Georgia Production Safety Guidlines

A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
THE SAFE WAY FORWARD

This document represents what we believe to be a path for employers to provide a safer workplace for their cast and crew members in a pre-vaccine COVID-19 world. Taking action based upon these guidelines is an essential and necessary element of any such return to work.

This document was conceived and initially drafted by a DGA committee of working members, based upon close consultation with infectious disease epidemiologists and other experts including W. Ian Lipkin, Larry Brilliant and Baruch Fischoff. SAG-AFTRA was simultaneously but independently working on its own protocols through its President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Safety, its staff, and expert consultants including Jonathan Fielding, Mark Katchen, and Monona Rossol. IATSE was also engaged in a similar process with experts including Letitia Davis, Gregory R. Wagner and David H Wegman.

SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters all subsequently joined with the DGA in the effort to create this document.

These guidelines follow the Industry White Paper, developed by the Industry-Wide Labor- Management Safety Committee Task Force,1 that was recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California. While that White Paper offered a foundation for the appropriate state agencies to examine the resumption of production and provides guidance employers must follow to provide a safe working environment, it expressly provided that the specific protocols regarding mandatory testing, personal protective equipment, and department-specific procedures would be the subject of further discussions and agreement between the producers and the unions. These guidelines are our recommendations with respect to testing and department-specific protocols related to employees represented by DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters and the Basic Crafts (the “Unions”).

Not surprisingly, there’s been a wealth of smart and detailed work done by members of the industry all over the world on possible pre-vaccine safety guidelines. Some of that work is summarized and/or incorporated in Parts Three and Four of this document (by the way, if someone out there recognizes their work in these documents, THANK YOU VERY MUCH). What we are trying to describe and contribute is an organizing principle, an overlay; the granular detail that lies beneath can be tailored to each production.

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Announcement from Governor Kemp that the Film Industry is Open

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 12, 2020
Georgia Film, TV, Streaming Production Industry Is Open for BusinessAtlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that the major motion picture, television, and streaming companies plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers, who will be employed on an expected seventy-five production projects that will invest over $2 billion into the Georgia economy during the next eighteen months. This includes plans by producers to purchase goods and services from over 17,000 small Georgia businesses, according to the Motion Picture Association-America, which compiled the data from its members.

“The entertainment production industry is coming back and ready to jumpstart the Georgia economy by creating jobs and generating greatly needed investment and spending in communities across the Peach State,” said Governor Kemp.

The major production companies, which are members of MPA-America include The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros.

This announcement follows the “COVID-19: Georgia Best Practices for Film and Television” production guide for studios provided by the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), that complements the safety protocols recently released by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force, which will help to ensure a safe workplace environment and reduce the spread of the virus.

In 2019, the 391 film and television productions filmed in Georgia supported 3,040 motion picture and television industry businesses.”Production companies want to be in Georgia and create tens of thousands of jobs for workers across the state, and today’s announcement is welcome news as we continue safely reopening our state,” said Governor Kemp. “I thank the Georgia Film Office for their work during the pandemic, and I thank the production companies who always vowed to return to Georgia when the time was right for them to safely get back to work.”

“The creative arts and entertainment – particularly television and film – have long been driving forces in our economy, and they will be instrumental as we recover from the impact of the pandemic,” said Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston. “As a longtime supporter of this industry and the jobs it creates, I am proud of the strong partnership between Governor Kemp, the General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and production companies. Working together, we will keep Georgia the leading destination for film and television production – thousands of Georgia jobs depend on it.”

“The film industry plays a key a role in Georgia’s economy, and this is a major step forward as Georgia works to recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller. “I am grateful that the film industry is continuing to invest in the Peach State, and I applaud Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for working to ensure Georgia remains on the minds of the country’s leading film production companies.”

“On behalf of the Commission, I’d like to commend the Governor, the Georgia Film Office, and the production companies for their leadership in kick-starting the industry back up in Georgia,” said Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission Chairman Rep. Terry Rogers. “Obviously, film production is a huge part of Georgia being named the number one state for business for seven straight years. With production reopening, more Georgians will be going back to work, our economy will get a needed boost, and more small businesses will open and thrive. That’s a great asset to the Governor’s promise to make Georgia the number one state for small business and creates a win-win climate for everyone!”

