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STAR Producer Program resources

Below is a list of curated resources aimed at complementing the STAR Producer programming.

 

A new set of resources will be made available as each new module is launched.

Module: Identifying and acquiring IP

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.

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Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Over the past decade, the TSC has become an established conference for working creative talent to come, hone their craft, network with fellow writers and producers, and get noticed through our awards, mentorships, and bursaries which serve to nurture emerging to mid-career talent.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Module: Planning and executing co-productions

Inclusion in Netflix Originals - Executive Summary

An USC Annenberg report that analyzes the makeup of Netflix’s on screen talent as well as their creators, producers, writers and directors.

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Ontario Creates guide to online professional development resources

A summary table from Ontario Creates that provides links to a wide selection of online professional development and special interest courses that are offered by a number of industry organizations and government agencies. This list is updated on a regular basis.

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Erich Pommer Institute

The Erich Pommer Institute (EPI) is one of the leading providers of advanced training in the German and European media landscape and a recognised industry-specific think tank. With its expertise in media law and management and with a variety of formats and publications, the EPI supports the on-going process of digital transformation in the media industry. The Erich Pommer Institute was founded in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1998 as an independent non-profit limited company and is an institute affiliated with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and the University of Potsdam.

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Module: Virtual production and funders

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

The Crowdfunding to Build Independence is a course that teaches you the essentials for engaging your audience at every stage of your project, and how to leverage that for distribution and your next project. The class has been taught at hundreds of film festivals, organizations and schools for a reason: class attendees have a 90% success rate funding on Seed&Spark.

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Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct is dedicated to preventing and reducing harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within Canada’s creative industries. On November 23, 2017, a coalition of Canadian creative industry stakeholders released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and established working groups to explore the development of a Code of Conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. This Code of Conduct is only the first step in achieving these goals.

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Producer's Workbook (*fee required)

The Producer’s Workbook 5 (PW5) is an invaluable roadmap for independent producers bravely making their way through the ever-changing complexities involved with bringing a project from script to screen.

 

*Discount for CMPA members can be found here

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Module: Finding story in the editing suite

Script clearance and title search reports

Quick overview of the benefits (and costs) of commissioning a script clearance and title search report for your productions.

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The Most Popular Approaches to Translating and Localizing Movies

Having a movie converted into multiple languages is one of the guarantees of its success. Read about the ways to translate films for massive audiences.

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Netflix deliverables and best practices

Netflix’s Partner Help Center is a great resource with helpful FAQ’s to help producers prime their deliverables for the SVOD giant.

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Module: IP monetization

 

Defending our Rights Series: An Intellectual Property Strategy for Canada

The series, Defending our Rights, lays out the first principles for understanding the importance of intellectual property protections, and seeks to support the government’s goal, stated in the 2017 federal budget, of crafting a new intellectual property strategy for Canada.

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Entertainment Law Building Blocks Series (Part 1): Content ownership and control

A podcast that dives into a deeper conversation about content ownership and questions such as who actually owns the final film? What is “title” and why do we track it? And who really has creative control?

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From page to screen

An event created to promote the adaptation of Canadian fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature published by Ontario publishers to the big and small screens. It provides a forum for Ontario film and television producers to meet with publishers in scheduled, one-on-one meetings.

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