Rebecca Rhine has been named the new national executive director of the 7,700-member International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600), succeeding Bruce Doering effective Dec. 1. The announcement was made by ICG president Steven Poster during the ICG’s national executive board meeting in Century City.
Rhine will become the first woman in a male-dominated industry to hold this position in the ICG, representing DPs, camera operators, VFX supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, camera crews and publicists. Doering is retiring from the guild, after a tenure of 30 years, at the end of December and will aid in a smooth transition of duties.
To assume her new ICG position, Rhine will depart her current role as executive director of Municipal Executives Association, labor representatives for managers in San Francisco, a position she held for over eight years. Prior to that she served as Northern area director of SEIU Local 1000, a union representing more than 95,000 California employees. She was also assistant national ED of AFTRA, involved with national oversight of public policy and strategic planning. Earlier Rhine served as ED of AFT University Council, representing lecturers and librarians on the nine University of California campuses and served for more than 10 years as ED of an AFTRA/SAG Local in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Golden Gate University.
Working with the board and officers of the ICG, Rhine’s responsibilities will include negotiating and administering the guild’s local agreement with the major producers, supervising a full-time staff of 50 and working closely with other IATSE Locals and the International to advance the interests of the union.
“I am extremely gratified for the opportunity to join such a creative and distinguished organization and look forward to building on the substantial progress made by the guild on a wide range of industry issues that impact working men and women,” commented Rhine.