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June 2011

CMPA signs new Terms of Trade Agreement

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The CMPA has successfully negotiated, on behalf of its members and the entire Canadian independent production sector, a Terms of Trade agreement that came into effect June 1st 2011. This is a historic deal that will redefine the relationship between producers and broadcasters.

The agreement has been signed between the CMPA and Astral, Bell Media (CTV), Corus, Rogers and Shaw Media. Negotiations with the CBC will begin later this year. Canadian Producers and Broadcasters will be required to adhere to Terms of Trade on a go-forward basis – it will apply to all independently produced projects developed and commissioned by the private broadcast groups.  To read more go to:

AMPIA member Panacea Entertainment wins Rockie Award!

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Panacea at Rosies

Josh Miller and Carol Geddes receive the "Rosie" Award for Best Children's Program or series for Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock at the 2011 Alberta Film and Television Gala Awards

Panacea at Rockie Awards

Josh Miller accepts Rockie Award

Congratulations to AMPIA President Josh Miller and everyone at Panacea Entertainment for winning a Rockie Award!  Sunday, June 12th, awards were handed out in the Fiction categories.  Panacea was nominated alongside programs from all over the world, including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong and the UK.  To see the full list of nominees:


Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock – “Death and Peace” Produced by Panacea Entertainment and The Thing With Feathers Productions

Local Film & TV production receives a shot in the arm

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As the Banff World Media Festival gets underway, local film and TV production has received a much-needed shot in the arm from Alberta’s provincial government.

Alberta has unveiled another $2.8 million for its Multimedia Development Fund to bankroll local production and keep pace with film tax credits and other financial incentives on offer to indie producers in rival Canadian provinces.

And the province has reduced the production fund from three to two streams, with local producers getting up to 30% of all production expenses covered by one of the streams and co-producers from outside provinces receiving 27% of expenses rebated as part of the second co-production or service production fund.

The Alberta production  fund is capped at $5 million.

“Production levels in Alberta have been on a decline in the province over the past three years, but the changes announced… will put Alberta on a level playing field with the rest of Canada and the world”, ACTRA Alberta president Duval Lang said in a statement.

The lifeline funding for the Alberta production sector comes as film and TV activity has fallen in recent years, leading production equipment suppliers to consider moving elsewhere for lack of business.

Also this week in Banff, provincial culture minister Lindsay Blackett is expected to make an announcement about a long-awaited Calgary film studio.

The province and the city of Calgary are expected to unveil funding for the studio facility to be built at the Canada Olympic Park on the city’s outskirts.

By Etan Vlessing – Playback

2011 State of the Industry Update

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On May 28, 2011 AMPIA hosted a ‘State of the Industry Update’ with participants Jay Thomson of the Canadian Media Production Association, Valerie Creighton of the Canada Media Fund and Nick Ketchum, former senior advisor to the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission. The session was moderated by Joe Novak of Bow River Productions, and was sponsored by Alberta Film and Telefilm Canada.

An audio recording of the session can be accessed below:

2011 State of the Industry Update


Download the Audio from the event (MP3)

As part of the Update, Val Creighton gave a presentation titled “Stimulating Audience Demand” which can be downloaded below:

Stimulating Audience Demand

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