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IATSE Makes Statement on Artificial Intelligence, Launches A.I. Commission

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On Thursday, May 11, 2023, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb announced the creation of the IATSE Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The commission will bring together IATSE members and representatives at all levels, as well as external experts to guide the union’s approach to the challenges and opportunities presented by the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) in the entertainment industry.

“As AI continues to evolve and proliferate, it is critical that our union is at the forefront of understanding its impact on our members and industry,” said President Loeb. “Just as when silent films became talkies and as the big screen went from black-and-white to full color, the IATSE Commission on Artificial Intelligence is part of our commitment to embracing new
technologies. We will work to equip our members with the skills to navigate this technological advancement, and to ensure that the transition into this new era prioritizes the interests and well-being of our members and all entertainment workers.”

The commission will engage in a comprehensive study of AI technologies, with a particular focus on how they may reshape the landscape of entertainment industry jobs under IATSE’s  jurisdiction. It will also consider how contract provisions, legislation, and training programs can be adapted to ensure the fruits of increased productivity through AI are shared equitably among all stakeholders.

The commission will include representatives from across IATSE’s jurisdiction, as well as subject matter experts from academia and the tech industry. It will begin its work immediately, with a report of its findings and recommendations to be presented at the 2023 Midsummer meeting of IATSE’s General Executive Board, held at the end of July.

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