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August 2013

Murray Ord to Receive the 25th Annual David Billington Award

By | The David Billington Awards
Above: Murray Ord. Photo credit:Russell Moore Images

Above: Murray Ord, photo credit:Russell Moore Images

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is pleased to announce that Calgary-based Producer Murray Ord will be honoured at the 2013 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Delta Bow Valley Hotel (Bow Valley Ballroom) in Calgary. Murray Ord’s career spans 35 years in the film and television industry ranging from acting, production, and development to financing. “Murray Ord has been instrumental in bringing Hollywood to Alberta with films like Legend of the Falls, Brokeback Mountain and The Assassination of Jesse James.  He has helped and continues to help our Alberta industry gain high-calibre experience.” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). Murray Ord was the President of the Alberta Film Commission from 1996 to 2001.  During this productive time, he brought several high-profile projects to Alberta including Shanghai Noon starring Jackie Chan, Mystery Alaska with Russell Crowe, The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, and the television series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Currently, Murray is a partner in Alberta Film Entertainment, a very successful Film and Television Production Company.  His co-production credits include Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features, The Assassination of Jesse James for Warner Brothers, The Ron Clark Story for Hallmark, Santa Baby I & II for ABC Family and The 19th Wife for Sony Television. While with Alberta Film Entertainment, Ord still finds time to stay involved in the film and television industry as a Board Director for The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and as a Creative Executive Producer of the hot singing group, REVV 52.  He is an Executive Member of Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA) insuring the preservation, expansion and promotion of excellence in fine arts programs in our Alberta schools, K-12 and Post Secondary.  As well, he is a member of The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC), The Association of Canadian Television & Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). The David Billington Award is presented annually to an Albertan who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community with their vision, passion and dedication. 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the David Billington Award. Tickets to the David Billington Award Luncheon are available online or by mailing in a cheque and registration form (download PDF here). Early bird tickets will be on sale until October 11, 2013. Discounted Accommodations are available at our Partner Hotel the Delta Bow Valley. Guests can call 1-800-665-8571 and ask for the AMPIA rate ($119.00 per weekend night).

Upstart Calgary September 30 – December 2, 2013

By | Professional Development

Upstart is an Alberta based film and television talent development program presented by AMPIA, Jonathan Joffe Pictures, funded through Alberta Film, Telefilm and SAIT, and coordinated by Calgary actor Karen Ryan. Now in its 14th term in Calgary, over 240 Upstart participants have performed in hundreds of scenes which have been shot and edited for the review of everyone involved.

The program brings together local actors, writers, and directors to perform simple scene studies for the camera which are shot and edited for the review of everyone involved.

Calgary’s Upstart sessions will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at SAIT, room MD 212 beginning Monday, September 30 (no classes Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day).  The program will run for 8 weeks.  The group will shoot 16 scene studies, rotating the participants through a variety of actor/director/writer combinations. Two scenes are filmed per week, those scenes are then edited for viewing the following week. Directors will direct 4 out of 8 nights and Actors will act in all 8 scenes.

Auditions/interviews* will be held at SAIT on the evening of Monday, September 9, 2013Please contact calgaryupstart@gmail.com to arrange an audition/interview time.  Actors, please send a copy of your resume and head-shot as well.

With the Support of:

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For FAQ and more information, visit Upstart Calgary.

AMPIA Welcomes New Board Members

By | Uncategorized

The Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) has added four new Directors to its Board at the association’s Annual General Meeting, held September 25, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta.

“As we witness the rise of ‘second screens’ and watch television now actually converge with the Internet, have new content providers like NetFlicks, and see the feature film industry undergoes dramatic changes, I am delighted to welcome these four new members to AMPIA’s Board of Directors,” said AMPIA President Joe Novak.

“I look forward to working with our new Directors as well as our returning Board members.” said Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “They will work with us to ensure our industry not only embraces the challenges and opportunities that the current ‘digital disruption’ offers but, as Albertans often do, lead the way forward.”

The new Directors are:

Linda Callaghan (Edmonton)

Punam Gill (Calgary)

Karin Klassen (Calgary)

Don Metz (Edmonton)

The new Directors join returning Board members President Joe Novak, VP North Mark Wood, VP South Larry Day, Secretary Norm Bishop, Treasurer Helen Schmidt, and Directors David Benson, Neil Campbell, Tom Cox, Mike Frislev, Michael Jorgensen, Ron Scott and Mike Shields.

Thanks to outgoing Directors Camille Beaudoin, Connie Edwards and Josh Miller for their dedication and hard work in helping to bring the organization where it is today.