Media Services and Showbiz Software are proud to announce the release of three brand-new mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets. As first reported in the Hollywood Reporter, the production tools were released yesterday in conjunction with the annual Labor Guide Launch Party in Los Angeles, held at the W Hollywood.
The flagship app is the Showbiz Labor Guide, which mirrors the printed edition of the same name, but with easy touchscreen lookup of any wage rate from film and TV union agreements spanning the United States, such as IATSE, Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, DGA and WGA.
The drill-down menu allows producers and accountants to select region, agreement and occupation code to get wage and hour minimums sorted by schedule (Daily, Weekly, On Call, etc).
The Showbiz Directory app is a standalone mobile database of entertainment industry vendors and crew members in production centers across the country. Media Services eForms is a series of fillable, signable forms for employees working on film, TV and commercial productions. Many of the forms are specific to Media Services’ payroll division: now clients and their crew can fill out start paperwork and send it directly from their tablet devices.
All three apps are currently available in Apple’s App Store; the Labor Guide and Directory can also be found in the Google Play store. The Labor Guide was released with the introductory price of $19.99, while the other two apps are free.
In conjunction with the rollout, Media Services and Showbiz Software raffled off three iPads to attendees of last night’s launch party, where several hundred were in attendance. The New York launch party is slated for December 6 at Chelsea Manor. Register for it here.
Los Angeles Teamsters and Basic Crafts locals have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The agreement covers Local 399 Teamsters, Local 40 Electrical, Local 78 Plumbers, Local 724 Studio Utility, and Local 755 Plasterers and Cement Masons. Negotiations were concluded late last week, ahead of the current agreement’s expiration at the end of July.
In announcing the successful conclusion of negotiations, both sides touted the importance of keeping production in Los Angeles by avoiding a work stoppage.
“I believe the tentative agreement is fair and equitable for both parties,” said Local 399 president Leo T. Reed, who serves as chairman of the negotiating committee for Basic Crafts. “It is my sincere desire to keep as much production in Los Angeles as possible.”
Though the announcement did not release full details, the tentative agreement appears to follow the pattern of the IATSE Basic Agreement reached in April, which called for a 2% wage increase for each of the three years of the deal.
“The tentative agreement with the Basic Crafts Unions calls for additional funding of the health plan and the same two percent annual wage increase as has been negotiated in all recent AMPTP agreements,” said the producers’ alliance in a statement. “The deals will help keep productions working without interruption in the Los Angeles area and, for Teamsters Local 399, throughout the 13 Western states as the industry continues to adapt to the challenges of producing in today’s market.”
The tentative agreement will still need to be sent to the membership of the locals involved for ratification.