“Georgia is open for business, and we look forward to an even stronger relationship with the film industry moving forward,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Thanks to the historic best practices guide, Georgia is able to safely send the tens of thousands of film and TV industry employees back to work and restart production. The economic impact of film touches local communities and small businesses across Georgia. We look forward to resuming the hundreds of productions across the state and to keeping Georgia as the nation’s film and TV capital.”

“Georgia is ready once again to resume the state’s thriving movie, TV, and streaming production industry,” said Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Association. “The terrific collaboration between the Georgia Film Office, local studios, production companies, and industry stakeholders to create these important guidelines will ensure a safe return to work for Georgians in our industry and play an important role in helping restart Georgia’s economy.

“Governor Kemp also recognized Georgia’s film industry workforce, which has used talents off the set to provide pandemic-related critical help and resources to essential businesses and workers.The Georgia Film Office spotlighted a few of these efforts. Support, resources, and assistance for industry professionals and businesses remain available on the Georgia Film Office website here.

For additional information on the impact of Georgia film in fiscal year 2019, click here.

Press Contacts

Candice Broce
Director of Communications & Chief Deputy Executive Counsel
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
candice.broce@georgia.govCody Hall
Press Secretary
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
cody.hall@georgia.gov

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WarnerMedia and AT&T Create $250,000 Relief Fund for Atlanta Arts & Cultural Institutions

Funds designed specifically to benefit the creative industry in Atlanta in a time of crisis.

by: Peter Stathapoulos

Below is an article published by Metro Atlanta CEO.

Metro Atlanta CEO is the leading publication exclusively targeting business owners and political leaders in the area. For more information about editorial or promotional opportunities, contact us today.

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GPP’s May COVID-19 Information Webinar

May 5, 2019 GPP Monthly COVID-19 Information Session
Navigating the COVID-19 Benefits Process

Here’s A Recap of May 5th’s Panel “Navigating the COVID-19 Benefit Process

By: Darius Evans

Tuesday May 5th’s meeting was live  streamed over Facebook, Youtube, and on the GPP website with Trish Taylor, GPP C0-President, as our moderator speaking with our  Allen Fox from the GA Film Office; Peter Stathopolous, GPP Gov’t Relations Chair; John Thomas, Partner, Element CPA, Christina Moore, Partner, Taylor|English; Bryan Jacoutot, Attny, Taylor|English; Becky Harshberger VP, Payroll Tax, Entertainment Partners; .

If you missed the stream don’t worry the meeting has been posted on the GPP Facebook page and Youtube channel so you’re able to get the resources provided by the panelists. They discuss the ongoing changes in the Federal PPP program as well as new insights into the Georgia State Unemployment Insurance process.

See slides below:

 

Upcoming GDEcD, DCA Webinars on Federal COVID-19 Assistance

GPP is flagging these webinars for next week on COVID-19 federal assistance. They will be offered in each region and will allow callers to ask questions at the end of the call: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/#webinars.

 

Read the Governors full release below.

Gov. Kemp, University of Georgia’s SBDC Provide Overview of CARES Act Funding

APRIL 02, 2020

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided an overview of the funding allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical funding will help small businesses keep workers employed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the University of Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Beginning April 6, these state partners will host a series of web-based information sessions tailored to each region of the state. In addition, SBDC will be available to assist businesses, where necessary.

The CARES Act provides funds for SBA to aid small businesses through its network of private small business lenders. Georgia has more than 70 qualified SBA lenders, and detailed information about the following vital lending programs can also be found HERE.

“Small businesses are the engine of Georgia’s economy and provide economic opportunity for millions of Georgia families,” said Governor Kemp. “As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, this critical resource will provide a lifeline to small businesses across our state. I am encouraging all Georgians to support their local businesses in this difficult time. We will get through this together.”

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development is continuing to work with our partners statewide to confront COVID-19 and move forward together,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We thank Governor Kemp, DCA, and SBDC for working together with us to better and more efficiently serve our state’s small businesses at this time of great need.”

