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February 2012

AMPIA and CTS Announce Mentorship Program

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Alberta Producers are invited to build into the lives and careers of aspiring Industry professionals through the new AMPIA/CTS Mentorship Program.

NEW! Deadline has been extended to 4 PM Friday, April 13!

February 21, 2012, Edmonton – The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and Crossroads Television System (CTS), are pleased to announce the creation of the AMPIA/CTS Mentorship Program. AMPIA and CTS both recognize the importance of on-the-job training in the development of professionals in Alberta’s film and television production industry.  Thanks to funding from CTS, AMPIA is pleased to offer an annual Mentorship Program, whereby individuals are able to receive “hands-on” training experience working with experienced professionals in their chosen field of film and television production.

This program is designed to enable interns to receive new training opportunities for a designated production position in which they have no previous experience. This program is not intended to augment production budgets. Internships can take place anytime from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

The deadline for applications is Friday March 30th at 4:00pm.

2012 Mentorship Application forms HERE

The program will run for two years, from 2012 – 2014. In 2012, up to three mentorships opportunities are available. The program will provide a maximum of $4,000 per individual intern/trainee. Producer member applicants must contribute 50 percent of the trainee’s total salary, matching the amount contributed by the mentorship program.

Once an application is approved by a jury comprised of CTS and AMPIA representatives, 50 percent of the total grant will be advanced to the Producer. The balance of the mentorship grant will be paid upon completion of the training period and following receipt of the completed claim forms and evaluation forms from both the Producer (Mentor) and the Intern, detailing the benefits to both the production company and the Intern.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Bill Evans, Executive Director – AMPIA
Alberta Media Production Industries Association
PH: 780 944-0707  E-mail:
#318, 8944 – 182 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  T5T 2E3

Carolyn Innis, Communications – Crossroads Television System
PH: 905 331-7333 ext. 2265
1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7R 4X5

About Crossroads Television System (CTS): 

CTS is a Canadian leader in faith-based and balanced programming, operating stations in Burlington, Calgaryand Edmontonwith repeater transmitters in Londonand Ottawa. CTS creates television and other powerful visual media that can educate, entertain and inspire through positive, superior quality content. CTS features a range of entertaining and inspirational programs, including faith and values content based on biblical principles. Like many Canadians, CTS shares the concern about the decline in quality family programming and is taking a stand to ensure a place for trustworthy, safe television in Canada.

Comedy Writing Workshop with Steve Kaplan Feb. 25 & 26

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Steve Kaplan

AMPIA, in association with Mosaic Entertainment, was pleased to present Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive – a 2 day conference described as “the industry’s leading comedy course for Screenwriters, TV writers, Producers, Directors, Performers & more”. 

The workshop took place Saturday & Sunday February 25th & 26th  at NAIT and was presented by AMPIA in association with Mosaic Entertainment, and with support from Teleflm Canada, Alberta Film, the Edmonton Film Commission and NAIT.

For almost 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan’s Punch Line Theatre. For more information on Steve, click HERE.

Steve Kaplan Comedy Intensive - Feb, 2012

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