Location Managers Guild International

Winter 2019

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) is the largest organization of Location Managers and Location Scouts in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. Their membership plays a vital role in the creativ

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10 • LMGI COMPASS | Winter 2019 IN THE NEWS Photos courtesy of AMPAS Career Summit at the Academy Location scout and LMGI 2nd VP Lori Balton was a panelist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Annual "Careers in Film Summit." The event provides both high school and college students, especially those from underrepresented communities, the opportunity to learn about careers in the motion picture industry and the skills, education and hard work required to achieve success. Approximately 600 students attended, with an additional 6,000 students tuning in online. The "Roll Credits: Other Important Jobs in the Film Industry" panel focused on industry careers that people are not necessarily aware of, and was followed by many questions from the diverse audience. Balton joined Tony Jerrels, grip; Susan Malerstein-Watkins, script supervisor; Heidi McGowen, unit production manager; and Alexander Zahn, VP at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Alexander Zahn told the crowd that he contacted fellow Cornell alum Balton shortly after graduating and was amazed that she responded, offering career advice. This was the first time the two actually met. "Mentoring," says Balton, "is what it's all about." Right: Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs, AMPAS; Alexander Zahn, VP Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions; location scout Lori Balton, UPM Heidi McGowen, Susan Malerstein- Watkins, script supervisor; moderator David Valdez, Tony Jerrels, grip; and Bettina Fisher, Director of Educational Initiatives, AMPAS and predictability that this deal represents are more important than ever." The two groups reached an agreement in principle in July after constructive negotiations between the parties. "With the ratification of this agreement, the CMPA and its members have endorsed the imaginative and inventive role all DGC members bring to production," noted Bill Skolnik, lead negotiator and DGC Ontario Executive Director & CEO. Dave Forget, DGC National Executive Director, added: "We're thrilled to have this agreement signed and ratified this early in the calendar. This package delivers certainty for producers and filmmakers planning future projects for next year and guarantees robust and competitive compensation with significant gains for our membership." The 2019-2021 CMPA- DGC Standard Agreement takes effect on January 1, 2019, and will apply to all productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia and Quebec commencing principal photography on or after that date. DGC, representing location professionals across Canada, announced the ratification of a new Standard Agreement with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA). The three-year deal establishes the terms, conditions and rates for directors and other professional crew members engaged in film, television and digital media productions. "The stellar reputation of Canada's production industry is in no small part thanks to the dynamic partnership between producers, directors and the many talented crew members behind the camera, and this new agreement is a testament to that indispensable synergy," said Warren Ross, the CMPA's Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. "Especially during this period of significant change in the screen-based production sector, the stability Directors Guild of Canada Ratifies New Three-Year Agreement by John Rakich Valdez, Balton, Jerrels, Malerstein-Watkins, McGowen and Zahn

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