NYC Film Organizations

Actors’ Equity Association
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Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIOand is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

Directors Guild of America
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The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization 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.

The Independent Filmmaker Project
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Founded in 1979, The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. IFP continues to champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career and projects’ development. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent creative community, represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 fiction and nonfiction works each year. During its 40-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Laura Poitras, Richard Linklater and Ava Duvernay.

Local 52 Motion Picture Mechanics
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West Orange, NJ was the birthplace of the modern motion picture industry. In the early 1890’s Thomas Edison erected the first motion picture studio, the “Black Mariah”, a simple structure of tar-papered, wood-framed walls and glass ceilings, which had a moveable roof operated by a pulley system. The entire edifice was built upon a circular railroad track, which enabled the building to be revolved as the sun’s light moved. Although Edison himself considered his Kinetograph, the first motion picture camera, a mere novelty, he had on his staff a man named Edwin S. Porter, who was an imaginative and enthusiastic devotee of the new medium. His first two films, “The Life of an American Fireman,” (1902) and “The Great Train Robbery”, (1903), made in East Orange, were the first motion pictures to use interweaving plot lines. They were also the first to demonstrate the techniques of editing, such as close-ups, dissolves, flashbacks and inserts, despite being a mere 11 minutes and 13 minutes long respectively.

Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild
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To achieve, by organization and mutual endeavor, the improvement of the social and economic conditions of workers in the Theatrical, Motion Picture, Television and related industries in the United States and its territories engaged in photography or otherwise permanently recording images of all kinds for production; to assure the maintenance of a fair rate of wages for such workers for services competently rendered; to assure the employment of all such workers; to acquire, possess, and disseminate useful information in regard to such work and to secure to ourselves by unity of action such benefits as are rightly ours.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
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The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) encompasses the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, and digital content. In total, these industries account for over 305,000 jobs, and an economic output of $104 billion. The office promotes New York City as a thriving center of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs. It also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country including five TV channels and a radio station with a reach of 18 million viewers and a 50-mile radius. The newly formed Office of Nightlife is also housed at MOME.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild
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The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) is a national labor organization currently representing over 8,000 freelance and staff post-production professionals. Ours is the world’s premiere craft guild that sets the standards for excellence in the post-production industry.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
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The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the preeminent membership organization serving the Television industry. NY NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. NY NATAS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of industry problems and concerns. It affords opportunities for you to meet your colleagues on both a professional and social basis. It promotes professional development by offering avenues for contributing to the industry and the community. NY NATAS conducts activities that cultivate, promote and encourage understanding of, appreciation for, and public interest in the arts, crafts and sciences of television. We recognize outstanding achievement, we encourage the pursuit of excellence and we promote the highest standards of quality in television by conferring the industry’s classic and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction, the Emmy®.

The New York Production Alliance
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The New York Production Alliance represents the unified voice of the film, television and commercial production, and post production industry in New York City and New York State. Representing over 100,000 workers, together we promote, grow, and strengthen the entertainment industry in New York!

New York Women in Film & Television
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New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers.

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PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. The Association works to ensure that each sector is fully represented and championed on issues of concern, and plays an active role in highlighting best practice and safe working conditions. PLASA supports its members by providing advisory and support services across business, technical, safety and regulatory issues, as well as a range of membership benefits, events and training courses, including three industry-recognised certification and training programs for riggers and production technicians. PLASA’s commercial divisions play a crucial role in supporting Association activities. Print and digital editions of magazines LSi and LSA lead the market and are read by professionals in over 120 countries, while PLASA Show in London and regional Focus events provide businesses with the opportunity to showcase their technology and services.

The Producers Guild of America
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The Producers Guild of America is a non-profit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild works to protect the careers of producers and improve the producing community at large by facilitating health benefits for members, encouraging the enforcement of workplace labor laws and sustainable practices, creating fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, and hosting educational opportunities for new and experienced producers alike.

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SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation
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The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, educational and state-of-the-art resources to SAG-AFTRA members. The Foundation believes that the contributions made to our culture by performing artists are not only valuable, but essential.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
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For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are in force today. SMPTE Time Code and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars are just two examples of the Society’s notable work. Now in its second century, the Society is shaping the next-generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

The Writers Guild of America
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The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing thousands of members who write content for motion pictures, television, news and digital media. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government.