December 3, 2012
Spotted: The AICP Newsletter

DECEMBER IS HERE! TIME TO PARTY!

The Holiday Season: A time for family…A time for good tidings and peace on Earth…and a time for the infamous AICP Holiday parties! Both East and West AICP Parties will deliver the goods once again this holiday season - quite literally, that is...

The Holiday Season: A time for family…A time for good tidings and peace on Earth…and a time for the infamous AICP Holiday parties!

Both East and West AICP Parties will deliver the goods once again this holiday season - quite literally, that is. Toys for Tots will be on hand at both parties, and we are looking to break our record of the over 1100 toys collected last year.

Here’s a quick glance at the festivities:

If you’re out West it probably means that a White Christmas is not in your future, so why not try to bring it yourself? On Thursday, December 13th, the AICP will be hosting its holiday party, a Truman Capote-style Black-and-White affair, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 

The AICP Foundation bash will be putting a new “spin” on its celebration this year. Come on Tuesday, December 18th to SPiN New York, the hottest Ping Pong club in the city, for a night of celebrating, cocktails, and (friendly) competition. Guests will be able to sign up – free of charge – for a bracket-style ping pong tournament, with great prizes going to the winners. An exhibition by the pros at SPiN will follow the tournament. So play, watch others play, or party in the lounge with our DJ spinning (sorry, couldn't help it) as well. 

So dust off your favorite paddle, dress to impress monochromatically --- start collected unwrapped toys and get ready to ring in the holiday season with your friends at the AICP!

#AICPGIVES BACK

The AICP West membership’s #AICPgives food & goods drive was a huge success. Thanks to our collective effort, an estimated 5000 "instant boxes" of ready to eat food were delivered to the needy by nonprofit organization Gobble Gobble Give during its annual Thanksgiving Day meal distribution...

The AICP West membership’s #AICPgives food & goods drive was a huge success. Thanks to our collective effort, an estimated 5000 "instant boxes" of ready to eat food were delivered to the needy by nonprofit organization Gobble Gobble Give during its annual Thanksgiving Day meal distribution. Barry Walker, founder of Gobble Gobble Give reports that our donations translate to an estimated week’s worth of food for each of the 5000 recipients. We also helped provide approximately 4,500 hot Thanksgiving dinners, as well as warm clothing and hygiene kits to those living in poverty on the streets of Los Angeles.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this worthy cause, including the West Board Organizing Committee: Ali Brown of Prettybird, Mikel Elliot of Quixote, Rick Fishbein of Green Dot Films, Jessie Nagel from Hype, and Eric Caprogrosso from Caps, as well as the AICP West staff. A special thanks to Dee DeLara of Quixote who was instrumental in organizing the donations. 

As a little bonus for those who participated, #AICPgives featured a raffle with exciting prizes. Congratulations to the winners: Jeff Baron of Anonymous Content (Staples VIP Clippers Box courtesy of Caps Payroll), Mark Gomez of Prettybird (Verde Truck from Quixote) and Pola Brown of Workhorse Media (Hotel stay from The Saguaro in Palm Springs).

Based on the incredible feedback and LA-wide participation, we hope to make #AICPgives an annual event. To find out more about Gobble Gobble Give please click here. For more information about how to get involved in next year’s drive, please email Jessie@hypeworld.com.

 

 

AICP VETERANS JOB SEMINAR A HUGE SUCCESS

The inaugural AICP Veterans Job Seminar took place at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on November 14, with 28 Veterans and 18 member company representatives in attendance...

The inaugural AICP Veterans Job Seminar took place at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on November 14, with 28 Veterans and 18 member company representatives in attendance. Harvest’s Bonnie Goldfarb, Co-Chair of the AICP Care Committee, introduced the event including an overview of the AICP Veterans Fellowship Program. Amy DeLossa, Head of Production at Tool, provided a production primer for the attending Veterans, which was followed by a “speed interviewing” session that was exhausting yet highly rewarding for all.

