Ahead of the Curve
Pioneer of Interactive Media
The CMPA is delighted to announce Don Tapscott as our Thursday Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on business strategy and the strategic value and impact of information technology. His newest book, MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World, looks at brand new ideas for mass collaboration.
Content-guru Robert Tercek, known as the “pioneer of interactive media,” will also be addressing delegates. Robert has created successful content for programming on virtually all digital platforms including cable and satellite television, game consoles, the internet and wireless networks. He is named as one of the “Digital Twelve” to watch.
Also at Prime Time for the very first time,Ontario lawyers are eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for attending the conference. This program can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual CPD required by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Please note that these CPD hours are not accredited for the New Member Requirement.
This February, join hundreds of producers, policy makers, funders and industry leaders in an exciting look at the state of Canadian media production and where it is headed. This is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss! Register now or find more information atwww.primetimeinottawa.ca
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The last quarter of 2010 has been marked by a number of significant events effecting independent producers. The outcome of the Shaw/CanWest hearings saw the emergence of a new and powerful broadcast giant, but also saw a meaningful Benefits Package that, while falling short of CMPA recommendations, was significantly higher than Shaw’s initial proposal. The Shaw hearings also resulted in formal CRTC support for the completion of Terms of Trade negotiations between private broadcasters and the CMPA prior to Group Licence Renewal hearings in the spring of 2011. Formal discussions will begin in January. In another significant announcement, BCE made it clear that it does not view its proposed purchase of CTV as one that should translate into new benefits for independent production. The CMPA will be intervening in support of a significant benefits package in keeping with the value of the transaction and appropriate industry practice.
The first quarter of 2011 will require a concerted effort by the CMPA to ensure that the BCE/CTV transaction translates into meaningful benefits for independent production. Terms of Trade negotiations and preparation for Group Licence Renewal hearings will also require considerable CMPA energy and resources. The outcomes of these initiatives are crucial to a sustainable and diverse independent screen based production sector. Visit the CMPA website for further information regarding recent and upcoming hearings and interventions as well as a full list of CMPA committees and initiatives, including industry financing strategies and new mentorship opportunities.
Please join your fellow producers and industry stakeholders along with the CMPA board and staff at Prime Time in Ottawa, February 16 to 18. An impressive array of provocative speakers, engaging panelists and unique networking opportunities promises to challenge, entertain and enlighten. I look forward to seeing you there!
On behalf of the CMPA, I would also like to take the opportunity to note the recent passing of Douglas James Dales. He was a long-standing CFTPA board member. Doug’s industry leadership was inspiring, and his generosity was legendary. He will be sorely missed.
Best wishes for the Holidays and New Year,
CRTC Regulatory Sub-Committee
The CMPA has filed three interventions or submissions to the CRTC since September. We have also attended two meetings of the CRTC's New Media Reporting Working Group. One of the key purposes of the group is to help the CRTC create appropriate definitions and measurement tools to track new media.
On the legal front, the Association is seeking leave to appeal the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that found as long as ISPs act as “intermediaries” and are “content neutral” in their role as ISPs, they are not engaged in broadcasting and cannot be considered broadcasting undertakings under the Broadcast Act. Contact Jay Thomson.
Terms of Trade Working Group
The working group has refined the CMPA’s Terms of Trade proposal for the purposes of restarting negotiations in January. Joining CTV, Shaw Media and Rogers at the negotiating table will be Astral and Corus. Contact Reynolds Mastin.
Canada Media Fund Working Group
The CMPA participated in consultation sessions with the CMF this fall to propose and discuss potential changes to the CMF Guidelines, which are scheduled to be released in mid-December. The CMPA will issue a note to members shortly after they are released. Contact Reynolds Mastin.
Copyright and International Policy Committee
The CMPA is monitoring the Parliamentary committee reviewing Bill-C32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, and will likely appear before it early in the New Year. Contact Reynolds Mastin.
Feature Film Committee
Members of the Committee met with Telefilm Canada last week to try to find a solution to the financial risk associated with early development under the Canada Feature Film Fund. The Committee has also endorsed a motion of the Board of Directors to allocate the $10,000 cash prize of the CMPA-TIFF Feature Film Producer Award to the Actors Fund on behalf of the winner. Contact Marc Seguin.
Membership Development and Outreach
Katie Jeffs is in place as the Director, Membership Development and Outreach. She will be working with Committee Co-Chairs and senior staff to review all existing membership categories, requirements and processes with the view to developing a forward-looking Member Development Outreach Strategy for the CMPA. Contact Katie Jeffs.
International Business and Production Financing Committee
The Committee is conducting research on funding mechanisms that could attract private funding to productions. It is also looking to enhance the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit program by identifying and working to eliminate a number of administrative and policy-related impediments to claiming the program’s full tax benefits.
The International Business Development Group, of which the CMPA is a member, is analyzing the results of studies on the U.S. and Asian markets in order to develop a multi-year strategy for increasing international business opportunities.
And, the CMPA is working with a number of groups to expand the 2011 L.A. pre-pitch sessions to include a targeted range of program genres including dramatic series, comedies and fact-based lifestyle. Contact Susanne Vaas.
National IR staff held preliminary meetings with IATSE over the course of the fall. Formal negotiations should begin early in the new year. AFM negotiations will also commence early in January. Five outstanding grievances with various unions/guilds have been resolved on member’s behalf. Contact Jayson Mosek.
40 participants are being placed this month under the new Digital Media Production Program. Two other CMPA programs, the Atlantic Mentorship Program and the Telefilm Producer Trainee Program, are approaching their mid-point. The Committee is also looking to branch into other skill-training opportunities including seminars and workshops. Contact Susanne Vaas.
B.C. Producer’s Branch
A new board was announced on November 24th as the BC membership jumped about 25% over this time last year to 82 members. The CMPA and two BC Board members also met with the new Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (responsible for the “film” file) and four other provincial government officials as part of its ongoing education and relationship-building exercise.
The first Merging +Media Conference and Master Class, held this October in Vancouver, was a success and attracted more than 230 participants. And, on the labour front, the ACFC Collective Agreement negotiations have concluded. Contact Liz Shorten.