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Oncoming Negotiations
5/16/15 • TAG News, Union News

* Featured Post Artwork from Carol Simpson At the end of June, the Animation Guild will sit down with the major animation studios and negotiate a new three-year contract. The guild’s negotiation committee will meet in early June to go over proposals, but it’s important to know what the IA (our mother international) negotiated for…

Latest TAG 401(k) Plan Numbers
4/30/15 • 401k plan

The Animation Guild 401(k) Plan is celebrating its 20th birthday, and has reached robust adulthood. The stats: * Total Plan assets: $235,742,099 * Average balance: $93,585 * Total contributions in 2014: $7,715,289 * Total number of Plan participants: 2,519 * 88% of assets reside in Target Date Funds. The TAG 401(k) Plan offers participants over…

Jobs and Networking
4/1/15 • Business Savvy

At last night’s General Membership meeting, there was lengthy discussion about ways to find jobs in the animation business. Some bullet points: * Have a portfolio on-line in various formats: quick time, single frame, etc. Show a variety of styles, and most recent work up top. * The Animation Guild offers “Member Profile” pages (which…

Catching Up
3/23/15 • 401k plan

401(k) enrollment time again, so here’s your new motivator: According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the average retirement savings for households nearing retirement — those with head of households aged 55-64—is about $110,000. That means more than half of today’s households won’t have enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard…

Free Money!
3/18/15 • tax incentives, vfx

The bidding war for movies and television work continues. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today unveiled improved incentives for the film, TV and videogame business as he delivered his final budget before the country’s general election May 7. The government has increased the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying…

Changes To Target Date Funds (TAG 401K)
3/6/15 • 401k plan

The Vanguard Target Date Funds, which most Animation Guild 401(k) participants are using, will be changing their investment lineups in coming months. Right now, the Target Date Funds stock allocations are invested 70% in Total U.S. Stock Market and 30% in International Stocks. By the end of 2015, that will change to 60% U.S. stocks…

Gordon Kent, RIP
3/5/15 • RIP

One of the really hard workers in animation, and really good guys, passed away early this morning. Gordon Kent succumbed in the fight for his life at 2:00 A.M., after a long, heroic struggle. He was surrounded by his loving wife and soulmate, Donna, his sister Vickie, and her husband Jim. Gordon jumped into animation…

The Anthem Hack

You have no doubt heard by now that a large swath of the population got singed by the reported hack of Anthem Insurance. Almost every entertainment union had members that were affected, and the Animation Guild was no exception. Although there’s not much substantive to report, the guild sent the following to members: You are…

The TAG 401(k) Plan
2/3/15 • 401k plan

The Animation Guild’s 401(k) Plan quarterly trustee meeting took place on Monday; herewith useful factoids for participants: Total Plan Assets 1st Quarter 2014 — $213,826,678 4th Quarter 2014 — $230,542,543 Average Participant Balance 1st Quarter 2014 — $87,778 4th Quarter 2014 — $92,476 Total Participants 2,493 The trustees met on Monday afternoon where they discussed…

Jack Thomas Elected As TAG President
1/28/15 • TAG News, Union News

Animation Guild Vice President Jack Thomas was elected President of the guild tonight at TAG’s January General Membership meeting. Mr. Thomas was nominated by the membership and elected by white ballot. Outgoing Animation Guild President Nathan Loofbourrow resigned as President at the end of 2014. As required by the guild’s constitution, an election was held…