Guilds, Unions & Associations
The Hollywood entertainment industry is like many other industries, but in many ways the labor issues are unique to the various types of workers in this business: actors, directors, writers, crew members, musicians, and more. Each group of workers has formed labor unions, guilds, and associations to address the issues their members face on a daily basis in the workplace. As a result, it is important to understand how all of these groups work together (or in some situations, don’t work together) in the pursuit of making creative content. Each group has its own membership requirements for how to join the group, as well as its own benefits for its members. Check out the following organizations’ websites to get a good grasp on all of those rules and benefits.
Actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers & voiceover artists.
Producers Guild of America
Producers in film, television & new media, including associate producers, production managers, production supervisors, segment & field producers, production coordinators, visual effects producers and post-production staff.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers represents studios and production companies in collective bargaining agreements.
Animation and visual effects artists.
Location Managers Guild of America
Location managers and scouts.
Writers Guild of America
Television, film, radio, and new media writers, and representing both East and West unions.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists & Allied Crafts represents below-the-line production workers, including art directors, costume designers, make-up artists & hairstylists, studio lighting technicians, set painters & script supervisors.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers represents composers, lyricists, songwriters & music publishers.
Teamsters-Motion Picture Division
Workers in the motion picture industry, including animal handlers & trainers, casting, drivers, couriers & dispatchers.
American Federation of Musicians
Directors Guild of America
Directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, stage managers, associate directors, production associates, and location managers.
Association of Talent Agents
Talent and literary agencies and agents.
International Cinematographers Guild
IATSE Local 600, representing camera professionals, technicians, and artisans.
Motion Picture Editors Guild
Freelance and staff motion picture film and television editors and other post-production professionals and story analysts.
Motion Picture Sound Editors
Honorary society of motion picture sound editors.