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Identifying and
acquiring IP

The goal of this module was to help producers identify and maximize opportunities to develop and commercialize intellectual property.

Programming in this module included a virtual networking event to connect CMPA members with leaders from interactive digital media (IDM) companies across Canada, as well as a webinar that explored practical IP monetization business models.



Sweat & Hustle: Damon D’Oliveria on optioning books for the screen


On December 16, 2020, we hosted the kickoff event of the STAR Producer Program featuring an “in conversation” with Damon D’Oliveira (Conquering Lion Pictures), discussing his experience optioning books such as Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and David Chariandy’s novel, Brother. The discussion focused on how to option a book for a production project, and how to approach the adaptation project once it has been acquired. Damon was joined by veteran publisher Barbara Howsen, and the discussion was moderated by Ontario Creates’ Erin Creasey.


Producers & Podcasters: Digital speed dating event

As the global podcasting industry booms, podcasts have become a growing source of IP for screen adaptations. On the week of January 18, 2021, the CMPA facilitated a digital speed dating event to connect CMPA members with podcasters to discuss potential collaborations and business opportunities

We were happy to welcome the following executives from Canada’s leading podcasting companies:

CBC Podcasts
Arif Noorani – Executive Producer & Co-Founder
Geoff Turner– Managing Producer
Christopher Oke – Senior Producer
Tina Verma – Producer

Chris “Dunner” Duncombe – Director of Podcasting & Streaming
Dila Velazquez – Manager of Content & Audience Development

Indian & Cowboy
Ryan McMahon – Chief Creative Producer

Kelly & Kelly
Chris Kelly – Partner & Creative Director
Lauren Bercovitch – Head of Production


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