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Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers for Third Time

May 23, 2022 | By
Stephen Lighthill Re-Elected President of American Society of Cinematographers for Third Time

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors has elected the organization’s 2022-2023 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president for a third consecutive one-year term. Lighthill will serve alongside Vice Presidents Amy Vincent, John Simmons, and Shelly Johnson; Treasurer Steven Poster; Secretary Gregg Heschong; and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Chomyn. The members of the ASC... »

Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

May 17, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

IA Local 600 — the International Cinematographers Guild — just had an election for new officers, as many readers here know. Camera assistant Baird B. Steptoe Sr. was elected to a three-year term to replace outgoing President John Lindley, ASC, with results expected to be certified at the local’s next board meeting in June.... »

Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

May 13, 2022 | By
Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

Baird Steptoe Sr. has been elected national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, it was announced Friday. Steptoe defeated Jamie Silverstein for the coveted position, and he’ll replace John Lindley, who opted not to seek a second term. Steptoe won the election with 1106 votes (43 percent of ballots cast), while Silverstein garnered 909 votes, Diane Farrington... »

Framestore Names Mel Sullivan New CEO as Sir William Sargent Steps Down to Focus on Company 3

May 12, 2022 | By
Framestore Names Mel Sullivan New CEO as Sir William Sargent Steps Down to Focus on Company 3

Framestore, the Oscar and Emmy-winning VFX studio that has conjured visuals for the likes of Gravity, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Blade Runner 2049, has tapped Mel Sullivan as its new CEO, as Sir William Sargent is stepping down as CEO after 26 years to focus on the wider Framestore Company 3 Group. Sullivan has been with Framestore since 1998, most recently... »

Rebecca Rhine Stepping Down as ICG’s National Executive Director in September

May 9, 2022 | By
Rebecca Rhine Stepping Down as ICG’s National Executive Director in September

Rebecca Rhine is stepping down from her post as the national executive director of the International Cinematographers Guild when her contract expires at the end of September. Rhine has held the position since December 2015, when she became IATSE Local 600’s first female executive director. ICG president John Lindley confirmed Rhine’s exit in a letter that... »

Union Roundup: Karen Westerfield Wins Top Post at Local 706 Following MUAHs Guild’s Second Election

April 19, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Karen Westerfield Wins Top Post at Local 706 Following MUAHs Guild’s Second Election

Suddenly, union elections are all over the news. Mostly, these news stories center around the question of whether to organize a workplace to begin with, and they’re currently popping up everywhere, particularly if your corporate name is “Starbucks” or “Amazon.” The ownership of said companies, in time-honored fashion, is not pleased. Sometimes, though, these... »

Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

April 5, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: As Workers at One Amazon Warehouse Unionize, Corporate Contradictions Still Abound

“The garden of controversy must be continually cultivated. Otherwise, nobody knows you are alive.” That quote comes from a Republican governor in Florida known for hiring his own security force, attacking teachers, teacher unions, and Federal judges, and calling protestors “communists” — but not the current Republican governor. No, it was actually said by Claude... »

Set Decorators Blast Academy’s Decision to Cut Eight Categories From Live Oscars Show

February 28, 2022 | By
Set Decorators Blast Academy’s Decision to Cut Eight Categories From Live Oscars Show

The Set Decorators Society of America has blasted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its leadership following the shocking decision to cut eight categories from the live Oscars broadcast coming up on March 27. The SDSA Board of Directors sent its missive to Academy President David Rubin, CEO Dawn Hudson, the AMPAS Board Executive... »

Studios, Guilds Extend and Expand COVID Safety Protocols, Which Now Include Booster Shots

February 16, 2022 | By
Studios, Guilds Extend and Expand COVID Safety Protocols, Which Now Include Booster Shots

Studios and guilds have voted to extend and expand Hollywood’s COVID safety protocols, which now require individuals to receive booster shots in order to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up to date” on vaccines in the U.S. In a message sent to union members on Wednesday, SAG-AFTRA national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland announced that SAG-AFTRA, IATSE,... »

Teamsters Local 399 Casts Landslide Vote to Ratify New Film and TV Contract

February 9, 2022 | By
Teamsters Local 399 Casts Landslide Vote to Ratify New Film and TV Contract

In a landslide devoid of drama, Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 has voted to ratify a new three-year film and TV contract, with 89% of voters casting their ballot in favor of ratification, leaving just 11% to vote against it — and that’s with more than two-thirds of the local’s members casting a vote. The... »