After supporting screenwriters and actors through a months-long double strike, film and television crew workers are finally stepping into the spotlight themselves.
Dissatisfied with their union’s leadership and direction, a group of members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is launching a reform caucus called CREW, or the Caucus of Rank-and-File Entertainment Workers.
Their first public event will be a webinar on November 16 on preparing for the 2024 expiration of the main pattern-setting contracts they work under, the Hollywood Basic Agreement (HBA) and Area Standards Agreement (ASA).
IATSE has 170,000 members across the U.S. and Canada, well beyond Hollywood. They work behind the scenes in film, TV, theater, and live events, and in roles as diverse as lighting, sound, cinematography, animation, editing, costume, set design, and on-set education.