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

Market Mentorship Matching Program

 

CMPA-BC is pleased to announce the launch of the Market Mentorship Matching Program, a new initiative designed to assist CMPA-BC members who are seeking to attend their first international market. Mentees will be partnered with an experienced Mentor who can help guide them through their first market experience.

 

 

Apply→

CMPA-BC Quarterly Update (spring/summer 2019)

BC Motion Picture Industry Hours of Service Pilot Project

 

In April 2019 the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure introduced revised Hours of Service rules applicable to the Motion Picture Industry in BC under a new two-year pilot project. Employers and drivers have obligations and responsibilities under these new rules.

 

To assist members in better understanding MPI Hours of Service rules under the Pilot Project, the CMPA has created a guide to explain key concepts including off-duty and break requirements, maximum on-duty limitations, log books and cycle resets:

 

Download CMPA Hours of Service guide→


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

Marsha Newbery
Director, BC Industrial Relations
1-604-694-2713 /
1-866-390-7639 ext. 123
marsha.newbery@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.

Contact us

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.

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.

 

 


(Top row) Tina Ouellette, Sarah Nathanson, Kim Dent Wilder, Andrew Williamson; (bottom row) Joely Collins, Ashley Ramsay, Trevor Hodgson; (absent) Kim Roberts

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.

Joely Collins

Kim Dent Wilder

Trevor Hodgson

Sarah Nathanson

Ashley Ramsay

Kim Roberts

Co-Chair
Honalee Productions Inc.

Andrew Williamson

CMPA-BC staff

Victoria Bull

Administrative Coordinator

604-694-2715

Victoria’s main role is to provide administrative support to the BC office. If our members have any queries, she is the first point of contact in pointing you in the right direction.

Amongst other general office duties, Victoria is responsible for coordinating meetings with industry groups, assisting in the organization of member outreach activities and initiatives and updating members via social media and email communications.

Victoria is from the UK where her background is in content and production. She has worked as a production coordinator across British drama and factual programming and spent three years working on content metadata tagging at Netflix.

Victoria studied psychology at the University of Winchester, graduating with an honours BA.

Her favourite piece of Canadian content is Room because it highlights how a simple story can sometimes be the most compelling story.

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Linda Hay

Director, Industry & Member Development

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

Manager, BC Finance & Facilities

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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Marsha Newbery

Director, BC Industrial Relations

604-694-2713

Marsha provides strategic and operational support to BC producers regarding the CMPA’s labour agreements, and serves as a member resource for collective agreement interpretation and production practices.

As a member of the BC Industrial Relations team, Marsha represents BC producers in negotiations,  supports and advocates for members in grievances and arbitrations, and represents the BC independent production community in matters of employment standards, health and safety, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Marsha was the Director of Business Affairs for Bell Media Studios in Toronto, supporting in-house programming such as eTalk, The Marilyn Denis Show, Your Morning,  and The Social. She also represented Bell Media in collective bargaining with artist unions and guilds. Before joining Bell Media, Marsha worked as an independent producer in Vancouver, producing award-winning films for CBC, CTV and Lifetime.

Marsha has a masters degree in communications from Simon Fraser University and, in addition to her responsibilities with the CMPA, Marsha is a member of WIFT and Women in Communications & Technology.

Marsha’s favourite Canadian drama is Vikings, and her favourite comedy is Letterkenny, because it’s hard not to love a show that makes saying ‘Pitter-Patter’ cool again.

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Liz Shorten

Chief Operating Officer

604-694-2711

Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for over 25 years. In her role, Liz leads staff and oversees organizational operations across the association’s offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, and works to implement the CMPA’s corporate strategic plan.

Liz previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation (Ontario Creates), British Columbia Film (Creative BC), and CBC Television.

Nationally, Liz sits on the Board of Directors of Reel Canada and is Chair of the Story Money Impact Society.  In BC, she is a Trustee of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver, Secretary/Treasurer of the Pacific Screenwriting Program and is active in the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC as Vice-Chair. Liz was a founding Board member of the Crazy8’s Film Society and a Co-founder of Women in View.  She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by Women in Film and Television Vancouver and “Industry Champion” by the Whistler Film Festival in recognition of her leadership role in the film and television industry.

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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