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Producers, Guilds Ask President Biden To Keep Job-Creating Entertainment Biz Top Of Mind In Policy Agenda; “Our Industry Comprised Of Much More Than Red-Carpet Celebrities”

The Motion Picture Association, DGA, IATSE, IFTA, SAG-AFTRA along with the AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees have penned a letter to President Joe Biden urging the new administration to keep the job-providing, economy-stimulating film and television community in mind when hashing out policy.

As the industry ramps up calls to Washington D.C., the missive dated Feb. 18 and sent to the President this morning, says, “We will depend on the leaders you choose to manage key federal agencies to facilitate the recovery and continued success of the American creative economy, especially at posts within the White House, Justice Department, Commerce Department, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and key enforcement agencies. We hope you will make clear that these appointees will ensure that the federal government prioritizes copyright and the American creative sector when crafting and enforcing policies that affect us.”

As a whole, the letter said, the industry supports 2.5 million U.S. jobs across a spectrum of skills and trades, help finance 320,000 businesses in cities and small towns across the country and pay over $188 billion in wages annually, the group of producers and guilds noted.

The letter follows one Friday by an overlapping coalition directed at Senate leaders asking specifically for pandemic insurance relief, lack of which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of productions.

The letter today said the pandemic has put roughly 465,000 film and television jobs in the U.S. at risk, and that online piracy has spiked. Despite extensive protocols that have allowed filming to resume safely, production will not, however,

Article source: https://deadline.com/2021/02/producers-guilds-president-biden-to-keep-job-creating-entertainment-top-of-mind-in-policy-agenda-our-industry-comprised-of-much-more-than-red-carpet-celebrities-1234698207/

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