Hollywood’s location managers and scouts have formed a trade association, dubbed the Location Managers Guild, with the goal of improving the profession’s profile and cultivating more positive relationships with communities where filming takes place.
The Guild, which has incorporated as a not for profit mutual benefit corporation, has about 75 members and is hoping to sign up an additional 125 managers and scouts.
The Location Managers Guild plans to operate along the lines of other Hollywood trade associations such as the American Society of Cinematographers and the American Cinema Editors.
Hollywood location managers and scouts are already represented through the Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters. Guild spokesman Richard McMillan stressed that the Guild isn’t a labor union and plans to work in cooperation with Local 399.
The org also said it plans to start professional education and training programs along with a speakers bureau to emphasize the importance of retaining production in California.
The Guild plans to hold its first official annual meeting May 2 to elect a 21-member board.