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Posted By Administration, Monday, August 31, 2020
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Guidelines coverThe Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Production Safety Task Force has published a comprehensive safety guide for producers as they go back to work titled COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions.”

In addition to the guidelines, the PGA is in the process of creating a “Tips from the Field” online resource where producers and department heads can post tips and insights from productions they’re working on. This will create a living hub of information, all accessible to the general public, that is designed to provide further resources and support as the pandemic continues.

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Message From the Presidents: One Guild, PGAʼs new structure for diversity, equity and inclusion

Posted By Brian Liscek, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Dear PGA Members:

We are writing to share the results of some of the impressive and hard work that has been undertaken over the past several months to both clarify and give further shape to PGA’s very important diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

The PGA’s mission is to represent, protect and promote the interests of all members of the producing team.

The One Guild initiative was established in 2018 to address the specific needs of under-represented and under-served groups by strategically focusing on the Guild’s internal efforts and external collaborations to increase and foster membership, guild leadership, employment and to encourage authentic depictions.

We are pleased to be able to update you and share some of the exciting initial developments:


- Spearheading the One Guild effort are its Committee Chairs Tonya Lewis Lee and president emeritus Lori McCreary.


- One Guild is now an open national committee welcoming every member to participate. We all have a part to play in realizing a more just and equitable industry. We invite you to join the One Guild Committee:


- Many of One Guild’s initial programs, which included a series of the very popular bi-coastal “Producers on Producing” events, a quickly growing College Ambassador Program, the very successful Women’s Impact Network (WIN) with its bi-coastal regional committees, and the influential Power of Diversity Master Workshop, will remain as mainstays of our initiative, but will now exist under a reorganized One Guild structure that will better accommodate more initiatives and voices leading efforts.


- Envisioned under the new One Guild committee structure are a series of self-organizing Working Groups. Any member or group of members can request formation of a Working Group. Working Groups could be affinity-based or subject based. For guidelines to propose the formation of a Working Group:


- How does this impact WIN and the Diversity Committees? WIN will now be a Working Group led jointly by Jane Evans, Linda Evans, Julie Goldstein and Denise Hendricks. As an affinity-based group, the shift to becoming a Working Group won't impact current WIN programming or membership in WIN.


- The Diversity Committees based out of Los Angeles and New York have been merged into the new One Guild Committee and we anticipate the formation of several new Working Groups organized around specific issues or concerns by under-represented and under-served constituencies. All Current Diversity Committee members will automatically be members of the One Guild Committee. We would like to thank former Diversity Committee Chairs Dan Halperin, Diane Houslin, Lisa Kors and Matthew Principe for their excellent and dedicated work over the past years and for their assistance in making this transition a smooth one.


- And finally, advising Tonya and Lori will be One Guild’s Steering Group whose members include PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, along with: Alicia Agramonte; Stephanie Allain Bray; Julie Anderson; Candi Carter; Yolanda Cochran; Jesse Collins; Melanie Cunningham; Anissa Douglass; Mike Farah; Donna Gigliotti; David Hinojosa; Charles Howard; Reggie Hudlin; Iris Ichista; Courtney Kemp; James Lopez; Nate Moore; Mauricio Mota; Tia Smith; Shelby Stone; Julius Tennon; Mimi Valdés; Pam Veasey; Samantha Vincent; Lorin Williams; Janet Yang; and Teddy Zee.


One Guild’s first Open Committee Meeting
Hosted by Committee Chairs Tonya Lewis Lee and Lori McCreary 
Thursday, August 20 
3 - 4 PM Pacific / 6 - 7 PM Eastern 

To all of those members that have reached out, engaged, shared their disappointments and hopes, as well as their time, we appreciate your input and look forward to welcoming anyone else who wants to join us in supporting One Guild and the PGA’s renewed commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and our productions.

Thank you.

All the best,

Gail Berman              Lucy Fisher


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Official Statement from the Producers Guild of America

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Updated: Monday, June 1, 2020

The PGA stands with the Black community and recognizes that until they can live without fear and with respect and justice, we cannot rest. The PGA leadership continues to remain committed to diversifying our membership to ensure that more under represented voices are at the table. We, as an industry of story tellers, must hold each other accountable for our actions to help create change. #blacklivesmatter 

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Letter From the Presidents: Members Relief Fund Announced

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear Members,

Today the Guild is announcing the creation of The Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund. The launch of the fund is made possible by a generous lead gift from former PGA president Mark Gordon, in the amount of $100,000. Members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid at

In these unprecedented times, the most immediate need for so many of our members is financial assistance and resources. It is for this reason that we have moved quickly to put into place an emergency fund to help support members whose livelihoods have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

While the PGA relief fund has a limited amount of money currently available, we hope to continue to grow this resource so we can serve and assist as many of you as possible. To that end, we are doing a broad outreach to secure further donations and increase the longevity of the fund.

