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Producers Guild Creates Relief Fund During Crisis

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrew Mahlmann
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The new fund represents the PGA’s broader efforts to offer solutions and ease financial burdens for members amid challenging conditions in the industry

LOS ANGELES (March 24, 2020) -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the creation of the Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund with a lead gift of $100,000 from former Guild President and champion of the Producers Mark, Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan). PGA members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid at: https://actorsfund.org/gethelp.

Producers Guild of America Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said, “The financial well-being of our members is constantly on our minds as we navigate an uncharted crisis in our industry. We are grateful for the generosity of Mark Gordon and other donors who have made this fund a reality. The Guild is committed to creating and identifying solutions for our members in the swiftest way possible in these uncertain times, and we can’t thank The Actors Fund enough for moving quickly with us. Regardless of the current challenges, the PGA is prepared to do everything in its power to help our fellow PGA members weather this storm together. We invite anyone who is seeking a way to support those affected by the crisis, which includes line producers, associate producers and freelancers, to consider making a donation.”

The fund is being administered by The Actors Fund, which offers resources and assistance for entertainment professionals in all areas of the industry. The PGA is actively seeking further donations to expand the longevity of the fund, and anyone interested in donating can do so by going to https://www.actorsfund.org/PGA. 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


The PGA recently announced 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. The business of the PGA is continuing uninterrupted, and staff on both coasts are operating normal business hours remotely to further the priorities of the Guild.

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA (PGA)

The Producers Guild of America is a nonprofit trade organization that represents and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild works to protect the careers of producers and improve the producing community at-large by facilitating health benefits for its more than 8,000 members, encouraging the enforcement of workplace labor laws and sustainable practices, and creating fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits. The Guild also hosts educational opportunities for new and experienced producers alike. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the Producers Guild of America website and follow on social media.

ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.