A Union ‘Jewell’ in the Newscasting Crown

By Evan Henerson / May 25, 2022 / 0 Comments

When photojournalist Jeff Jewell left Milwaukee to take a new job in Detroit, his soon-to-be fellow crew members at WDIV-TV knew they would be getting both a creative shooter and a devoted union man. Sunny Shields, a Local 600 NEB member and the shop steward at WDIV, reached out to Jewell immediately to gauge his […]

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Organizing Victories Galore in the Central Region

By Evan Henerson / May 18, 2022 / 0 Comments

From Houston to Atlanta, and from Chicago to Kalamazoo, the reps of the Central Region have been getting it done in 2022, organizing a total of 16 projects in recent months. What does the organizing picture look like so far?  Here’s a sampling. Crew members in Tyrone, GA on the feature On Smoother Dirt had […]

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Local 600 Broadcast Rep Raquel Ruiz Likes to Think Outside the Box

By Evan Henerson / March 16, 2022 / 0 Comments

The  Local 600 baseball caps have already made their way to the members at TV news stations in the Pacific Northwest. Raquel Ruiz, the Local 600 business rep who sent those hats, expects to make her way up north soon too. “They’re getting ready to bargain – electing their bargaining team and distributing the hats […]

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Paul Mailman: Incentivizing the Evergreen State

By Evan Henerson / March 3, 2022 / 0 Comments

If the money is there, then film production will come to Washington state. For years, Paul Mailman has been making this claim. But more than talk, he has also been busy lobbying to help make it happen. A Local 600 Director of Photography and an area steward based in Washington, Mailman would like to work […]

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From “Succession” to “Power” to Whatever Comes Next

By Evan Henerson / January 26, 2022 / 0 Comments

In an ever-changing industry roiled by uncertainty, it makes sense to stay flexible and be ready to change your plans. Kati Pérez learned this lesson first-hand when an application she submitted through a nonprofit she worked with landed her on the set of a critically-acclaimed show and opened up a path to membership in Local […]

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Local 600 Lends Expertise to “Chicago Made”

By Evan Henerson / January 12, 2022 / 0 Comments

A new and exciting workforce development program in Chicago is turning out to be a win-win both for the Windy City and its film industry. The program, which spans disciplines, is titled Chicago Made, and  Local 600 is playing a vital role in identifying and mentoring two new digital utilities who will eventually become Local […]

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Building Connections with Peers and Their Union

By Evan Henerson / December 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

The newest iteration of the Local 600 Mentorship Program is being labeled as a “pilot program.”  But pilots are known for taking flight, and that outcome is every bit what Local 600 staff and committee members are hoping will happen with this new program in its efforts to enrich members’ careers and increase union solidarity. […]

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Remembering Halyna Hutchins

By Evan Henerson / October 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

ICG Local 600 and the entertainment community lost a beloved sister when Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins lost her life on the set of the film Rust. Hutchins was born in Ukraine and graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was named a rising star by American Cinematographer Magazine in 2019. She is […]

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See Something? Say Something

By Evan Henerson / October 15, 2021 / 0 Comments

Sensitivity and anti-harassment training have become regular features/conditions of employment, often as a way of satisfying state regulations or protecting the employer from potential liability. But Sunday’s bystander intervention seminar, conducted by the anti-harassment organization Hollaback! and tailored for Local 600 members, had a different goal: providing members of the camera and publicity teams with […]

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Better Working Conditions Are Possible

By Evan Henerson / September 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

Pamela Adlon, the creator, executive producer, director, and star of Better Things has long been a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of members of her crew. With national attention focused on IATSE as the union gears up for a strike authorization vote, Adlon put her money – and her camera – where her mouth is. […]

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