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January 2012

‘Alberta’s Write Stuff’ a Sell Out!

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It was a ‘home run’ for AMPIA and The Book Publishers Association of Alberta  as they teamed up to present the ‘Books and Screens’ seminar, Saturday Jan. 28th in Calgary. It was a full house (over 60 people!) -with great television/film industry support.  Presenters Gary Burns (Burns Films), Randy Bradshaw (Certain Films), Mike Jorgensen (Myth Merchant Films) , Shirley Vercruysse (Harrow Films), Jeff Brinton (Alberta Film), Val Creighton (Canada Media Fund), John Galway (Harold Greenberg Fund), Luke Azevedo (Calgary Economic Development) , Joel Bakan (The Corporation), and Russell Bowers (CBC) were all fantastic.

From Left: Bill Evans, Joel Bakan, Russell Bowers & Gary Burns

The ‘pitch session’ (with four authors each pitching to our four television/film producers) included some excellent story ideas which, in the end, gave the stories’ creators and the writing/publishing people in the audience great insight into our industry.

Thanks to all who participated!

Alberta Local Programming Initiative – Call for Submissions

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Calling all AMPIA Producer Members!

Rogers Broadcasting is actively seeking Alberta-based original unscripted factual series for broadcast on Citytv and our Specialty services.

Creatively, concepts should feature local stories that have relevance to a national audience, with an emphasis on exploring exciting ideas and worlds that have not been exposed on television. Examples of shows currently airing on our services that achieve this include “Oil Change”, a fantastic doc series featuring unprecedented access to the Edmonton Oilers, and “The Quon Dynasty”, which follows the wildly entertaining Quon family, restaurateurs in Edmonton, Alberta.

Creatively, concepts should feature local stories that have relevance to a national audience, with an emphasis on exploring exciting ideas and worlds that have not been exposed on television. Examples of shows currently airing on our services that achieve this include “Oil Change”, a fantastic doc series featuring unprecedented access to the Edmonton Oilers, and “The Quon Dynasty”, which follows the wildly entertaining Quon family, restaurateurs in Edmonton, Alberta.

Rogers will consider both half hour and one hour formats.

Rogers Broadcasting will be accepting proposals until Feb 15, 2012. Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, will be attending Real screen Jan 29th – Jan 31st. Should you submit your project before the end of January, we may be in touch to set up meetings at the conference.

Submission materials can include a one-pager, pitch document, bible or demo. Please submit materials along with the attached release form, electronically to Jackie Samuels, Jackie.Samuels@rci.rogers.com using the title “Alberta Local Programming Initiative” in the subject line.

Rogers Submission Release Form (07-11-08)

Rogers looks forward to receiving your submissions.

Thank-you for your time and creativity!

Jackie Samuels

Manager, Development and Production

Rogers Media TV

Industry Advisory

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 Telefilm Canada’s Western Region office invites the industry

to a client consultation / information meeting

Telefilm Canada’s Western Region office invites the industry to a client consultation / information meeting.

Following on our Annual Public Assembly in November, Telefilm representatives will outline the new Success Index in more detail; talk about the context and landscape in which the Canadian industry is working these days; and discuss upcoming changes to programs – particularly development financing for the coming year.

Dave Forget, Director, Contracts and Certification, and John Dippong, Director, Industry Promotion – Western Region, will be hosting the sessions in Winnipeg (January 23), Regina (January 24) and Calgary (January 24).

They will be joined by Michel Pradier, Director, Project Financing, for the Vancouver session on January 26.

Monday, January 23, 2:00 PM Winnipeg NSI Training Room141 Bannatyne Avenue, Suite 400
Tuesday, January 24, 9:00 AM Regina Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios1831 College Avenue
Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 PM Calgary Calgary Arts Development (CADA)100, 7th Avenue SW

Arts Co-Lab (Lower Level of the Art Central building at the northwest corner of the intersection of 7th Avenue and Centre Street SW)

Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 PM Edmonton Via conference call to Calgary session780-421-1483 / access code: 16 955 65 #
Thursday, January 26, 10:00 AM Vancouver BCIT Downtown Campus555 Seymour Street

Room 282/284

Please RSVP by Friday (January 20) to Julianne Lockhart, julianne.lockhart@telefilm.ca, (604) 666-1566 (x 2614) or 1-800-663-7771

Alberta’s Write Stuff: Books and Screens Line-Up Announced

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AMPIA and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta will host a coming together of Calgary/Southern Alberta television, film and digital platform producers with writers and publishers. This is a unique opportunity to further the collaboration of written content with potential screen adaptations and expand Alberta storytelling across multiple platforms.

As we ‘warp’ into the digital world of multi-media content, this workshop will identify new ways to tell and share our stories; create new partnerships and audiences; look at use new business models and; generate new revenue streams.

Industry leaders from multiple disciples will use successful case studies collaborations between ‘book and screens’ to look at new sources of funding and marketing/distribution opportunities. There will also be a fun pitching session designed to match writers with producers of film, television and digital media.

Join us for this initial workshop: Saturday January 28th, from 1pm – 4pm in the Gallery Hall, in the University of Calgary’s new Taylor Family Digital Library.

Registration Fee: $25 for AMPIA and BPAA members, $40 for non-members, $15 for NAIT, SAIT & RDC Students. Registration form HERE

SCHEDULE:

1:00pm            Intro & Overview: BPAA & AMPIA

1:15pm            Cross-over Case Study: How Writers cross over into film and/or TV and what are    the pros, cons and surprises? Filmmaker Gary Burns and author Joel Bakan will discuss their    collaborative process and their experiences turning books into films.

Panelists:        Gary Burns, Radiant City, Waydowntown; Joel Bakan, The Corporation, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children

2:15pm            Following the Money: A session designed to answer the nagging question asked by writers everywhere – how do I make money doing this? Our panel will guide you through the red tape and hidden mine fields of their respective funding programs.

Moderator:       Shirley Vercruysse, Harrow Films

Panelists:        Jeff Brinton, Alberta Film; John Galway, Harold Greenberg Fund; Val Creighton, Canada Media Fund

3:15pm            Pitch Fest/New Title Showcase: Titles from four (4) writers will be presented/pitched to producers. Each successful applicant will have 3 minutes each to ‘pitch’, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from film & television professionals. Applicants are required to submit a synopsis of their story ideas for consideration by AMPIA and the BPAA. Fill out attached Pitch Template HERE. Pitches must be submitted by 9:00 am Friday January 27.

Moderators:     Bill Evans (AMPIA) & Lyn Cadence (BPAA)

Panelists:        Shirley Vercruysse, Harrow Films; Joe Novak, Bow River Productions; Randy Bradshaw, Certain Films; Michael Jorgensen, Myth Merchant Films

4:15 – 5:00pm  Reception