Before merging with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 2012, the Screen Actors Guild represented over 105,000 film and television performers worldwide. The Guild was founded in 1933 in an effort to eliminate exploitation of actors in Hollywood who were being forced into oppressive multi-year contracts with the major studios. Today, SAG-AFTRA has over 160,000 members.
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is an entertainment guild which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry and abroad. Founded as the Screen Directors Guild in 1936, the group merged with the Radio and Television Directors Guild in 1960 to become the modern Directors Guild of America. It has a membership of over 12,000 individuals.
IATSE is a labor union representing over 119,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows. Founded in 1893 by stagehands who pledged to support efforts to establish fair wages and working conditions for its members, IATSE is one of the most powerful unions in show business.
Founded in 1921 as the Screen Writers Guild by ten screenwriters who became angered over wage reductions by Hollywood’s major studios, the SWG was one of five groups that merged to represent professional writers on both coasts and in 1954 was renamed the Writers Guild of America east and west. An AFL-CIO affiliate, the WGA currently boasts over 20,000 members worldwide.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is an American nonprofit performance-rights organization (PRO) that protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly. All of the music composers on Strata’s films have been ASCAP members.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three performing rights organizations in the United States, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. Several of the original songs featured in Strata’s films have been licensed by BMI.
La Confédération Générale du Travail is France’s largest trade union, boasting over 700,000 members. An affiliate of the CGT is the Syndicat des Professionnels des Industries de l’Audiovisuel et du Cinéma, which comprises union professionals who work in the audiovisual and cinema industries. For Strata’s production of its feature film The Camera, several CGT members will be employed.
L’Association des Producteurs de Cinéma (APC) is a major film producers’ guild in France whose original membership founded the Cannes International Film Festival. The APC is a key partner with all the other guilds in France’s motion picture industry, including writers, directors, actors, crew, distributors and exhibitors, and is an important liaison for Strata’s upcoming feature film The Camera.