In lieu of the traditional awards luncheon this year, the Publicists of the  International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) celebrated their 57 year history with a highlight reel spotlighting “Who We Are and What We Do,” and a fundraiser supporting the Local 600 Hardship Fund, raising over $60,000 between donations received from publicists, studios and awards sponsors. The Fund assists fellow industry publicists and guild members who have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need support. The announcement was made by ICG Publicist Awards Chairs Tim Menke and Sheryl Main. 

Said Menke and Main in a joint statement: “Although we are not gathered together today at the Beverly Hilton for our Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon, we have two reasons to celebrate. First, our efforts in raising money for Local 600’s Hardship Fund were successful and incredibly impactful, raising over $60,000 thus far. We are grateful for each and every donation made and are so very heartened that these contributions will go directly to our members who need it most.

Secondly, we’ve had quite a storied history of Publicists Awards luncheons going back 57 years and are proud to celebrate ‘Who We Are and What We Do.’ We look forward to gathering in person next year, on February 25, 2022 to once again carry on our annual, festive publicist tradition.”

The Hardship Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to Local 600 members in need, based on lost workbecause of the industry’s coronavirus pandemic shutdown and financial difficulty. The Fund is administered through The Actors Fund.

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About THE ICG PUBLICISTS: Entertainment publicists first formed a union in 1937 as the Screen Publicists Guild, later becoming the Publicists Guild. In 2002, the Publicists Guild merged with the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600). The first Publicists Awards Luncheon was held in 1964 and has since grown to an event attended annually by around 800 publicists, press, motion picture and television industry leaders, and other IATSE leaders.  Motion Picture and Television Showmanship Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards have been bestowed upon numerous esteemed actors, directors and executives. Additional awards include the Maxwell Weinberg Awards for a Television Publicity Campaign and for a Motion Picture Publicity Campaign, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in Publicity, and the Bob Yeager Award for Community Service. The Guild also publishes an ICG Publicists Directory. For more information about the ICG Publicists Awards, visit: #PublicistsAwards  
About THE INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD (ICG) IATSE Local 600: The International Cinematographers Guild represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers’ union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn’t until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG’s ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.