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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14TH...

1.  We're Looking for the BEST ON-SET PHOTO OF ALL TIME
2. 
Submissions Now Open for the Producers Guild Power Of Diversity Master Workshop!
3.  
The PGA Mentorship Program is Back - Submit Your Application Now
4.  PGA Events Committee Presents: A Festival Of Comedy At The Nethercutt
5.  March's Thirsty Thursday at The Nickle Mine
6.  
On the Lot Lunches Go to AFI & UCLA
7.  Member Resource Library Now Available
8.  Want to Get More Involved in the PGA? Here's How! 
9. Featured PGA Sponsor: AFEX
10. Industry Invites and Discounts 


1.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST ON-SET PHOTO OF ALL TIME

Produced By magazine’s back-page photo contest is livelier than ever!  Over the past couple of years, we’ve featured explosive pyrotechnics, exacting historical re-creations, daring stunts, exotic locations and even good old on-set goofing around.  And we want to put YOUR best photos from the sets you’ve worked on in the magazine.  It doesn’t matter if you work in film, TV or digital media, or whether you were the lead producer or the assistant production coordinator—a great photo is a great photo, and we’re in the business of printing great photos.

If you think you have The Best On-Set Photo of All Time, send it on in to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org

Winning photos  should…
Prominently feature or be taken by PGA members.
Not be images of you (or anyone else) just hanging around with famous people.

Winning photos must…
Be available at a resolution of 300dpi.
Be owned either by you, or by a third party who has agreed in writing to freely license the photo for publication in Produced By.  

We can’t wait to see those fantastic pics.  Send them to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org today!


2.

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN! PRODUCERS GUILD POWER OF DIVERSITY MASTER WORKSHOP!

Moving up? Looking to expand your creative producing career?

The POWER of DIVERSITY MASTER WORKSHOP is an eight-week intensive program that trains you as a creative producer to take a project from script through distribution on multiple platforms. The Workshop exists to help nurture creativity and diverse perspectives from people from all walks of life. It gives select participants an opportunity to learn from some of the most successful producers in the business, and network with like-minded participants. 

If you are a highly motivated and creative emerging or mid-career producer with a project that you believe in, this is the place for you. There are no barriers here; we seek underserved voices in media: all genders, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, all religions, all ages, all abilities and veterans.  We accept participants from all around the world, but you must provide your own transportation and lodging.  Our mission is to prepare you to launch a story to the world from your unique perspective.

We accept film, television and documentary features and series, and new media projects, all budgets in all genres.

You do not need to be a PGA member to apply.   

Tell your friends and share our flyer! For more info, visit - pgadiversity.org

Regular Deadline - $65: Mon, Feb 19
Late Deadline - $85:  Mon, Mar 5 at 6pm PST
The Workshop is FREE.
Website: pgadiversity.org


3.

THE PGA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IS BACK - APPLY NOW!

This popular program pairs experienced PGA Mentors with members looking for guidance in their field, or to transition into another field of producing. Mentors meet with their Mentees at least 3 times during the 6 months, with many professional relationships lasting longer than that. Our 28th Cycle will be from May 1 - October 31, 2018. Applications are available on the PGA Mentoring Committee website (http://www.producersguild.org/members/group.aspx?id=150375) and must be submitted by Friday, February 23 at 5pm. Applicants must be available for a short in-person or Skype/Face Time/phone interview on Saturday, March 10 at the PGA office.

For details, please see the Mentoring Committee West website: http://www.producersguild.org/members/group.aspx?id=150375
4.
 
PGA EVENTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS: A FESTIVAL OF COMEDY AT THE NETHERCUTT

You are invited to take part in a very unique experience hosted by the PGA and the World Famous Nethercutt Museum. 

On Saturday, March 3rd, from 8-10pm, Silent Film restorer Joe Renaudo and Theater Organist Brian Israel will host the All Star Comedy Festival. 