Anyone interested in donating can do so by going to Any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated. No donation is too small, and charitable contributions are tax-deductible.

It is by pulling together and supporting our fellow PGA members that we will make it through this crisis. Please know as members of the Guild, you are not alone. We are here to offer emotional support, financial assistance and resources, as well as to keep our community of producers engaged during this time of great uncertainty.

Regarding details for the new fund, it is being administered by The Actors Fund, which offers resources and assistance for entertainment professionals in all areas of the industry.

The Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund will provide financial help of up to $1,000 to qualifying applicants. Members must provide the following to be eligible for funds:

• Current Producers Guild of America membership letter (to be provided by the PGA)
• Most recent bank statement
• Current lease or mortgage

Again, that link to apply for aid is To donate, you can go to

Stay well.


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COVID-19 Information & Resources (Updated)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your family are remaining healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. We want to let you know that the PGA is here to make every effort to aide members in any way possible. 


We are reaching out to update you on the status of our office and to offer important resources to continue to help you navigate the current uncertainty in our industry. 


The business of the PGA is continuing, uninterrupted.  Offices on both coasts are operating normal business hours, with our staffs working remotely to answer calls and e-mails to further the priorities of the Guild. Annual elections for the PGA councils’ boards of delegates and officers are proceeding as scheduled. Please feel free to reach out about any concerns you may have. We are here for you and will offer our support any way we can.


In addition to health concerns, we know the current situation is placing many of our members under financial hardship. We want to help alleviate your anxiety during these uncertain times so your focus can remain on the health and wellbeing of you and your family. We will do our best to offer important information and updates regarding potential financial relief, industry news and employment/unemployment resources.





The Guild has announced the creation of The Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund. The launch of the fund is made possible by a generous lead gift from former PGA president Mark Gordon, in the amount of $100,000. Members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid.


- For members to apply for aid:

- To donate to the fund:

- Read the full letter from the PGA presidents here





Update - June 22, 2020: We know that some members are also facing the very real burden of needing to return to work with the complex balance of how to do so safely. The Guild is doing all that it can to meet your needs and provide community and valuable resources on this front.

As we shared a few weeks ago, in order to ensure that the Guild can continue to operate in a fiscally prudent manner for as long as possible, the Finance Committee extended the dues deferral until July 1. Unfortunately, dues have now gone back into effect.

If you are in a position to renew, we ask that you please sign in securely and do so now. You may use this link .

We realize that renewing this year may prove challenging for many. If you are experiencing financial hardship, the Finance Committee has approved a 30% discount on this year's annual  dues  that can be requested by contacting Jo-Ann West, Director of Operations, at


March 18, 2020: We will be giving a three-month extension to members who are unable to pay their  dues. During this period, no late fees will accrue, no penalties will be applied and benefits will continue as normal. We will be monitoring and reevaluating the situation as necessary.

Please note — you do not need to contact us regarding your membership status or to inquire whether you qualify for financial hardship. The extension is based on the honor system.



BACK TO WORK GUIDELINES (updated 8/31/20)


Resources we hope you've had the chance to review: 


Producers Guild of America - Production Safety Task Force: COVID Safety Protocols for Producing Independent Productions


Tips from the Field - Ideas to help Producers determine what practices to consider before starting their own productions


The Safe Way Forward - A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters' Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines


AMPTP: Industry-wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force - Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic


New York Forward - Media Production Guidelines

As New York State reopens, industry-specific guidance for Media Production has been released as part ofPhase Four of the New York Forward regional phased reopening plan. 

This industry specific guidance includes: Summary GuidanceDetailed Guidance with an affirmation link, and a Business Safety Plan Template







The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is offering all its usual resources, as well as emergency financial assistance.

Am I Eligible for Help?

Services and programs

The Actors Fund workshops
Groups and seminars are now available online or over the phone, so you can seamlessly continue the courses you were in the midst of, or join a new workshop:

Update, 9/10/20: The lottery for One Blue Slip is now open and offering one month rent-free. Application deadline is OCtober 19. Join The Actors Fund for an informative webinar on how to successfully apply to the new rent-stabilized, luxury apartments for middle-income households, along the Brooklyn waterfront.


American Documentary COVID Fund

This COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums.  


Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.   



Contact Tracing Course - Johns Hopkins (Free)

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.  


Covid-19 & Freelance Artists 

This is an extensive, aggregated list of free resources, opportunities and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, including producers. It contains national and international information. We want to note that the PGA has not vetted these resources.  


Entertainment Partners - Master Series: Your Guide to Intelligent Production

A series of free live workshops specifically designed for production professionals and everyone interested in production.  


