And the Award for Most Charitable Goes to… Publicists

By Evan Henerson / April 28, 2021 / 0 Comments

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the publicists of ICG Local 600 opted this year to turn their annual Publicists Awards Luncheon into an opportunity to help their fellow union members instead, raising approximately $60,000 for the Local’s Hardship Fund. During the run up to this year’s event, the ICG Publicists Awards Committee decided […]

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Members Go Green On Set

By Evan Henerson / April 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

600LIVE! spoke to six Local 600 members about their efforts to be environmentally conscious and the importance of a green set. Gretchen Warthen, Camera Operator I always admired other crew members who were dedicated to bringing water and food from home, but in our fast-paced world, it seemed inconvenient and time-consuming. I had always been […]

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Embodying the Values of Unions: A Visit with Herb Harton

By Evan Henerson / April 14, 2021 / 0 Comments

The three best and most significant decisions of Herb Harton’s life were getting married, having children and joining the union. “I attribute my success to those three decisions,” said Harton, the North Carolina-based 1st AC. “Those are the gifts that keep on giving.” In his nearly 33 years as a dues-paying union member, Harton himself […]

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600’s Member Orientation Gets a Makeover

By Evan Henerson / March 31, 2021 / 0 Comments

Local 600’s member orientation has undergone an overhaul. Thanks to extensive work across a number of the Guild’s departments, what was once little more than a swearing in ceremony and a few words about on-set etiquette has turned into a comprehensive introduction to the Local, its place in the IATSE and the greater national labor […]

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Work/Life Balance Behind the Camera

By Evan Henerson / March 17, 2021 / 0 Comments

At what point does a mother’s professional duties end and her role as a parent begin and vice versa?  If you choose a life in camera with its notoriously unpredictable schedules and long hours, does that mean that any hopes to start or expand a family must be tabled? Or handled by a caregiver or […]

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New NEB Members Give Back to Your Union

By Evan Henerson / January 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Local 600’s National Executive Board meets via Zoom on January 30 and 31 to discuss our current challenges and opportunities, benefits, bargaining, budgets, and the state of your union. 600LIVE! spoke to first-term NEB members Sarah May Guenther, Sharif “Sunny” Shields and Jamie Metzger about their experiences joining the board and their hopes for the […]

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Who Does It Take to Flip a Project?

By Evan Henerson / January 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

Featured image of Terra Gutmann-Gonzalez on the set of “The Immaculate Room.” Flipping a project – any project – is no easy feat. Feelings get heated, work stoppages are threatened and sometimes executed. Jobs and industry reputations are placed at risk. The nonunion crew of the psychological thriller The Immaculate Room knew that by banding […]

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Feeling Down? Help is Available

By Evan Henerson / January 13, 2021 / 0 Comments

There is no shame in asking for help. That is the common message from organizations that provide mental and behavioral health services both to Local 600 members and to the industry at large. During the best of times, work is competitive and can be hard to come by for a freelance industry. Throw in the […]

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An Illinois Homecoming for Winona Wacker

By Evan Henerson / January 7, 2021 / 0 Comments

She has purchased cold weather clothing and sublet an apartment in Lakeview within walking distance of Wrigley Field, close to supermarkets and other necessities. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has made her work relocation a challenge, Winona Wacker, a Western Region Business Rep since 2018 and 16-year Local 600 member, is Chicago-bound to become a […]

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Local 600 Members Give Back with Blessed Bag

By Evan Henerson / December 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

On Giving Tuesday, a cancer patients’ charity got into the holiday spirit thanks to the help and ingenuity of two Local 600 publicists, Ernie Malik and Sheryl Main. Blessed Bag, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit which distributes comfort bags to men, women, and children who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, raised $1,700 during their Virtual Wine Tasting, hosted […]

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