Using a completely restored 1909 hand cranked projector, with live musical accompaniment by world renowned Brian Israel from the Czech Republic, Joe Renaudo will treat you to 4 famous and very rare short comedy films from the silent era displayed as they were nearly 100 years ago. 

These films have been completely restored back to the original negative through the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences so the picture quality is amazing!

But the real treat will be the wonderful accompaniment by Brian Israel who will be playing live on the third largest theater organ in the world located on the top floor of The Nethercutt Museum located at:
15151 Bledsoe St, Sylmar, CA.
(Approx. 25 minutes from Hollywood)

Seating is limited so sign up soon. A PGA member may invite as many guests and/or family members desired, but there is a charge of $10 per person and guests must be at least 12 years old to attend

Register now and experience the early years of comedy the same way as our Great Great Grandfathers did, hand cranked and with live music! You’ll never forget it!

Date: SATURDAY, March 3rd

Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Fees: $10 per person and only Ages 12 and up are allowed.  
A PGA member and as many guests as the member would like to bring

Register and Purchase Tickets: http://www.producersguild.org/event/FestivalofComedy18

7:30pm: Doors open/ Guest can enjoy walking through the museum
8:00pm: Screening of the short films begin
9:30pm – 10:00pm: Mingle witht the organist, film historian and fellow attendees
 

5.

PGA'S MARCH THURSDAY MIXER

Come join us for our monthly, roving happy hour.  March's Thirsty Thursday on Thursday,  March 8, 2018, will be at:

Location: 
The Nickel Mine
11363 Santa Monica Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-0239
https://www.thenickelmine.com/

Time: 
7-9pm

Parking: 
80+ Metered Parking Spaces in Back

The Nickel Mine's diverse menu of local west coast whiskeys and list of cocktails curated by Executive Beverage Director James Lamont, are surely impressive and are likely to satisfy the taste buds of any patron. Using only fresh, local ingredients with bold flavors, Lamont’s goal is to provides customers with a memorable experience through his creative technique, presentation and aesthetically ‘over-the-top’ delivery.

Register: http://www.producersguild.org/event/ttmarch2018
You are welcome to bring  guest to this event

Don't drink and drive!   

 6.
 
ON THE LOT LUNCHES GO TO AFI & UCLA

The On The Lot Lunch initiative is planning a lunch on the campus of AFI for AFI alums who are PGA members or potential members. We are also seeking Guild Members who are UCLA Film and TV Alum for an upcoming OTL lunch TBD. If you are an AFI  or UCLA alum, or you know a PGA member who is, please email Karen@karencovell.com or Dan Halperin - carneydog@aol.com // 310.749.6253so so that we can invite you to these special networking lunches!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Additionally, if you are on any studio lot, please let us know so that we make certain that you are invited to our upcoming OTL lunches. Contact: Karen Covell -  karen@karencovell.com or Dan Halperin - carneydog@aol.com // 310.749.6253


7.

MEMBER RESOURCE LIBRARY NOW AVAILABLE

The AP Council is proud to announce the new MEMBER RESOURCE LIBRARY, which offers examples from members of contracts, agreements, releases and general production paperwork for working producers in film, television and new media.  

There will be ongoing additions to the Library. If you have documents that you would like to contribute, we encourage you to upload them directly onto the Library page. However, only locked PDFs may be uploaded to the Library (editable word documents are automatically subject to removal by the PGA). Additionally, please be sure to remove any personal, business and/or financial information so that the document is generic before posting. *Please note: Your review of and postings to the Member Resource Library are subject to the PGA Disclaimer below.

* PGA DISCLAIMER: The posted content, links, and related commentary in the Member Resource Library are not reviewed or endorsed by the Producer’s Guild of America or any of its affiliates (collectively "PGA”), nor is anything posted herein a substitute for professional business or legal advice. Members are posting this content for informational/educational purposes only. The PGA makes no representation or warranty regarding the accurateness, completeness, or legality of the information posted. Reference in the Member Resource Library to any specific commercial products or services, or the use of any business name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or preference by the PGA, or its employees or agents. Accordingly, you agree that the PGA takes no responsibility for, and does not assume any liability for, any user content submitted, any damages that may result, or any user or third party action(s) taken based upon such content.