Based on the feedback from both members and applicants, the event was a huge success. One AICP member remarked that the opportunity to meet applicants in person, knowing their commitment to our country, was a life-altering experience.

“It’s been an honor and pleasure recruiting candidates for the Association of Independent Commercial Producer’s paid fellowship program. A lot of people say they support veterans, but rarely does any organization stand up for them as AICP has. Every step of the way, the AICP and its affiliated production companies have extended an extraordinary effort to treat veterans with the utmost respect, and provide them with real career opportunities,” said Jeff Norman, Executive Director of The Veterans Project.

Special thanks to the Veterans Project, Goodwill of Southern California,At Swim, Brewster Parsons, CAPs Payroll, Caviar, Chelsea, Entertainment Partners,  Harvest, Hello!, Hype, Imaginary Forces, Moxie, RSA, Smuggler, Stardust Visions, Station Film, Supply & Demand,The Institute, Tool of North America and Uber Content for their participation in the Seminar.

 The next Veterans Job Seminar will be in New York on Monday, December 17. Interested in learning how you can get involved? Email David Phelps at davidp@aicp.com of by calling (323) 960-4763 ext. 6172.

 

 

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Soar through the rugged rock formations of the Yukon, razor sharp in brilliant sunshine. Watch cities like Beijing, Tokyo, and Dubai transform as day-to-day activity gives way to the brilliant energy of night. Witness New York’s Statue of Liberty and London’s Big Ben in their iconic glory. And it’s all shot by time-lapse and aerial pros.

Next time your budget keeps you from making a regional spot look national, or a national spot truly international, remember that Corbis Motion already has the footage to take you there.



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2013 AICP SHOW CHAIR AND COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED

Matt Miller, President and CEO of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, recently announced that Michael Di Girolamo, Partner/Executive Producer at Station Film, is the 2013 AICP Show Chairman...

Matt Miller, President and CEO of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, recently announced that Michael Di Girolamo, Partner/Executive Producer at Station Film, is the 2013 AICP Show Chairman. The Call for Entries for the AICP Show & Next Awards opens in early January 2013. 

 “It is a huge honor to serve as Chairman of the AICP Show,” said Di Girolamo.  “After 22 years, it’s truly the most important and relevant awards show in the U.S. The Show celebrates the craft of commercial filmmaking and provides a window into the culture of a given year.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling changes to the Show’s format and schedule. These changes will allow us to expand on its past successes, and reach and connect with a wider audience.”

 “Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the process,” noted Miller. “His expertise in recognizing creativity and excellence is a huge asset to the AICP Show.”

 Di Girolamo teamed with several accomplished partners in 2008 to form Station Film. Prior to that, he was the Head of Sales at Anonymous Content; during his tenure there, the company grew exponentially, winning several awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or. A native New Yorker, Di Girolamo began his career as a production assistant at MTV On-Air Promos. He rose through the sales ranks at several New York production companies, before moving to Los Angeles in 1997, where he joined Partizan@Propaganda, and later RSA Films, before focusing full time on Anonymous Content. 

 2013 AICP Show Committee

 As Show Chairman, Di Girolamo oversees a 33-member Show Committee, which is responsible for promoting and marketing the Show, and facilitating the judging process and selection of judges (the AICP Digital Chapter works with the Show Committee to select the judges for the Visual Effects, Animation and Design categories). He will also spearhead the selection of companies providing editorial, graphics and music to the Show reel. He serves on the Show’s Board of Governors, which is the final arbiter, charged with ensuring the quality of the Show and adherence to its rules.  The Next Awards Judging Panel will be announced shortly. 

