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OTTAWA, June 4, 2024 — Today, the CMPA’s Reynolds Mastin released the following statement, in response to the CRTC’s first phase of implementation of the Online Streaming Act.

TORONTO, June 3, 2024 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today announced that the 2024 Indiescreen Awards will be handed out as part of the Atlantic International Film Festival (AIFF) in Halifax this September. The awards recognize excellence in Canadian independent feature film production.

TORONTO, May 8, 2024 — The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today released Profile 2023: An Economic Report on the Screen-based Media Production Industry in Canada. Among the annual report’s topline findings: between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023, the media production sector in Canada contributed $14.05 billion to Canada’s GDP, generated $12.19 billion in production volume, and created nearly 240,000 jobs. A summary of the topline findings, along with the full report, can be found on the CMPA’s website.

TORONTO, May 7, 2024 — Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) jointly announced the successful conclusion of negotiations, resulting in an agreement in principle on the terms for a new Independent Production Agreement. The CMPA-WGC Independent Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and rates for writers, story editors, and story consultants.

TORONTO, April 25, 2024— In response to the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) strike authorization vote announcement this morning, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has released the following statement from Sean Porter, the CMPA’s Vice-President, National Industrial Relations and Counsel.

The Canadian Media Producers Association applauded the federal government this afternoon for its recognition of the importance of a diverse and vibrant Canadian audiovisual sector, in today’s federal budget.

TORONTO, April 2, 2024 — The Black Screen Office (BSO) and Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today announced the launch of a new Black Producer Accelerator Program focused on increasing representation and supporting the career growth of Black producers in Canada.

OTTAWA, January 31, 2024 — During its annual Prime Time conference in Ottawa, the Canadian Media Producers Association today issued the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin.

TORONTO, January 17, 2024 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today joined media production organizations from around the world, releasing a shared set of foundational principles that call on local governments to regulate global streaming platforms, to safeguard national media production sectors and promote a vibrant global screen industry.

TORONTO, December 13, 2023 — The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) announced today the promotion of Nicole Cheng to the position of Vice-President, Finance and Facilities for the organization. In this role, Nicole will be a key member of the CMPA senior leadership team, responsible for leading and managing the finance and facility team and functions for the CMPA.

TORONTO, September 28, 2023 — Following its annual general meeting earlier today, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) unveiled its Board of Directors for the 2023-2025 term, and also announced the appointment of Damon D’Oliveira as CMPA Board Chair.

TORONTO, September 12, 2023 —The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today released a report examining the range of professional development programming options for media producers in Canada. The research found that while there is an abundance of high-quality programs available, the variety and extensive volume of programs on offer can make it difficult for individual producers to identify the training opportunities that best meet their specific needs.

TORONTO, September 7, 2023 —The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today announced Nancy Grant and Anam Abbas as the recipients of its annual Indiescreen Awards, which celebrates the best and brightest in Canadian independent feature film production. The winners were announced at a ceremony, presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Thursday, September 7.

TORONTO, September 5, 2023 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today announced the 40 mentees selected for participation in its 2023/2024 CMPA mentorship programs.

TORONTO, August 31, 2023 — FAME Week, the premier event for the film, tv and music industries in Africa, has named Canada as the official guest country for 2023, highlighting the opportunities for collaboration between South Africa and Canada. Producers from across Canada, representing a diverse range of genres and platforms, including scripted, factual, animation, theatrical, television, streaming, and interactive digital media will have the opportunity to foster meaningful relationships with local producers, distributors, buyers, and commissioners.

TORONTO, August 21, 2023 — Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association unveiled the nominees for its annual Indiescreen Awards. The awards recognize excellence among Canada’s independent feature film producers, honoring producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films.

OTTAWA, July 26, 2023 —Today, the CMPA released the following statement thanking the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez for his work as Minister of Canadian Heritage:

TORONTO, June 22, 2023 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today opened applications for the 2023 Indiescreen Awards, also announcing that the awards ceremony will make its return to the Toronto International Film Festival.

TORONTO, June 10, 2023 —The CMPA today issued the following statement in response to the passing of Joy Rosen, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment:

OTTAWA, JUNE 1, 2023 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today issued the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin, congratulating Catherine Tait on the renewal of her appointment as President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada:

OTTAWA, MAY 3, 2023 — A new report, released today by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), provides a detailed look at the state of film and television production in Canada between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Following years of anticipation, months of consultation and debate, and the longest ever study conducted by a Senate committee, Bill C-11 (the Online Streaming Act) has passed the Houses of Parliament and will receive Royal Assent.

The Canadian Media Producers Association today issued the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin, in response to the federal government’s 2023 budget:

The Canadian Media Producers Association today welcomed Telefilm Canada’s new Executive Director and CEO, Julie Roy.

OTTAWA, MARCH 8, 2023 —The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today commended the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriquez, for his support of key Senate amendments to Bill C-11 that recognize the vital role independent producers play in Canada’s broadcasting system and ensure that they can significantly and equitably control and benefit from their own stories.

OTTAWA, FEBRUARY 3, 2023 — Yesterday Bill C-11 passed third reading in the Senate. We have long called for the government to modernize Canada’s outdated broadcasting legislation, and this takes us one step closer to that goal.

Excitement builds as Prime Time is set to return to Ottawa for the first time since 2020.

Following years of anticipation, months of consultation and debate, and the longest ever study conducted by a Senate committee, Bill C-11 (the Online Streaming Act) has passed the Houses of Parliament and will receive Royal Assent.

TORONTO, OCTOBER 24, 2022 – Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada jointly announced the successful conclusion of negotiations, resulting in an agreement in principle on the terms for a new Standard Agreement.

OTTAWA, FEBRUARY 3, 2023 — Yesterday Bill C-11 passed third reading in the Senate. We have long called for the government to modernize Canada’s outdated broadcasting legislation, and this takes us one step closer to that goal.

OTTAWA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 – The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today commended the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriquez, and the federal cabinet for referring the CBC licence renewal decision back to the CRTC for its reconsideration.

TORONTO, August 4, 2022 — The Canadian Media Producers Association today opened applications for the 2022 Indiescreen Awards, announcing that the prize money for the awards will be increased to $20,000 for the Established Producer category, and $10,000 for the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer category.

TORONTO, June 6, 2022 – The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today announced that an 18-month extension to the CMPA/WGC Independent Production Agreement (IPA) has been ratified by both parties. The current IPA will now expire on December 31, 2023.

TORONTO, May 26, 2022 –The Canadian Media Producers Association today announced the promotion of Sean Porter to Vice-President, National Industrial Relations and Counsel.

OTTAWA, May 10, 2022 — The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today launched a new advocacy campaign that urges the federal government to update Canada’s outdated broadcasting legislation by passing Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act.

TORONTO, May 26, 2022 –The Canadian Media Producers Association today announced the promotion of Sean Porter to Vice-President, National Industrial Relations and Counsel.

VANCOUVER, April 27, 2022 – The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) today issued the following statement in response to DGC BC’s strike notice:

OTTAWA, April 21, 2022 — Today, the CMPA released the following statement in response to the Telefilm Canada announcement that Christa Dickenson will be stepping down as Executive Director & CEO in September:

OTTAWA, April 14, 2022 — The CMPA today issued the following statement on behalf of CMPA President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin, and CMPA Board Chair, Erin Haskett in response to the passing of Paul Pope:

OTTAWA, April 12, 2022 – A new report, released today by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), provides a summary of film and television production activity in Canada between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, including a comprehensive look at how the global pandemic impacted Canada’s media production industry.