:

Producing is a unique job. Of all of the major creative positions in Hollywood, producers have the longest job descriptions and the fewest protections. Sometimes producers function as employees, and sometimes we work as employers. No matter which role you’re filling on a given project, a working knowledge of the basics of employment law is essential. It’s not hard to get taken advantage of in this business, nor is it rare to find yourself suddenly liable for issues that you didn’t know were your responsibility. Don’t let either fate befall you. Know your rights as an employee. Know your obligations as an employer. Armed with that knowledge, you’ll be in a position to tell the stories you want to tell and safeguard the career you’ve worked so hard to build.


- View the 2016 EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCING TEAM pamphlet here

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