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STAR Producer Program: Past modules

Pre-Development (Module 1): Identifying and acquiring IP

Module 1 focused on topics related to identifying and acquiring intellectual property for a production project.

Presentation | Sweat & Hustle: Damon D’Oliveira on optioning books for the screen

Recorded on December 16, 2020 

Our kickoff event featured an “in conversation” webinar 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 will be moderated by Ontario Creates’ Erin Creasey.

CMPA members can access previous webinars here.

Networking | 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

Resources | Module 1: Identifying and acquiring IP

We scoured high and low for a wide range of helpful materials, focused on identifying, acquiring and adapting IP for the screen. Check out the resources from Module 1 below. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 1 below.  For resources from past modules, click here.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office: A guide to copyright

A Government of Canada website explaining some legal guidelines around copyright.




CMPA funding directory

Tap Canada’s public and private funding sources for financial assistance with your next project.




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.




Development (Module 2): Planning and executing co-productions

Module 2 focused on planning and executing co-production projects.

Presentation | Co-production 101: An introduction on the basics of co-production and co-development featuring Telefilm and CMF

Recorded on April 28

On Wednesday, April 28 at 12:00 pm ET/ 9:00 am PT, the CMPA hosted a webinar to kickoff module two of the STAR Producer Program. The discussion was targeted at producers who were interested in learning more about the “how’s and whys” of co-production and co-development projects.

The discussion featured Susan King from Telefilm Canada and Nathalie Clermont from the CMF and was moderated by the CMPA’s Sarolta Csete.


Presentation | Cross-border success: How to execute effective international co-production projects

Recorded on June 8


Drawing on their professional experiences, four Canadian producers with wide and varied production backgrounds provided practical advice to help attendees map out successful international co-production projects. Panelists:

  • Christina Piovesan – First Generation Films
  • Ina Fichman – Intuitive Pictures
  • Aonan Yang – GreenGround Productions
  • Amos Adetuyi – Circle Blue Entertainment

CMPA members can access previous webinars here.

Networking | Screen Ireland speed networking event

The CMPA and Screen Ireland brought together Canadian and Irish producers for a digital networking reception on June 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT. With the intent of facilitating new transatlantic connections, this event was targeted at experienced producers who were actively looking for co-production partners for live action feature and series projects currently in development.

CMPA members had up to 4, 10-minute meetings with Irish producers.

Resources | Development: Planning and executing co-productions

CMPA staff have carefully pulled together an extensive range of materials, focused on co-productions and international incentive programs. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 2 below. For resources from past modules, click here.

C21 calendar of industry events and markets for 2021

A calendar of upcoming and previous industry events and markets happening around the world.



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CMF's international incentive programs

The CMF is part of Canada’s strong funding ecosystem that fosters audiovisual content creation and encourages international coproduction. Together, Canada’s coproduction treaties and the CMF’s financing provide opportunities for Canadian producers and their international counterparts to share resources and talent to tap into new markets. As consumers have growing access to content from all corners of the world, producers can benefit greatly from working together on the international front.




CMPA's international co-production directory

The International Co-production Directory is designed to facilitate the building of partnerships between Canadian and international producers. The searchable database provides a platform where producers in Canada and abroad can create a detailed company profile and upload information on the projects for which they are seeking co-production partners. The goal of this directory is to help enable independent production companies connect with international partners in a targeted manner. It allows producers to showcase their companies and projects and it will facilitate interaction between companies.