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Congressman Schiff meets with IATSE leaders

Alexandra Drosu / August 12, 2019

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Last Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Congressman Adam Schiff met with a group of Union organizers and representatives to discuss upcoming legislation, the importance of voting and concerns within the entertainment community. Schiff asked the question, “What is America?” Reminding those gathered to consider our collective values and understand what is at stake in the 2020…

Mentorship Program in the Works

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The Young Workers Committee is organizing a unique opportunity for Animation Guild members to participate in an informal one-on-one peer mentoring brunch. The event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at The Animation Guild. “The first and primary focus for this event is expanding artists’ professional networks. Guild members…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Keeping Up with the Digital Toolset

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On Aug. 6, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation came to the Guild to discuss how you can continue to learn and sharpen skills without feeling overwhelmed by the ever-changing landscape of technology. Directors of Education and Instructors Beau Janzen and Max Dayan identified common road blocks in learning and ways to overcome…

Wage Minimums Increase – What you need to know!

Alexandra Drosu / August 7, 2019

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As of August 4, 2019, wage minimums have increased by 3 percent as per the 2018-2021 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know! Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, The Secret Lab and Sony Animation, have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wages…

Gallery 839 Opening Reception: Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m.

Alexandra Drosu / July 29, 2019

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On Friday, Aug. 2, seven artists who worked at Filmation are having a reunion—a visual one showcasing their personal artwork. The exhibit will continue through the month of August so please stop by if you can’t making it to the opening reception at the Animation Guild. Learn more abut these magnificent seven! Kent Culotta Kent…

Siggraph Spotlight: Paolo Deguzmen

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Tell us a little bit about the Siggraph panel. On Tuesday, July 30 from 3:45-5:15 (West Hall B), I am honored to be a panelist presenting the production session:  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden What?.” We will be discussing the challenges and hurdles we encountered during the production of the final film in…

Member Spotlight: Silvia Olivas

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Can you tell us a little bit about your career journey? I started my career working as a second stage manager on Univision’s El Show de Paul Rodriguez. It was there that I caught the writing bug and became a Writers’ Assistant on such comedies as The Wayans Bros. and The Nanny.  A few years later,…

New Pilot Craft Representatives Program

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The Storyboard Committee is launching a new Craft Representative Program. We’re focusing on Storyboard Artists at three studios to test out this pilot program: Cartoon Network, Bento Box Entertainment and DreamWorks.  The goal is to find a Craft Rep volunteer on each show within each studio. In addition to Shop Stewards who can answer questions…

TAG members sworn in as LA County Fed delegates

Alexandra Drosu / July 15, 2019

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Today, five members/employees of Local 839 will be sworn in as delegates to the LA County Federation of Labor and next month another five will be sworn in to fill a total of 10 spots. Delegates include Robert St. Pierre, Leslie Simmons, Ruolin Li, Steve Kaplan, Lars Ingelman, Charlotte Jackson, Emily Walus, Jeanette King, Joseph Statom and Scott Carpenter. Every month, pursuant to their constitution,…

TAG Members at Comic-Con

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Are you headed to San Diego this week? This year TAG members will be featured in two separate panels at Comic-Con. Stop by and see them. The Art Heroines: Use your creative powers to level up! Thursday, July 18; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Room 24 ABC This panel will explore the triumphs and pitfalls of entertainment industry work….

TAG’s Inaugural Zinefest is a hit!

Alexandra Drosu / July 1, 2019

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TAG hosted its first Zinefest last Friday, June 28th, and the event was a resounding success with 50 artists featuring their work to a packed crowd of a few hundred people. “We weren’t counting, but we had a non-stop stream of folks from the moment we opened at 6 p.m. until we shut down at…

Member Spotlight: Kali Ciesemier

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Kali Ciesemier never imagined that she would one day work in animation when she started her career as an illustrator. “My college didn’t have a big animation program and I didn’t know much about the industry until I fell into it,” she says. Here, the Color Supervisor on Netflix’s Battle Kitty shares her career journey…

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