Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion added to Billington Award

Expanding Canadian Audiences

Canadian content can be remarkable but if no one sees or is aware of it, there’s a big problem.

The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will explore how to expand audiences and increase awareness of Canadian content in film, television and digital media. The best and the brightest of the broadcasting, production, distribution and content creator industries in Canada, along with members of the community, will be gathered to suggest ways to increase audience viewing on all visual platforms. Some discussion points:

  • How can we engage, build a sense of ownership, pride and support of Canadian content through political, public, industry and private sector audiences?
  • How can digital technology/platforms offer new opportunities to maximize public investment in content?
  • What does it mean when ‘television’ viewing is on the rise but increasingly, the public wants to consume content anywhere, anytime and through a variety of media?

Participants will include:

  • Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, Canada Media Fund
  • Michael Hennessy, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMPA
  • J. Joly, CEO & Founder, Overinteractive Media
  • Dave Forget, Director, Business Affairs and Certification, Telefilm Canada
  • Neil Campbell, COO/Partner, Landmark Cinemas
  • Joe Novak (Moderator), President, AMPIA

The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will take place on October 27, 2012 from 9:30am – 11:30am in the Amber Ballroom of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, preceding the Billington Award Luncheon.  The event is free to AMPIA members, ticket holders of the Billington Award Luncheon, and $10 to everyone else.

Please RSVP to ccheung@ampia.org by Tuesday October 23, 4:00pm as seating is limited.

For participants’ biographies, please click here.

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AMPIA announces new President

AMPIA’s 2012 AGM was held September 19, 2012. Please join us in welcoming our new president, Joe Novak for the 2012-2013 term!  Joe brings a wealth of experience to the position, and was a past president of AMPIA from 2007- 2009.  Many thanks to Josh Miller for his hard work and dedication to our organization and industry as President over the last two years.

For more information about Joe Novak, please take a look at his biography.

The following directors were also approved at the AGM:

Producer Positions

Ron Scott- Prairie Dog Film and Television

Larry Day -  Pyramid Productions

Joe Novak – Bow Valley Productions

Tom Cox – Seven24 Films

Connie Edwards – Souleado Entertainment

Mike Jorgensen – Myth Merchant Productions

Undesignated Positions

Mike Shields – Jet Music Productions

Also, Mark Wood was re-appointed as treasurer, and Norm Bishop was re-appointed as secretary.  These are non-voted positions in accordance to our bylaws.

These directors join our current board members, for a full listing, click here.  Please note: the VP North and South positions will be announced soon, pending consultation with the new President.

As the financial statements were not presented at the AGM, a Special Meeting will be called for October 27 in Edmonton in conjunction with the Billington Award Luncheon, at which time the reviewed statements will be presented to the membership for approval. The statements will be made available to eligible members 30 days in advance of the meeting.

CIFF ‘Expanding Canadian Audiences’ Panel Postponed

AMPIA regrets that due to a scheduling conflict with the Memorial for former Premier Peter Lougheed on Friday September 21, the panel “Expanding Canadian Audiences”, which was to be part of the CIFF Industry sessions, has been postponed until a later date.  AMPIA expresses its sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  More information will be shared when it becomes available.