New name, new look, new book for the Techos’ Guild

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The NZ Film & Video Technicians Guild – better known far and wide as the Techos’ Guild – is celebrating its 30th birthday with a new name, a fresh logo and website as well as revised labour guidelines for the engagement of screen industry crew while working in New Zealand.

The Guild, which currently has 400 members representing many different sectors of the New Zealand screen industry, has formally changed its name to the Screen Industry Guild (full name: the Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated).

One of the key focuses of the guild for many years has been the development and publication of the industry-accepted code of practice when engaging screen production crew in New Zealand. The previous edition, printed in 2004 and known colloquially as The Blue Book, formalises labour conditions for those working on film, television, video and digital productions in New Zealand.

The 2017 revision, revealed in Auckland last night, brings The Blue Book up-to-date with current New Zealand labour laws as well as the newer health and safety legislation. It was negotiated by the Screen Industry Guild with both the Screen Production & Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) and the New Zealand Advertising Producers Group (NZAPG).

Ensuring Kiwi film sets are a safe place for all personnel to work has been a long-time focus of the guild which continues to play pivotal role as an advocate for workplace health and safety in the local screen sector.

The Screen Industry Guild (then called The Techos’ Guild) was the driving force behind the establishment of Screensafe, an industry-wide collaboration between screen industry funders, guilds and regional film offices whose aim is to support and promote health and safety in the New Zealand screen sector.

Also, the guild’s new branding has been revealed including a new-look logo and an updated members’ website:

“The Techos’ Guild has been at the forefront of the development of the New Zealand film industry over the last three decades,” says guild president Richard Bluck.

“As we move forward the guild has chosen to rebrand itself to meet the challenges of the next three decades and beyond,” he said.

“With the move to digital formats and new screen distribution methods we embrace a wider group of screen members to ensure the industry remains a collaborative industry.”

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