Field of Vision - Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund

Field of Vision and Topic Studios have created a $250,000 fund to provide grants for freelancers working in the Documentary field. The fund will distribute unrestricted grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic. Applications are at capacity, but will open again on May 6.  


Freelancers Union Relief Fund

Applications open on April 2. Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including: Food/food supplies; Utility payments; Cash assistance to cover income loss 


GreenSlate - COVID-19 Resources

Lots of information & resources, related to unemployment, employer relief, and other governmental programs.


LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief
The LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief application will open on August 17, 2020, for income-eligible renters in LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief is open to renters in Los Angeles County. Eligible renters must qualify based on income and have struggled to pay rent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their landlord must provide a W-9 and sign a participation agreement in order to have the rent paid on behalf of the tenant.


Motion Picture and Television Fund

The Motion Picture and Television fund is offering financial aid and case management services to the industry. Those is need, particularly industry retirees, can call their intake line at (323) 634-3888. 









California Employment Development Department (EDD)

The EDD provides services to employees, businesses and job seekers in California. Currently it has relevant information on topics such as reduced hours, closures or layoffs, caregiving and tax assistance. (California) 


SAG-AFTRA - Unemployment assistance webinar 

President's Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement webinar on unemployment assistance, held April 7, 2020. Topics include applying for unemployment insurance and getting relief provided by the CARES Act.  


New Jersey Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workplace Development has just announced that “recipients of federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) — the self-employed, independent contractors and others who are not usually eligible for unemployment insurance benefits — will start being notified of their PUA eligibility today, and the Department will begin making payments Friday.” 


New York State Department of Labor 

This site shares information on how people can file an unemployment claim if they are affected by the coronavirus. (New York)


New York State Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new Federal program that is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. PUA provides financial assistance for Americans who are unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic but do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance (UI).

Washington, D.C. Dept. of Employment Services Webinars

The Department of Employment Services will be hosting daily webinars to answer questions regarding unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.





CARES Act - Overview of Benefits

This is a straightforward summary created by the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and the California IATSE Council. It addresses benefits specifically for those working in entertainment.


CARES Act - Producers Guild Q&A

See the full newsletter, sent to all members, that has all the most relevant answers about the CARES Act.

UBS - Coronavirus Relief Programs for Businesses Owners 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act" or "Phase III") has been signed into law. Phase III provides support for business owners in the form of loans, guarantees, tax deferrals and other support. While many of the details are to be spelled out in the days to come, we do know a lot more than we did a week ago. UBS's Business Owner Client Segment reviewed the bill to see what business owners should know. 





Corona "Phase III" and the Road Ahead 

This document, created by GPG (Glover Park Group), contains a detailed report on the federal legislation as a whole and the possibility of further financial assistance in the near future.


Freelancers in NYC: If you're facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint. NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has helped recover more than $250,000 in lost wages.


NYC Employee Retention Grants 

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. (NYC)


NYC Financial Empowerment Centers

Free Financial Counseling: NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide free one-on-one professional, confidential, financial counseling over the phone. 


NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment NY 

General resources, especially those related to the entertainment industry. (NYC)


NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program 

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program. This program is available to New York City businesses with fewer than 100 employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for an interest-free loan up to $75,000. (NYC)


SBA - Paycheck Protection Program (updated July 1, 2020)

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.
Paycheck Protection Program Update! The Senate has passed by unanimous consent a bill to extend the June 30 deadline to submit an application for a Paycheck Protection Program to August 8th. The bill will now be considered by the House for approval.


U.S. Department of Labor 

The following links contain information regarding the rights of employees and the obligations of employers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide Fair Labor Standards

Family and Medical Leave Act

DOL Unemployment Insurance Program Letter - To provide states with operating, financial, and reporting instructions for the PUA program authorized by Section 2102 of the CARES Act of 2020, Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-136. 





California COVID-19 Updates 

General information & resources including alerts, statistics, testing and medical care.


Los Angeles - Testing information


NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal 

The City of New York is collecting information to better understand and communicate about the impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information will be helpful in enabling the City to share information with you and members of the public about COVID-19, and to help inform the City’s response to areas affected by COVID-19. 

New York - Testing information





LA County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.


The Maple Counseling Center
The mission of The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC) is to provide low-cost comprehensive mental health services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families throughout Los Angeles County. The Maple Counseling Center is now offering a COVID-19 tele-support group to help community members cope with the current pandemic.

Massachusetts General Hospital - Guide to Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

The Department of Psychiatry has put together a curated set of resources with a particular emphasis on materials that will be of use to providers and those they serve.

National Alliance on Mental Health
COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NYC Well is New York City’s free, confidential support, crisis intervention, and information and referral service for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance misuse concerns, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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