BC Producers Branch

CMPA-BC represents over 100 independent production companies based in British Columbia.

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For information about CMPA-BC governance, read about our by-laws or please contact:

Liz Shorten
Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services
604-694-2711
liz.shorten@cmpa.ca

The BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC) is a provincial chapter of the CMPA, working on behalf of British Columbia production companies.

The branch has four key operational priorities: government relations, industrial relations, export and industry development. CMPA-BC has its own eight-member branch council and operating by-laws, which adhere to the regulations and direction of the CMPA national organization.

Like the national organization, CMPA-BC promotes its members interests. Here’s how:

  • We negotiate labour agreements with BC guilds and unions to establish rates of pay, hours of work and other conditions of employment.
  • We advocate for BC’s film, television and digital media sector with all levels of government.
  • We hold conferences, seminars and workshops that help build the capacity of BC-based companies.
  • We organize export development initiatives that take member producers to global markets to meet production and financing partners.
  • We liaise, recommend and consult to and with the CMPA national organization on all issues that affect our members.

What’s new

CMPA-BC First time to Prime Time Grant

In order to ensure a strong representation of BC production talent at the CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference, CMPA-BC is once again offering registration and travel grants for BC members.

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BC Books on Screen

In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC), CMPA-BC is organizing Books on Screen, a publisher-producer B2B event to be held on Monday, October 29, 2018.

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BC Ministry of Transportation issues bulletin regarding motion picture industry

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a National Safety Code Bulletin regarding off-duty time for drivers of commercial vehicles in the Motion Picture industry.

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BC labour agreements and fees

Contact

Jason Lee
Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations
1-604-694-2712 /
1-866-390-7639 ext. 124
jason.lee@cmpa.ca

Jennifer Buchanan
Director, BC Industrial Relations & Member Services
1-604-682-8619 /
1-866-390-7639 ext. 123
jennifer.buchanan@cmpa.ca

The CMPA-BC Industrial Relations team negotiates and administers collective agreements on behalf of our members.

These agreements govern the engagement of actors, directors, writers, technicians and other production personnel in British Columbia’s screen-based production industry. Our goal is to shape and maintain a favourable labour environment for BC’s film, television and digital media producers. This includes fielding inquiries from our members about labour-related concerns, and offering guidance and support where needed.

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Contact the BC Industrial Relations team for:

  • Interpretation of collective agreements
  • Advice on industry practice
  • Assistance in dispute resolution, to avoid costly arbitration
  • Support and, where appropriate, representation

Labour agreements

British Columbia & Yukon Council of Film Unions Master Agreement

The British Columbia & Yukon Council of Film Unions Master Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for labour technicians from IATSE 891 (technical crew including grip, props, construction, transportation, set decorating, hair, makeup and wardrobe), IATSE 669 (camera and publicity crew) and Teamsters 155 (including transportation and catering). This agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

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UBCP Animation Agreement

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP) Animation Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for performers engaged in animation production on English-language production in British Columbia. UBCP is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).

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UBCP BC Master Production Agreement

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP) BC Master Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on-camera and off-camera performers engaged on English-language production in British Columbia and the Yukon. UBCP is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). The UBCP BC Master Production Agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

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DGC BC Collective Agreement

The Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia District Council (DGC BC) Collective Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for directors, production managers, assistant directors, location department personnel and other professionals engaged on productions in BC and the Yukon. This agreement is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

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ACFC West Local 2020 UNIFOR Collective Agreement

The Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople Local 2020 UNIFOR (ACFC West) Collective Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for a number of technical crew—including grip, props, construction, transportation, set, hair, makeup and wardrobe—engaged on productions in BC.

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WGC Independent Production Agreement

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) IPA establishes the terms, conditions and rates for writers, story editors and story consultants engaged on English-language productions in Canada. The WGC IPA is jointly negotiated by the CMPA and its French-language counterpart, the AQPM.

In September 2017, the CMPA, AQPM and WGC agreed to a contract extension to June 30, 2019 with a 1% increase, effective January 1, 2018.

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Fee summary

Union/guild
Production type
CMPA member (max rate)
Non-member (no max rate)
ACFC West
All (includes per episode)
1.0% no maximum
1.0%
BC & Yukon Council of Film Unions
Series
Feature, MOW, pilot
High-budget feature (labour costs over $4 million), mini-series
1.0% or $1,500/episode
1.0% or $2,000/production
1.0% or $4,500/part
2.0%
2.0%
2.0%
DGC-BC
All (includes per episode)
1.0% no maximum
2.0%
WGC
(Also applicable to national productions)
Series
Feature, MOW, pilot
Mini-series
2.75% or $2,000/episode
2.75% or $3,000/production
2.75% or $3,000/part
3.5%
3.5%
3.5%
UBCP
(Gross performer payroll under $2 million)
Series, mini-series
Feature, MOW
1.0% or $3,000/episode
1.0% or $3,000/production
2.0%
2.0%
UBCP
(Gross performer payroll over $2 million)
All (excludes series)
1.0% or $5,000/episode
2.0%
UBCP Animation
All
0.5% no maximum
1.0%

BC policy and advocacy

CMPA-BC actively represents the priorities of the independent production sector to government and related organizations.

On behalf of our members, we advocate in critical policy areas such as business development, funding, tax policy and export with municipal, provincial and federal governments. Where a provincial issue needs to be raised, CMPA-BC also appears before parliamentary and legislative committees to give insight into the development of policy, regulation and legislation.

CMPA-BC often collaborates with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) in joint government relations efforts. At the agency level, the CMPA regularly consults with the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC to ensure that those programs respond to the needs of independent producers.