 The Show Committee serving with Di Girolamo includes:  Steph Altman, Mophonics; Jeff Baron, Anonymous; Marlene Bartos, Yessian Music; Kevin Batten, Superfad; Denise Blate Roederer, Chelsea Pictures; Jacqueline Bosnjak, Q Department; Roe Bressan, Lively Group; Ned  Brown, Pay Dirt Pictures;  Maddi Carlton, HSI Productions;  Philip Fox-Mills, RSA Films; Becky Jungmann,  Station Film;  Cathleen Kisich, Caviar; Gisela Knijneburg, Smuggler; Mary Knox, Red Car; Rick Lopes, The Lopes Picture Co.; Andrea  Marcucci, Art Partner Film; Lisa Margulis, Directors Bureau; Charlie McBrearty, Shortlist; Melanie  McEvoy, Partizan; Vanessa McLean, Shortlist;  Steven Monkarsh, In House Reps;  Nicole Muniz,  B-Reel; Sue Rosen, Wry Wit; Michelle Ross, HSI Productions; Jamie Scalera, Miss Smith;  Yvette Sears,  Cosmo Street;  Sasha Stern, Miss Smith;  Sue Troyan, The Mill Jimmy Waldron, Smuggler; Cara Wenig,  Uber Content;  Kit Winter, Human; Maura Woodward, Cosmo Street; Roger Zorovich, Moxie.

AICP SPONSORS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

Positive accolades were overwhelming for the first State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, held last week by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and presented by Variety, of which the AICP was a Silver Sponsor.

Positive accolades were overwhelming for the first State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, held last week by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and presented by Variety, of which the AICP was a Silver Sponsor. The Chamber had organized the conference to focus attention on the importance of the industry to Southern California. “We believe this conference was an opportunity to bring industry experts together with public officials to discuss what needs to be done to maintain a healthy entertainment sector,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler.

Among the panelist for the discussion titled, “The Rundown on Ran-Away Production,” was AICP Vice Chairman Jerry Solomon, of Epoch Films, pictured below, seated closest to the podium. You can read Jerry’s blog by clicking here.

 

2012 AICP SHOW TOUR COMES TO A CLOSE

The 2012 AICP Show and Next Awards tour came to a close last week after making its final stops in Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, and Richmond...

The 2012 AICP Show and Next Awards tour came to a close last week after making its final stops in Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, and Richmond. Below are some snapshots of the action from the events. For more photos, please check out the Facebook feeds from AICP Midwest and AICP Florida.

 

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LOCAL 52 DEAL FINALIZED

We are happy to report that the agreement our National Labor Committee negotiated with the IATSE Local 52 (click here for previous report) was ratified by the union membership which is the final step to making this deal official...

We are happy to report that the agreement our National Labor Committee negotiated with the IATSE Local 52 (click here for previous report) was ratified by the union membership which is the final step to making this deal official. This allows us to now communicate the terms of this agreement to our membership with sufficient lead time before its effective date of December 30, 2012.

Once again, we wish to thank those who served on the negotiating team: Sally Antonacchio, The Artists Company; Gregg Carlesimo, @radical.media; Maddi Carlton, HSI; Robert Fernandez, Moxie Pictures; Allison Kunzman, SMUGGLER; Ralph Laucella, O Positive; Brent Perlman, Argyle Brothers; and to our legal counsel Bob Sacks of Kane Kessler.

With this new agreement, all of our AICP negotiated agreements now have the same parameters for low-budget commercials. Additionally, this new agreement allows for more flexibility for producers. The key points in the new agreement are:

1. Low budget commercials are defined as those with a daily cost of no more than $75K and an aggregate cost of no more than $300K – including director and markup but excluding talent and post. Wages may be individually negotiated with the employees and P&W is based on the contract scale wage rates. The production company is to notify Local 52 of the low-budget spot prior to booking crew.

2. PSAs: Wage rates are subject to individual negotiation and P&W contributions are based on contract scale rates.

3. Spec spots:  Wages are subject to individual negotiation and no P&W contributions are due. However, if the spot is sold to an agency or client or distributed for a public audience, the employees who performed covered work will be due scale plus P&W for their work on the spec spot.

4. Subcontracting is still prohibited under this agreement. Producers may, however, file a written request directly with the President of Local 52 for a waiver of this provision. For example, a company may file a request for a waiver if Local 52 does not have members with the requisite skills or equipment available to meet a client or agency request at the time needed for the job. The request for a waiver does not translate into the automatic granting of the waiver.

