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Your Health & Safety is Paramount to Everyone Here at ThxPhil

Below, you can find notices and links to resources that ThxPhil has received in the past several days regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. ThxPhil will update this page with more information as it becomes available in the coming days.

June 1, 2020

Industry-Wide Labor-
Management Safety Committee Task Force

Guidelines for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

May 4, 2020

Entertainment Industry Union Leaders to Discuss Combating the Pandemic

An all-star lineup of entertainment industry union leaders will take part in a press conference Wednesday to discuss how they are dealing with the industry’s coronavirus shutdown.

April 27, 2020

Reopening Hollywood: Tyler Perry Lays Out Restart Plan

Speaking with Deadline over the weekend, Perry shared a plan to get production on his multiple TV series up and running in June at his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios with a strict protocol.

April 23, 2020

Member Update Regarding Force Majeure

The issues surrounding production shutdowns related to COVID-19, including the applicability of Force Majeure language from our collective bargaining agreements, are specific and situational.

April 18. 2020

Beware of Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus scams are on the rise. SAG-AFTRA members are reminded about protecting personal information as criminals may attempt scams related to the federal government’s upcoming stimulus checks.

April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Relief is Coming

We are writing today with news of relief efforts from our union, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan, the federal government, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund.

March 19, 2020

Relief To Entertainment Industry’s Unemployed

California Rep. Adam Schiff is leading efforts in Congress to secure relief benefits for freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry who have lost work because of coronavirus shutdown.

March 16, 2020

Watch Out for Fundraising Scams

BE WARY of any online effort purporting to raise funds to help SAG-AFTRA members. The union has become aware of fraudulent fundraising efforts posted online at various sites including

March 15, 2020

Fed Cuts Rates To Near Zero

The Federal Reserve is stepping in to help the coronavirus-stricken economy, making an emergency announcement today that it will cut interest reates to near-zero and inject $700 billion into a quantitative easing program.

March 14, 2020

Coverage for coronavirus testing & related doctor visits

As reported in the news, the coronavirus continues to spread to populations worldwide. Given the importance of testing for the COVID-19 disease, the Board of Trustees has approved coverage of COVID-19-related testing and doctor visits for Health Plan participants.

March 14, 2020

COVID-19. Let us know if we can help.

Amid ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus COVID-19, Citi is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has taken a number of precautionary measures.

March 11, 2020

We Have You Covered

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is here, and the Health Plan is here to help. If you or a dependent need to get screened or tested for COVID-19, the Health Plan will cover 100% of your cost-sharing (including deductible and co-insurance) for both in-network and out-of-network tests and screening.

May 20, 2020

California's Film, TV Production Guidelines Rolling Out May 25

The governor on Wednesday announced the upcoming sectoral guidelines during an Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour conversation with industry leaders.

April 27, 2020

Hollywood Maps Out Its Return With On-Set Protocols

Studios are debating a phased approach that includes pretesting for antibodies, quarantining sets and packaged meals: "The days of doing an eight-episode show and traveling to five countries are done."

April 25, 2020

Big Companies Landed PPP Loans. And They'll Be Back for More

On Friday, President Trump approved a new $484 billion stimulus measure, including a $320 billion boost for the PPP, which the SBA and U.S. Treasury anticipate redeploying April 27.

April 23, 2020

Reporting Residual Payments & Holding Fees

Section 1279: If an individual earns wages in a week for which benefits are claimed, his or her weekly benefit amount will be reduced by earnings in excess of $25 or in excess of
25 percent of the earnings.

April 18, 2020

COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Employers should plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in the community and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

March 27, 2020

CARES Act Notable Benefits for SAG-AFTRA Members

Some of the highlights from the new relief package include increased maximum unemployment benefits through July 31 and extended unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

March 16, 2020

Your Guild Is Here For You

Your health and safety continue to be our top priority. That’s hand-in-hand with our commitment to supporting you. As everything continues to change, we’re working hard on your behalf, and continuously re-evaluating how we adjust to meet your needs.

March 16, 2020

No Out-of-Pocket Costs for Coronavirus Testing

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving situation. As your health plan partner, we care about your safety and have elected to provide coverage for testing at no cost to our participants.

March 15, 2020

L.A. Mayor Garcetti Orders Closure Of Theaters

As a preventative measure, Mayor Garcetti announced that he has now taken executive action to close all movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until March 31.

March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Impact on Film & TV Production

The fate of scripted television production is very much in flux as the world grapples with the coronavirus. Networks and studios are scrambling to make decisions, taking things on a case-by-case scenario given the unprecedented nature of the global pandemic.

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Given all of the recent news about the COVID 19 outbreak and subsequent volatility in the financial markets, I wanted to reach out with an update on City National’s preparedness and also offer a few thoughts about how we can help you through this uncertainty.

May 6, 2020

British Film Commission Draft Safety Protocols

The BFC’s Film And TV Production Codes of Practice aims to provide the government with a “comprehensive and realistic vision” for how big-budget productions can return to work safely.

April 28, 2020

COVID-19: Emergency Relief Fund

We provide temporary financial assistance for needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can help with issues including health insurance, mental health assistance, rent, food, and other essentials.

April 20, 2020

A Message to Professionals in the Entertainment Industry

We come together on behalf of our respective memberships to ensure coordination between our efforts to secure relief, financial support and other critical assistance for the working professionals in this industry.

April 18, 2020

Important information about Economic Impact Payments

Recently, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Federal Government began delivering Economic Impact Payments to eligible Americans.

April 15, 2020

Reopening Holllywood: The Pandemic Problems Studios Are Trying To Solve Before The Restart

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a six-point guide to how California will reopen its economy as officials weigh lifting restrictive orders.

March 20, 2020

What you can and can’t do under ‘Stay at Home’ order

40 million Californians were ordered to stay home and leave only for essential as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. The state has issued guidelines regarding the “Stay at Home” order.

March 16, 2020

Video-Based Office Visits

Due to the fear of transmitting COVID-19, many therapists and doctors are insisting that they meet with their patients via Skype or other electronic means. Doing so may reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, both to patient and doctor.

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the WGAW recognizes that members may experience disruptions to their work, family lives, and financial security. Your union has compiled the following resources to help writers weather the uncertainty of this crisis.

March 14, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, your team at ThxPhil Business Management will be out of the office working safely from remote locations. We want to assure everyone that we are available and will continue to work for you during this time.

March 14, 2020

Government Advisories & Carrier Bans

As American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are dedicated to keeping our clients and travelers informed with the latest updates on COVID-19.

March 13, 2020

Notification to Members Regarding COVID-19

SAG-AFTRA members working on television, film, commercial sets and broadcast facilities throughout the country and the world are facing uncertainty as employers adjust their operations or shut down in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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