The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees today announced the creation of two new divisions effective June 4. IATSE’s Broadcast division, separate from the union’s Motion Picture and Television division, will focus on reality TV and other unscripted television. “Representation of broadcast technicians remains an integral part of this Union, and this change will bring added focus and prominence to those crafts,” said union president Matthew Loeb today. Sandra England, currently at IATSE’s Seattle office, will head the Broadcast Division.
The new Education and Training division is intended to help union members broaden their skills. Former union representative Patricia White will run Education and Training. Additionally the union says that its Organizing division will now become part of the Stagecraft division. This is intended, says the union, to give Stagecraft the integration abilities and advantages that the other divisions of Motion Picture and Television Production, Tradeshow and Canadian Affairs already have.
IATSE represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada.
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