Welcome to Local 161

Working to obtain the best possible working conditions for our members through collective bargaining.

Who We Are

We play vital roles within the film & television industry, working behind the scenes to “make it all happen”.

What We Do

Local 161 members help to determine and administer the protections enjoyed by industry professionals in 23 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a number of other employment related benefits.

Who's in IATSE Local 161?

Script Supervisors

Script Supervisors are responsible for the continuity of the story, acting as a liaison among departments to maintain the director’s choices regarding passage of time and logic. They are involved in tracking how various angles can be intercut and are expected to ensure there are enough angles to cover a given scene. Working closely with the camera department to properly label each shot, Script Supervisors create a log for the editor, recording a description and the accompanying lens information as shooting progresses and a visual representation of each angle with a corresponding line on the script page marking the material covered as an additional tool for the editor.

Production Coordinators

Production Coordinators represent the logistical behind-the-scenes backbone of every show. The role is vital as they are the head of all things off-set. They source equipment, communicate critical information, implement studio policies, work with legal and risk management to approve agreements, complete insurance claims and manage union compliance paperwork. On a show level, coordinators are also responsible for reporting of accounting paperwork to ensure an accurate financial picture. PCs work hand-in-hand with producers, studios and production managers. The production team consists of Production Coordinators and Assistant Coordinators, as well as Secretaries and Production Assistants. Many shows also require a Travel Coordinator to handle the heavy workload of travel and housing for the cast and crew.

Production Accountants

Production Accountants are the financial backbone of the production. Working closely with the producers, studio executives, and the production office, they are responsible for managing all payments, ensuring compliance, and maintaining financial records during film and television production. The production accounting department is made up of a Key  Accountant, First Assistant, Payroll Accountant, additional assistants, and clerks.

Interested in Being a Member of 161?

Local 161 members help to determine and administer the protections enjoyed by industry professionals in 23 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a number of other employment related benefits.