There are some scheduled changes that will take place as of April 1, 2011 in the AFM Commercials Contract and the SAG/AFTRA Commercials Contracts for both radio and television which will affect advertising costs.
AFM Pension contributions increase to 13.08% on April 1, 2011. This is a Federally mandated increase that was scheduled for implementation in two phases. The first increase took place on June 1, of 2010 (to 12.48%) with the second increase to 13.08% scheduled to take effect on 4/1/11. Continue reading... “Payroll changes for SAG/AFTRA Contracts”
An article this week in Oregon Business Magazine highlighted film production in the southern region of the state. Producer, Gary Kout, founder and director of SOFAT made note of the production upturn due in part to diverse locations and experienced crew. For the details read here.
Attending our Annual Meeting was Governor Kulongoski, members of the Governor’s Office of Film & Television Board, as well nominees for the annual awards and a large audience of industry professionals at the newly rennovated Lincoln Performance Hall at PSU on Friday evening. PSU‘s technical team made it possible to catch up on industry happenings in Ashland, Bend and Eugene via live broadcast by teleconference bridge.
Since September Paydogs has been set up as an Oregon vendor providing fiscal support services to media productions in Oregon. It’s been an exciting 3 months as we’ve run payroll for two features, and have continued to expand the scope of what we are able to offer.
I was approached several times to take over an established camera car company. After being employed by them for several years, an opportunity presented itself. I didn’t want to go it alone. One phone call to a long time friend and the decision was made. Oregon now had Elite Camera Cars LLC. A new partnership built by four Oregonians.
Gearhead Grip & Electric has been practicing sustainable methods for a long time – full recycling on it’s trucks and trash disposal for customers, green holiday gifts etc etc. – but last week they took their commitment to the next level when Don Rohrbacker decided to employ about 15 brush-munching goats to clear their truck yard (a 50 x 50 foot lot). Continue reading... “Go Green -Got Goats?”
Fluid Images, based in Sisters, Central Oregon, is being honored by OSU in receiving the “Orange Spotlight” award. (The award singles out companies that, amongst other things, are innovative, stimulate and support the local economy as well as hire skilled and talented OSU alums).