“DCA is proud to work with our state partners to support the small businesses that are such a vital part of the communities we serve,” said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

“The University of Georgia has a strong track record of helping to develop new small businesses across the state. Assisting these firms to navigate COVID-19 aligns perfectly with our land-grant mission,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

7(a) Loan Payment Relief
SBA will pay the principal, interest, and any associated fees owed on 7(a) loans as follows:

▪ Existing borrower not on deferment: six months beginning with the next payment due on the loan;
▪ Existing borrower on deferment: six months of payments beginning with the next payment due on the loan after the deferment period; and
▪ New borrower: six months of payments beginning with the first payment due on the loan, but only for new loans made within the first six months starting from the date of enactment.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

▪ Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.
▪ Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.
▪ Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.
▪ The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.
▪ The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.
▪ The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

▪ Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.
▪ Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.
▪ Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.
▪ The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.
▪ The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.
▪ The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.

Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance

▪ Eligibility: Advances are available to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses in operation on January 31, 2020.
▪ For those that apply for the EIDL, an advance of up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses within several days of applying for the loan.
▪ The advance does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EDL.
▪ Funds can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments.

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
A new $349 billion lending program under the existing SBA 7(a) program. The SBA guarantee of PPP loans will be 100 percent through the end of 2020. PPP loan payments will be deferred for a minimum of six and up to twelve months. Loans will be administered through local and regional banks; any federally regulated bank may become an SBA lender for this purpose. The Department of the Treasury will issue regulations for these loans quickly.

▪ Eligibility: Small businesses as defined by SBA size standards, generally up to 500 employees, but up to 1,500 depending on the sector; sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors.
▪ The interest rate will not exceed 4 percent; currently fixed at 0.5 percent.
▪ Regulatory streamlining: SBA’s standard “no credit elsewhere” test is waived, no personal guarantee or collateral required, and no additional fees will be applied to these loans.
▪ Size of loans: Up to $10 million. Loan amount is based on recent payroll costs, compensation paid to individuals, including those who are self-employed. Compensation in excess of $100,000 per year to any individual is excluded.
▪ Requirements: The business must certify the loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities.
▪ Loans may be forgiven, up to an amount equaling eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility cost, incurred during the eight-week period starting from the loan origination. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual will not qualify for forgiveness. Additionally, loan forgiveness is reduced by layoffs or pay reductions in excess of 25 percent, and loan forgiveness is not treated as taxable income.

Should you need assistance, the UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available. Contact information for every office is available HERE.

 

Contact Director of Communications & Chief Deputy Executive Counsel

 

Candice Broce

candice.broce@georgia.gov

GPP’s First Virtual Membership Meeting

Here’s A Recap of April 7th’s Panel “COVID-19: Impact, Resources, and Hope For The GA Entertainment Industry.

By: Briana Franklin

This past Tuesday marks Georgia Production Partnership’s first virtual membership meeting and as the organization plans the first of many for the upcoming months. Tuesday April 7th’s meeting was streamed over Facebook, Youtube, and on the GPP website with Peter Stathopoulos, GPP Government Relations Chair, as our moderator speaking with our GPP Lobbyist, Lewis Massey, Lee Thomas and Allen Fox from the GA Film Office, Alduan Tartt, Celebrity Psychologist, and Molly Coffee, Executive Director Film Impact GA.

If you missed the stream don’t worry the meeting has been posted on the GPP Facebook page and Youtube channel so you’re able to get the resources provided by moderator Peter Stathoupolus and Allen Fox from the GA Film Office. They discuss recently rolled out programs to help COVID-19 affected businesses and workers, not forgetting 1099 and gig workers who may not be able to follow the traditional route to receive unemployment.

See slides below:

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Molly Coffee talks about access to resources to uplift creatives during this time by reminding us to “take advantage of opportunity in crisis.” There are platforms offering access to resources like Sundance Collab opening up their online master classes for free and Film Impact GA having a #AskAPro Live with Angela Barnes Gomes, Director of Atlanta’s Soul Train TV series. 

Dr. Tartt offers tips for Reducing Anxiety During COVID-19, suggestions that for many will help with maintaining a healthy routine during the stay-at-home order. “It’s more important than anything to practice self care during this time.” For those who are natural list checkers and need a daily routine to stay balanced, “finding your purpose will keep you grounded.” So whether it’s taking a walk in the morning to get a dose of nature or repurposing those skills you’ve lost sight of in the next few weeks, maintaining a self curated schedule for what works best for you will be key. 