The PGA requires that members provide confidential or proprietary content only in a password-protected document. If you ignore this warning and convey confidential or proprietary information in a message, comment, or link, the PGA has no duty to keep that information confidential. The PGA does not routinely monitor the content posted in the Member Resource Library, but the PGA and its designees reserve the right to monitor, restrict access to, edit, or remove any content that is available via the page at any time.
Only locked PDFs may be uploaded to the Member Resource Library.  Editable word documents are automatically subject to removal by the PGA.
We hope that this new page is helpful! 

Link to the Library: http://www.producersguild.org/default.asp?page=Contracts_library


8.  

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN THE PGA?  HERE’S HOW!

Exciting news for those wishing to become more involved in the Producers Guild.

The Guild is looking for energetic, motivated volunteers to join two NEWLY Structured committees – Events & Education. Links to sign up below.

Events Committee

Chair: Karen Covell

Oversees all Events for PGAW including the Holiday Party, Oscar Recruitment Party, Thirsty Thursdays, Dodger Day and many more.  Always one of the most active, this new committee is looking for new members and those wanting to serve as subcommittee chairs. A great way to network and meet people, the Events Committee has traditionally been the launching pad for many who have risen in leadership at the Guild. 

Get in on the ground floor! Join the committee by registering: http://www.producersguild.org/group/eventswest 
select "Request Membership” 

Education Committee

Chairs: Rebecca Graham Forde and Megan Mascena Gaspar

This brand new uber committee oversees all the educational programming for the PGAW including Seminars, Master Classes and the Safety Task Force subcommittees. Looking for Guild members to produce programming and those interested in volunteering. Attend hot-ticket events and learn while you volunteer.

Committee forming now! Join by registering:
http://www.producersguild.org/group/educationwest 
select "Request Membership”


9.

FEATURED PGA SPONSOR: AFEX

Still using your bank for FX payments?

AFEX offers you more value when it comes to FX payments than traditional banks. Our dedicated account managers assist you in creating the best FX strategy for your unique project.

With AFEX you can:

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·         Make Spot transactions in more than 150 currencies

·         Manage your FX risk using Forward and Option contracts

·         Get market guidance from our dedicated account managers

Whether it’s hiring a local film or TV crew on location and paying them in their local currency, AFEX can help you navigate through the challenges and difficulties of the foreign exchange market by tailoring a solution to suit the needs of your business.

AFEX is one of the largest non-bank providers of global payments and risk management with a history going back to 1979. We serve more than 35,000 active commercial clients from our 22 offices worldwide and provide retail transaction services from our locations in Beverly Hills and New York.

Special offer for PGA Members

As a trusted partner of PGA we are able to offer you an attractive spread of 0.5% on all Spot and Forward transactions and we will waive our transfer fees. In our retail locations in New York and Beverly Hills you will not pay transaction fees and receive a discounted exchange rate.

To learn more about AFEX’s solutions and the PGA partnership, please contact the dedicated sales manager for the entertainment industry:

Nahal Safarzadeh

+ 1 818 728 3864

nahals@afex.com


10.

INDUSTRY INVITES AND DISCOUNTS

PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO SEE "IRONBOUND" AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

Written by Martyna Majok
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Featuring Josiah Bania (The Good Wife), Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful), Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) & Marcel Spears (The Mayor)

CRITIC'S PICK! "Quietly gripping... with its bone-dry humor and vivid characters." – The New York Times
"Gritty... genuinely moving." – The Hollywood Reporter
"Majok writes with such energy and charisma... characters feel vivid and real." – The Washington Post
“Harsh and wonderful… a knockout.” – The Washington Post 

At once humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years to tell the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism and sheer will. In this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
 
