From Film School to Grey’s Anatomy with Greg Reeves
In order to join the IATSE 728, you have to be working on a production that “flips” (goes from non-union) for at least 30 days. As he explains, “If you’re working in L.A., you have to be in 728—we’re the only union that covers our work (lighting) specifically.” Once he joined the union, Reeves’ career and income accelerated and he’s been working steadily ever since on projects ranging from TV shows like Dharma and Greg and Gray’s Anatomy to major motion pictures like Star Trek (reboot), released in 2009.
Until the recent elections in 2015, Reeves was president of the union and, prior to that, had served as an executive board member, vice president and central labor council member, so he is even more intimately aware how the union benefits its members. As a labor union, IATSE 728 is, naturally, involved in negotiations and offering its members tangible benefits. Equally as important is the availability of free safety and training classes to keep members up to date on the latest technology and enabling them to further develop their skills. Reeves notes that, “Alan Rowe [who was recently elected president of Local 728] has been the training director and works tirelessly for the organization, developing a world class safety and training program, as well as craft specific classes.”