On April 30, the Committee of Administrators of the AD/UPM Eastern Council of the DGA organized a Location Manager’s Cafe. The virtual event provided an opportunity for DGA site managers in New York and Chicago to discuss a wide range of topics and share valuable skills with each other.

The event brought together committee co-chairs Ellen Athena Catsikeas and Ryan Ferguson and committee members Christie Mullen, Lynn Powers and Morgan Roche in a series of discussions covering topics such as: best practices for negotiating one’s individual rate and conditions of employment on projects, working with site department team members affiliated with other unions, and ongoing industry dialogue with the office of the New York City Mayor. Members also reviewed DGA contractual matters relating to location managers, such as jurisdiction/minimum staffing and qualification list (QL) requirements.

the Coffee talk concluded with an open forum where participants could ask questions or provide comments.


ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Ellen Athena Catsikeas
Catsikeas Location Manager credits include feature films such as Michael D. Olmos windows to the worldby Gabriela Cowperthwaite Megan Leavey and that of Rebecca Miller The private life of Pippa Lee; Jennifer Lebeau’s documentary More problems; Jack Bender’s film for television Weekends in Bellevue; and episodes of Deception and Allegiance. She has been a member of the DGA since 2008 and sits on the Eastern AD/UPM Council and as Co-Chair of the Council’s Site Managers Committee.
Ryan FergusonRyan Ferguson
Ferguson’s Location Manager and Assistant Location Manager credits include such features as Jon Watts Spider-Man: Homecomingthat of Denzel Washington A newspaper for Jordan and Liesl Tommy’s Respect; mini-series including Thomas Schlamme and Minkie Spiro’s The Plot Against AmericaAva DuVernay’s When they see us and winner of Ben Stiller’s DGA Award Escape to Dannemora; and episodes of Decoupled and Bonding. He has been a member of the DGA since 2019 and is an alternate to the Eastern AD/UPM Council and co-chair of the Council’s Site Managers Committee.
Christie MullenChristie Mullen
Mullen’s Location Manager credits include such features as Sofia Coppola On the rocksby Robert DeNiro the good shepherd and Woody Allen A rainy day in New York, marvelous wheel, coffee company and irrational man as well as its TV mini-series Crisis in six scenes; and episodes of The press room. She has been a member of the DGA since 2004 and sits on the Localization Directors Committee of the AD/UPM East Council.
Lynn PowersLynn Powers
Powers Location Manager and Assistant Location Manager credits include features such as George LaVoo A dog yearby James DeMonaco Little New York and Woody Allen whatever works; films for television, including Barry Levinson’s DGA Award Father; and episodes of The good fight, Brain death, The good wife, Fringe and sex and the city. She has been a member of the DGA since 2008 and former co-chair of the Site Managers Committee of the AD/UPM East Council.
Morgan RocheMorgan Roche
Roche’s Location Manager and Assistant Location Manager credits include feature films such as Leslie Small Vacation Rush; films for television including Jesse Peretz constancy and Mike Newell The interesting; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s miniseries We own this town; and episodes of prodigal son, Sneaky Pete, The Punisher, The tick, daredevil and Inside Amy Schumer. She has been a member of the DGA since 2018 and sits on the localization manager committee of the AD/UPM East Council.

About the committee

The Eastern DA/UPM Council Site Managers Committee responds to the needs and concerns of members in this category. In addition to co-chairs Ellen A. Catsikeas and Ryan Ferguson, members of the East DA/UPM Council Localization Managers Committee are Michael Anthony, Gretchen Brown, Al Cohn, Eddy Collyns, Ana Cuadra, Katarina Dedicova, Josh Dorn , Guy Efrat, Kurt Enger, Michael Fucci, Nathan Gendzier, Joe Guest, Shane Haden, Paul Hamill, Samson Jacobson, Michael Kriaris, James Lee, Joanna Lu, Suk Yi Mar, Christie Mullen, Michael Nickodem, Stuart Nicolai, Lauri Pitkus, Lynn Powers, Morgan Roche.

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