5. The Studio Zone: As of December 30, 2012, the facilities located in Bethpage Long Island, currently known as Gold Coast and Grumman, are considered locations “inside the 25 mile zone.”

6. Daily overtime/work week: Calculation and tracking of daily overtime premiums and 6th/7th day premium pay is based on the individual crew member’s call time and work time and is not based on the start times of any other employees in the department.

7. First Aid Employees are now represented by Local 52 and covered by this Agreement. There is no mandatory staffing but if a signatory producer hires a First Aid Employee for work on a commercial, that employee must be a Local 52 covered employee and paid under the terms and conditions of this contract.

8. Meal Allowance increases:

In town: total of $40 ($8 breakfast; $12 lunch; $20 dinner)
Out of town: total of $57 ($12 breakfast; $15 lunch; $30 dinner)


9. Benefit Contributions:


a. All employees employed within the New York City Zone shall have the applicable contributions made on their behalf to MPIPHP at rates set by MPIPHP, plus contributions payable to the MPI Individual Account Plans (IAP). (The current rate is $10.632 per hour worked or guaranteed, plus 6% of the scale hourly rate.)

b. AICP members shall contribute the aggregate sum of $95 per day to the IATSE National Health and Welfare, Pension and Annuity Funds for employee employed in or hired in the Philadelphia Zone, increasing to $100 on December 1, 2013, and to $105 on December 1, 2014.

c. AICP members shall contribute the aggregate sum of $80 per day for employees hired and employed in areas of the Local 52 jurisdiction other than the New York City and Philadelphia Zones increasing to $85 on December 1, 2013, and to $90 on December 1, 2014.


10. Wage Rates: Scale wage rates in the 2006-2011 Agreement are continued through December 28, 2012. Effective for December 29, 2012, the minimum daily call rate is increased by $5. On December 30, 2012, scale rates are increased by 4% (making up for no increase last year, while negotiations proceeded) and on December 1, 2013, scale rates are increased by 2%. A rate sheet may be found by
clicking here.

11. Term: December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2014.

12. DEADLINE: The deadline for signing this new agreement is February 15, 2013. Current AICP member companies who do not submit these documents prior to the February 15, 2013 deadline, will not be able to work under this AICP negotiated agreement.

If a company has not completed the signatory documents (found by clicking here) and sent them to Jane Nuñez at the AICP (janen@aicp.com) before you hire a member of Local 52 for your New York or Philadelphia job, you will have to sign an Independent Single Use agreement with that union to employ its members on your job. Once you have signed the AICP agreement, you may employ Local 52 members under our agreement for the first job after you become signatory.

Please feel free to contact Jane (
janen@aicp.com) if you have any questions about this new agreement or other labor issues.

DGA SAFETY GUIDELINES

During negotiations for the current contract with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), committees from the AICP and DGA created a set of handy safety guidelines for use during commercial productions...

During negotiations for the current contract with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), committees from the AICP and DGA created a set of handy safety guidelines for use during commercial productions.  Click here to view those guidelines.

AGREEMENT WITH LOCAL 817 EXTENDED

The AICP agreements with Teamsters Local 817 for drivers and location scouts/managers have been extended. The original expiration date of December 31st, 2012 has been extended through February 28th, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nunuez at janen@aicp.com...

The AICP agreements with Teamsters Local 817 for drivers and location scouts/managers have been extended. The original expiration date of December 31st, 2012 has been extended through February 28th, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Nunuez at janen@aicp.com .

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

AICP welcomes the following company to our growing General/Digital and Associate Memberships. Please click on the link provided for more info about them...

AICP welcomes the following company to our growing General/Digital and Associate Memberships. Please click on the link provided for more info about them.

GENERAL/DIGITAL

Unit9 - San Francisco, CA

Red Productions - Ft. Worth, TX  

Fixer, Inc. -  Los Angeles, CA

Greenhouse Productions, Scarsdale NY – Website Coming Soon

 

ASSOCIATE

The Colonie - Chicago, IL

TimeCard Specialists, Marina Del Rey, CA - Website Coming Soon