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International Cinematographers Guild offers financial assistance to members affected by the writers strike

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Source: Screendaily / Jeremy Kay

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International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) has assembled a financial relief package for members impacted by the ongoing writers strike.

The 2023 Work Slowdown Hardship Fund allocates $250,000 to provide grants of up to $1,000 to individual Local 600 members in good standing who are in financial need due to work lost or delayed by any entertainment industry industrial action this year including the ongoing Writers Guild Of America (WGA) strike.

The measure, approved at the national executive board meeting in California last weekend, contains an option to increase to $500,000.

The fund will be administered through the Entertainment Community Fund, which will work with national executive officers to establish eligibility criteria.

The WGA strike is in its ninth week and is expected to run at least through the end of summer until the parties reconvene to negotiate contract renewal terms. The SAG-AFTRA contract will expire at midnight on the 30th of June, raising the possibility of a complete Hollywood shutdown. The Directors Guild Of America has agreed to a three-year contract. “During a crisis, none of our members stand alone.”

“Local 600 believes that all workers deserve a fair contract,” says Alex Tonisson, the new national executive director of ICG. “Providing financial relief during this strike is one way to help our members while supporting solidarity in our industry.”

The International Cinematographers Guild represents over 10,000 members who work in film, television, streaming and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, broadcasters and all members of camera crews and publicists.

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