Gordon, Koch unveiled new campaign

The Producers Guild of America is making a major push among its members to hire only from the 4,200 members of the guild.

Co-presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch unveiled the “Hire from Within” campaign Thursday in a message to members.

“If you don’t hire from within, we can’t build the integrity of the producing profession, as well as the vitality of the organization,” the duo said. “And if you’re working with someone who is not a member, but is qualified to join us, recruit them to become a member of the Guild.”

The co-presidents also announced that the trade organization — which has no collective bargaining agreements — has bolstered the “jobs” portion of the PGA website (producersguild.org) and asked that members activate an online profile and resume.

The PGA generally requires that producers meet credit requirements to join with either two feature films, two longform TV programs, 13 air weeks of television episodic programs, 26 air weeks of non-episodic TV programs or two new media projects that have broad domestic or verifiable international release.

Gordon and Koch, who started a two-year term last month, also said that enhancing the jobs outlook for members was one of their key goals along with continuing to protect the Producers Code of Credits and improving healthcare benefits.

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