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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



Impact Field Guide & Toolkit
An open source resource guide for documentarians that offer ideas and approaches so you don’t have to solve a problem that someone else has already cracked, and can focus on the unique challenges of your own project.
Pacific Screenwriting Program
The Pacific Screenwriting Program is building a vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia by providing a training ground for BC’s aspiring and active screenwriters. Combining real-world story-room experience, mentorship, bootcamps, workshops and information sessions, the program equips writers with the skills, experience, and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen industry.
Development and Other Challenges: A Producer’s Handbook
This handbook addresses business issues and considerations related to certain aspects of the production process, namely development and the acquisition of rights, producer relationships and low budget production.
UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report 2019
This is the sixth in a series of annual reports to examine relationships between diversity and the bottom line in the Hollywood entertainment industry.
On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories
This highly-anticipated guide provides cultural principles, key findings from a national consultation process, and best practices for filmmakers, production companies, and funders when depicting Indigenous content on screen, and how communities can be collaborative partners.
One Stop Business Workshop
A webinar series in partnership between CBC, CAVCO and the CMPA introducing emerging independent producers and content creators from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry, to topics related to the business and financing of TV, film and original digital content.
Scriptnotes Podcast
Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
The Incredible Adapting Act
The cover story of an edition of the CMPA’s Indiescreen magazine on adaptations, featuring conversations with three producers and their experiences with three different types of film adaptations: TV series to feature, short to feature, and stage play to feature.
The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)
IMSDb bills itself as “the biggest collection of movie scripts available anywhere on the web.” Their website lets you read or download movie scripts for free.
TV Writing: TV script database
A repository of countless TV episode scripts, which are free to download.