$42 orchestra tickets! Includes fees. Code: IRONPGA. Valid for performances January 30 – March 4, 2018. Offer code expires March 4 or while supplies last. Regular price tickets range from $60 - $90 plus fee. No ticket limit. Purchase online here or call 310.208.5454/



PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE 20% TO ATTEND THE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT WORLD 2018

GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT FREE INITIATIVES FOR ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY FROM THE ACTOR'S FUND

Actor's Fund Career Services:

- Career Center Orientation.  Mondays in Los Angeles and Thursdays in Burbank.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_CareerCenterOrientation_B.pdf

- Career Center Weekly Workshops.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Weekly_Workshops_2017LosA.pdf

- Boomer Boot Camp & Over 50 Crowd.  April 3 - May 22.  
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Boomer_Boot_Camp_-_Spring.pdf

- Social Services: Groups and Workshops
ttp://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Social_Services_Flyer.pdf

- Strategies for Fighting Depression & Anxiety - a free and confidential group.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Strategies_for_Fighting_D.pdf


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Check out some of the companies who are InkTip members: 
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in- depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news. THR won a 2016 Webby Award for best online film and video in the entertainment category and the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016 in addition to a 2015 and 2016 ASME National Magazine Award nomination for Magazine of the Year and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination for its Studio Chiefs Roundtable. Additionally, the brand took home 10 SoCal journalism awards in 2015 and seven in 2016, including Entertainment Journalist of the Year. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter staff won Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Hollywood Reporter and SundanceTV partner to co- produce and broadcast "Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter,” an original non-fiction series featuring panels with potential Emmy and Oscar nominees. In June 2016, The Hollywood Reporter launched a new feature, the THR 100, ranking the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood. THR's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, a huge social media footprint, and glittery year-round events. 


PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE 2 DAY TRIAL PLUS A 20% DISCOUNT ON VARIETY INSIGHT

Variety Insight would like to offer all PGA Members a complimentary, 2-day, no strings attached trial to check out our flagship service Variety Insight for yourself.  

Variety Insight is the leading entertainment industry research & data tool specifically focused on film, television (scripted and unscripted), and digital content. Over 650 companies currently subscribe, including A&E, ABC, CAA, Dreamworks, MTV, Netflix, Skydance, WME, and more!
 
Here are just a few of the benefits of Variety Insight:
•Direct contact information for over 50,000 entertainment executives
•Up to date and accurate development slates for film studios, TV networks, and digital platforms
•Top of the line talent representation including agents, managers, publicists, and attorneys
•Custom email alerts
•Exportable project and talent lists that you can download straight to your computer

To take advantage of this offer simply email Alyssa at aadkisson@variety.com and mention you are a PGA member. You will receive a reply email containing website log-in instructions and a temporary password. Also, all new PGA customers will receive 20% off an annual subscription.


DISCOUNTS WITH HOTELSTORM 

We're excited to launch a new agreement to provide Producers Guild of America members exclusive hotel discounts - up to 60% off other travel sites! With our exclusive travel portal, you can enjoy access to thousands of hotels worldwide,  the convenience of 24/7 concierge assistance before your trip and 10-60% off public rates. Head to our site hotelstorm.com/producers-guild and use passcode "hotels" for the lowest available rates. 

HotelStorm's customer service team is available to deal with any member requests like bookings changes, cancellations or other concerns. The customer service team can be reached at 1-888-519-5002 or emailed at concierge@hotelstorm.com


PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT ON FINAL DRAFT

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Company, was founded in 1991 to develop a script writing program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood’s stringent formatting rules. Since then, Final Draft has become the Hollywood professional’s choice and the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting program.

Final Draft is the software of choice of such industry giants as Aaron Sorkin, Vince Gilligan, J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, to name a few.

Television shows that use Final Draft include Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Transparent. Feature films include Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Iron Man franchise and The Conjuring, to name a few.

Final Draft is the recipient of a Primetime Engineering Emmy® Award.

