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…

The PAL Committee Needs You

Alexandra Drosu / June 17, 2019

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The Animation Guild’s Political Action League (PAL) is seeking recruits to help strengthen our committee and union. If you’re concerned with how federal and state legislation is impacting unions’ and workers’ rights, the attacks on our health plans and pensions, or the stability of important programs like Social Security and Medicare, then this is your…

Aloha from the District 2 Convention

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IATSE District 2 represents more than 45,000 members across 49 local unions in Arizona, California, Hawai’i, and Nevada, and every year they host a convention to bring together this growing network of Union members. The 75th District 2 convention was held this year in Honolulu and 32 TAG members attended, making Local 839’s delegation the largest…

TAG Sponsors Two Resolutions for District 2 Convention

Alexandra Drosu / June 3, 2019

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For the first time in recent history, The Animation Guild delegates will be proposing not one but two resolutions at the upcoming IATSE District 2 convention in Hawai’i (June 7-9). “By doing so, we’re becoming more vocal members of the IATSE community and we’re representing our members’ concerns in an actionable way,” says Kristin Donner,…