 

 


(Left to right) Brian Hamilton, Steven Thibault, Kim C. Roberts, Rob Simmons, Trevor Hodgson, Andrew Williamson, Kim Dent Wilder, Erin Haskett

BC Producers Branch Council

The BC Producers Branch Council focuses on issues of concern to CMPA members in BC. And while the Branch has its own by-laws and Branch Council it abides by the rules, regulations and direction of the CMPA. The Branch Council meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues of importance to BC members.

Kim Dent Wilder

Brian Hamilton

Erin Haskett

Trevor Hodgson

Vice-Chair
First Look Media

Kim Roberts

Honalee Productions

Rob Simmons

Steven Thibault

Secretary
BRON Studios

Andrew Williamson

CMPA-BC staff

Jennifer Buchanan

Director, BC Industrial Relations & Member Services

604-694-2713

Jennifer is part of the Industrial Relations team in the BC office of the CMPA. This means she participates in collective bargaining and advises members on a range of labour-related matters, including agreement interpretation, health and safety, training, and employment best practices.

As a member of BC’s highly collaborative production environment, Jennifer works alongside unions and guilds, provincial offices and other key industry stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the motion-picture industry. In this pursuit, Jennifer is a proud member of the Motion Picture Community Initiative, Reel Green, Actsafe and the BC Motion Picture Training Society. Jennifer is also responsible for reporting to the BC Branch Council on revenue and statistics, as well as a number of other member-focused projects and events.

Prior to joining the CMPA in 2012, Jennifer worked in labour relations and human resources for a number of private and public firms, including the National Health Service in the UK.

Jennifer holds a BSc in business administration and human resources management from the University of London, and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources in Canada and the UK.

Jennifer’s favourite Canadian movie is Hard Core Logo. As a big fan of Canadian music, she also loves Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Feist, Basia Bulat, The Tragically Hip, Dan Mangan and Matthew Good.

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Victoria Bull

Administrative Coordinator

604-694-2715

Linda Hay

Director, Special Projects

604-694-2717

Linda supports the CMPA’s BC membership with professional and export development, events, sponsorship and industry initiatives.

Examples of the ongoing projects under Linda’s supervision are Western Economic Diversification programming, identifying and filling gaps in IP development in BC, community engagement, small business support, and producer workshops and masterclasses.

Linda has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian media industry. She began working as an independent producer and production manager on Canadian film and television productions such as Dirty and Madison, then shifted to work behind the scenes at NABET 700 in Toronto. In 2002, she joined Omni Film in Vancouver, where she oversaw the rapid growth of the company in the areas of series development and production, including Arctic Air and Ice Pilots NWT. Most recently, Linda was working with the team at TELUS STORYHIVE, providing funding for emerging content creators in Western Canada. Linda previously consulted with the CMPA in the areas of industrial relations and research.

In her first career, Linda was a reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper on Vancouver Island. She also studied English literature and film at the University of British Columbia.

Linda is excited about the emerging wave of digital content and talent in Canada, exemplified by the Vancouver web series The Drive—which also exemplifies how storytelling can be both local and universal.

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Jason Lee

Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations

604-694-2712

Jason oversees industrial relations for the BC Producers Branch of the CMPA, representing independent producers in collective labour matters and serving as a member resource for collective agreement interpretation and production practices.

As the lead negotiator in collective bargaining on behalf of the BC Branch Council, Jason is responsible for the negotiation and management of the CMPA’s labour agreements with BC’s guilds and unions, which represent writers, directors, performers and technicians. He assists members in the preparation of grievances and arbitrations, and represents the independent production sector in matters of employment standards, health and safety, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Jason was vice-president of business and legal affairs with SEVEN24 Films, managing business and financial matters for the Canadian series Heartland, Young Drunk Punk and Wynonna Earp. During this time, he was co-chair of the CMPA’s national IR committee and was a producer representative in collective bargaining with ACTRA, the DGC and the WGC. Previously, Jason worked as an independent corporate, commercial and feature-film producer.

Jason received an honours BA and MA in social anthropology from the University of Calgary, and attended the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program Producers Lab.

Jason’s favourite Canadian TV series is The Kids in the Hall because it was irreverent and subversive, and remains funny 25 years later.

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Ryan MacArthur

Office Manager

604-694-2710

Ryan oversees the general office management of the BC Producers Branch and is the corporate secretary to the Branch Council.

Ryan acts as a point of contact for BC members and assists with the coordination of BC sponsorship commitments and networking events. In addition, Ryan is responsible for the administration of the BC accounts.

Prior to the CMPA, Ryan worked at BC Hydro as a business analyst with the SAP PPM Application Support team, analyzing education materials for consolidation and redevelopment. Before BC Hydro, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a client account associate, acting as a liaison between clients and senior management and assisting with the facilitation of the audit process.

Ryan’s favourite Canadian movies include One Week, Room and C.R.A.Z.Y. Each film has the ability to evoke an emotional response with its story.

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Liz Shorten

Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services

604-694-2711

In her role at the CMPA-BC, Liz advocates for over 90 BC companies, helping to create policies and strategies to assist in industry growth.

She advocates for members with all levels of government and creates industry and export development initiatives. Liz is on the board of directors of Reel Canada and VIFF, is chair of Story Money Impact Foundation, president of Women in View, trustee of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver, vice-chair of MPPIA-BC and a member of its Education and Government Affairs Committees, and a member of the Advocacy Committee of WIFTV Vancouver and the Advisory Committee of the Motion Picture Arts Program at Capilano University.

Liz has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for the past 20 years. She previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film, and CBC Television.

Some of her favourite feature films hail from Atlantic Canada, including Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, which offers a unique interpretation of coming of age.

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