Discount for PGA Members:

Final Draft 10- $169 (retail $249)

Upgrade- $69 (retail $99)

Call 818-995-8995 to purchase at a discount using your PGA membership card.



PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTS FOR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS TO FILM AND TV PRO USA

Film and TV Pro USA, is fast becoming the nation's #1 online networking and recruitment service for film and TV crew where members can apply for paid work, promote their work, connect with peers, and check out who's been viewing their profile. Members also have access to exclusive competitions and discounts - we recently gave away 10 copies of Final Draft Inc!

Membership to Film and TV Pro USA is completely free, however we would like to offer PGA members 25% off our premium subscription. Sign up for free at www.filmandtvpro.com/us. To claim discount apply either of these discount codes on the Upgrade page: 1431 for 25% off monthly, 1432 for 25% off annual subscription. Any questions can be directed to info@filmandtvpro.com.


MEN'S WEARHOUSE - DISCOUNTS FOR PGA MEMBERS

Dressing the part just got much more affordable. Men’s Wearhouse is pleased to offer Producers Guild members a trio of discount options:

- Men’s Wearhouse: 40% off the regular price of everything but shoes and Everyday Low Price product at any Men’s Wearhouse store location or online at www.menswearhouse.com

- KG Fashion Superstores: 20% off any purchase at any KG store location or online at www.kgstores.com

- Moore’s (Canada): 40% off the regular price of everything but shoes and Everyday Low Price product at any Moore’s store location

Contact Kyle at kyle@producersguild.org for the link to the special discount coupon.


PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT AT TIFFANY & CO

Producers Guild of America has established a business account with Tiffany & Co. This account is available to any Producers Guild of America member, and may be used only for the purchase of business gifts, in accordance with the Producers Guild of America agreement with Tiffany & Co.

As a Producers Guild of America member, when you use this account, a 15% discount is applied to your business gift purchase, charged to your credit card. Any U.S. based Producers Guild of America member is eligible to use the Tiffany & Co. business account.

Before you can make a purchase, your name must be registered on the Producers Guild of America account list as an authorized user (This is how Tiffany & Co. identifies you as a Producers Guild member.).

If you are already registered on the Producers Guild of America account list, and have been provided with a password from Tiffany & Co. Business Credit Services, you may purchase business gifts:

Online at business.tiffany.com/
In any U.S. Tiffany store
By calling (800) 770-0080

Tiffany & Co. business account benefits:
  • Shop on business.tiffany.com, in any U.S. Tiffany store, or by calling (800) 770-0080
  • Access to the site from tiffany.com
  • Search for a gift by theme, type, quantity and price
  • View your transactions and invoices/receipts online
  • Select items to email as recommendations to colleagues
  • Etch, engrave, and emboss as product-specific options
  • Choose from shipping options
  • Receive assistance from Tiffany customer service representatives during your search for a gift or when placing an order by calling (800) 770-0800, 9:00am to 9:00pm Eastern time
Terms of business account use:
  • The Producers Guild of America account may be used to make business gift purchases and receive a 15% discount. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • Gift coins, gift cards sold in stores, non-Tiffany brand watches, pearl jewelry, gold and platinum jewelry with stones and pearl jewelry with gold or platinum may not be charged to any Tiffany business account.
  • The Tiffany business account is specifically designed for companies to use major credit cards to purchase business gifts, and may not be used for personal purchases.
Become an authorized purchaser:

Before purchasing, you must be registered on the Producers Guild of America Tiffany & Co. business account list as an authorized purchaser. Please send an email to businesscredit@tiffany.com to request that your name be added. The e-mail must include:

Subject Line: TFB Link – Producers Guild of America 2536458

(Please do not deviate from the order of information or add additional punctuation. This will delay being added to the account.)

Your full name
Your business title
Your complete business address
Your business telephone number

Once Tiffany & Co. receives this information, businesscredit@tiffany.com will send a reply email containing website log-in instructions and a temporary password.

Once you are notified that you have been added as an authorized purchaser, you may purchase business gifts online at business.tiffany.com/.


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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