Event - Understanding Unions.... (Los Angeles)

Saturday, 1 December 2012 - 9:30am - 12:00pm



Understanding Unions: The Good, The Bad &

Unknown Of Forming A Visual Effects

Collective Bargaining Organization

Visual Effects remains one of the few segments of the North American entertainment industry that is not unionized. There has been a lot of discussion on this across the industry on both sides of the issue. The Visual Effects Society is providing an opportunity to find out first-hand what is real and what is false about the idea of what a union and collective bargaining agreement can and cannot do.
Join us on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9:30AM to 12:00PM at the L.A. Film School, as VES presents a panel of industry leaders who have varying opinions on the topic, providing a balanced perspective to attendees.
Topics under consideration include:

  • Would the formation of a union better the lot of the VFX worker and the status and health of VFX companies in North America?
  • Is the union an unwieldy structure that would create additional burdens on North American companies and workers in the face of increasing global competition?
  • How would the formation of a union affect run-away production?
  • Can a union supply better and more cost effective health and pension coverage than a VFX company?
  • Will the producers accept the union as the VFX collective bargaining unit?
  • Will a union regulate work hours better?
  • What does a union really do?


Join us on December 1 as six industry leaders discuss these important issues.


Scott Dougherty - Executive Producer / Co-Owner, Furious FX, Inc.
Building off a career of production management and art department work for feature films, Scott Dougherty brings over 19 years of effects-specific knowledge as Executive Producer and Co-Owner of Furious FX, Inc in Burbank. For a decade he worked within and helped design the visual effects pipeline at Cinesite Hollywood...Full Bio
Steven J Kaplan - Organizer for The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE
Steve started his Organizers career in 2010 taking the job with The Animation Guild to help organize the animation and visual effects fields. As the Guild’s organizer, Steve interfaces with 839 members in many capacities. Steve has been instrumental in...Full Bio
Ellen Shadur - Attorney at Baker Hostetler
Ellen Shadur represents private and public entities in labor and employment matters. Her traditional labor practice includes representation of employers in collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the California Public Employment...Full Bio

John Parenteau - Managing Director
John began his professional career as a cinematographer for film and television after graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. While still enjoying success in cinematography, John discovered computer animation. Self-taught, he quickly learned how to adapt his love of the visual world to that of the digital.Full Bio

Bill Taylor, ASC, VES
Inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s miraculous effects in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) and by a lifelong interest in stage magic and sleight-of-hand, BILL TAYLOR ASC began his movie career at the Ray Mercer Co. in Hollywood, an optical optical effects company with roots in the silent film era...Full Bio

Marty Shindler - CEO,The Shindler Perspective
Marty is CEO of The Shindler Perspective, a husband & wife consulting practice with Big 4 (C of PWC) professional service firm and top 5 (Sloan @ MIT) business school credentials. The firm has worked all along the entertainment and entertainment technology value chain, and as a result, has deep insight into the inner workings of the various industry...Full Bio



Please RSVP below
Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:30AM to 12:00PM

Los Angeles Film School Theater
6363 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028






broadcast online?

Anonymous's picture
hi there, sounds great, will this event be broadcast online via webex or some other method or perhaps recorded and hosted for later viewing by a broader audience? I'm sure many are interested in this topic that can't make it to the event. many thanks, alex

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