By Ross Lenihan

As the stars prepare to shine on the red carpet, let’s also honor the hard-working labor women and men that make the movie industry run. Hollywood is the 3rd largest industry in all of Los Angeles County, touching nearly every major film release you’ll come across. Unions will be responsible for running the Academy Awards as well as the network it airs on.

Below are the major union players in Hollywood (shout-out to FilmmakerIQ for the list). Whether it’s actresses/actors, directors, producers, writers, camera operators, make-up artists, grips, truck drivers, and even stunt women/men, the entertainment industry is a union industry through and through.

Below the Line

•    Animation Guild (IATSE 839)
“IATSE 839 is a labor organization that represents animation and visual effects artists.”

•    International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE)
“I.A.T.S.E. local organizations cover many production crafts people from Art Directors, Costume Designers, Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists, Studio Lighting Technicians, Set Painters, Script Supervisors.”

•    International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE 600)
“An I.A.T.S.E. organization, The International Cinematographers Guild represents the most talented camera professionals and publicists in the world.”

•    Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG)
“MPEG is a national labor organization currently representing freelance and staff post-production professionals.”

•    Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)
“The PSE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a wealth of knowledge from award winning professionals to a diverse group of individuals, youth and career professionals alike… providing scholarships and mentorship for the continuing advancement of motion picture sound in education.”

•    Teamsters (IBT)
“The Teamsters represents logistical workers in the motion picture industry, including firms that produce feature films, television programs, commercials, and live theatrical productions.”

Above the Line

•    Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)
“Since 1982, AMPTP has been the trade association responsible for negotiating virtually all the industry-wide guild and union contracts.”

•    American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
“ ASCAP  is a membership association of U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music.”

•    Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
“Founded in 1937, ATA is the voice of unified talent and literary agencies.”

•    Directors Guild of America (DGA)
“The DGA is an entertainment guild that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media.”

•    Producers Guild of America (PGA)
“The PGA is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.”

•    Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
“SAG-AFTRA represents actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.”

•    Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)
“The WGA is composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.”

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