See his presentation below:

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Link to the Live stream below:

What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus

https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2020/03/11/what-freelancers-need-to-know-about-coronavirus/

This post was first published on March 11, 2020, and updated March 25, 2020. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

With cities across the country shutting down to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every industry is feeling the pinch.

Government relief programs for freelancers

As policies are changing daily, your best bet to stay up to date on relief efforts in your area is to follow the local news (and call your representatives to demand they include freelancers in their work!). Here’s an incomplete list of the changes that have been made so far:

Tax filing deferredThe new federal deadline for tax filing and the first quarterly payment of the year is now July 15. State tax deadlines are up to their discretion, so make sure to double-check before you assume you’re off the hook on April 15.

Health insurance updates: In a number of states, including New York and California, the enrollment period has been reopened so you can buy health insurance on the marketplace for a limited time. In addition, many insurers (including EmblemHealth and Oscar, our partners in NY) are covering the costs of COVID-19 screening and tests, so if you’re feeling sick, you won’t pay out of pocket to get tested.

Evictions halted: Falling behind on rent or mortgage payments shouldn’t be another source of worry right now. Many cities have suspended all eviction proceedings, and the federal government has instructed HUD to do the same. If you live in a HUD property or have a mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Authority, you’re safe from eviction and foreclosure right now.

Paid sick leave passedAmong the emergency measures signed into law so far is an act that extends paid sick leave and paid family leave to small business owners and freelancers, which can be claimed as a credit on your taxes. Get the details here.

Aid programs available: If you experience a loss of income, the federally funded LIHEAP program can help with your utility bills. And be sure to check out this crowdfunded list of resources for freelance artists, including emergency grants, job postings, and more.

In New York City, if your work schedule has been reduced and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant to get benefits for emergencies. Apply online here.

And be sure to check out these crowdsourced resource guides for lots more info on grants, free workshops, and mutual aid programs:

Gig Workers Collective’s COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources

Get Involved

Here are two actions you can take to help support your fellow freelancers now:

1. Call your city and state representatives to demand they include freelancers in all relief programs. Freelancers Union is pushing to ensure that any financial safety nets that are implemented in this moment of economic crisis include freelancers. Our plan comprises the following:

  1. Establish a temporary emergency measure to provide zero-interest loans to small businesses, including freelancers.
  2. Establish disaster unemployment assistance programs that include all working freelancers and self-employed workers who have lost income due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  3. Institute tax breaks and deferments of tax payments for self-employed individuals.

2. Take our survey. We’re collecting information on how the coronavirus has impacted freelancers. Please take two minutes to fill out our survey about how you’re being affected by the pandemic! Your responses will help guide our advocacy and relief work.

Stay safe

Stock up. In addition to must-haves like breakfast cereal and wine, think about the things you need to get your work done. Shipping supplies? Printer paper? Whatever it is, try to have at least a two-week supply on hand.

Stay home. Social distancing is the best way to contain the spread of the virus, and many cities are implementing policies that ban public gatherings, close restaurants, bars, and event spaces, and even require all nonessential activity be ceased. If you absolutely need to leave the house, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands thoroughly, and don’t touch your face.

Upgrade your space. Have you been considering boosting your internet service? Getting a bigger monitor for your desk? If your budget can handle it, now’s a good time to make your home office more comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot more time here for the foreseeable future.

Keep learning. If your business is impacted, use the downtime to take on a big project you haven’t been able to find the time for—whether that’s mastering SEO or learning to knit. It doesn’t have to be professionally productive (though we always respect the hustle!), as long as it’s satisfying to you and keeps your brain engaged. And who knows? You might find a whole new revenue stream while you’re at it!

Be kind to yourself. For many freelancers, working from home is business as usual. But if you’re used to coworking or working from an office, the shift can feel isolating. Check out our tips for making the most of this time, and don’t beat yourself up if you’re not as productive as usual for a while.

Get creative. There’s no telling at this point how long this outbreak will last, so if you’ve got appointments or events on your calendar for the next few months, now’s the time to figure out how to make them happen virtually. Fitness instructor? Offer one-on-one FaceTime training sessions. Business consultant? Turn your workshops into Zoom meetings.