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September 2012

Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion added to Billington Award

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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 by Tuesday October 23, 4:00pm as seating is limited.

For participants’ biographies, please click here.

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Tom Radford to Receive 2012 David Billington Award

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The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is pleased to announce that Tom Radford will be honoured at the 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on October 27, 2012 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at The Matrix Hotel.  A pre-award reception will be held at 11:30am.

Tom Radford’s career spans over forty years in the Canadian television and film industries as a Writer, Director, and Producer. He is a two time Gemini winner and born to a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper family that came to Alberta in 1905.

“Tom Radford’s impact on Alberta’s Media Production industry is immense,” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). “From winning the first ever Alberta Film Award in 1974 for his film Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer, to his work with the National Screen Institute and the NFB, to his recent Gemini Awards, he continues to enrich our community today. In 1986 Tom also worked on a film with David Billington himself, so we are immensely pleased to be honouring him with the Billington Award.”

When Radford co-directed Codebreakers with Niobe Thompson in 2001, the double Gemini Awards it garnered for “Best Photography” and “Best Science and Nature Documentary” marked the tenth time his films have won national or international honours.  Shortly before, Radford and Thompson’s Inuit Odyssey won “Best Science and Nature Documentary” at the Banff World Television Awards.  Radford has received Best Director prizes at the Alberta Film and Television Awards on eight separate occasions, most recently for his and Thompson’s Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, a two-hour investigation of the environmental impacts of the Athabasca oil sands.  The many awards and honours Radford has received at festivals from San Francisco to Toronto, Columbus to Yorkton, San Antonio to Florence, led to the Alberta Award of Excellence present by Peter Lougheed.

Tom Radford’s still photography has appeared in the National Gallery of Canada. He is the author of three books, including the best selling Alberta, A Celebration. As an Executive Producer, Radford founded the Northwest Studio of the National Film Board of Canada in Edmonton. He has sat on the Board of the Banff Television Festival, was a founder of the National Screen Institute, and is a member of the Advisory Council to the Historical Foundation. A founding partner in Film Frontiers, Filmwest Associates, Great North Productions, and Clearwater Media, Tom has been deeply involved in the building of the media production industry in the West.

CBC Radio personality Peter Brown will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Tickets to the David Billington luncheon are available by submitting this Ticket Order Form.

AMPIA announces new President

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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

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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.

AMPIA mourns the passing of Peter Lougheed

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From left: Premier Alison Redford, Peter and Jeanne Lougheed at the 38th Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards at the Hyatt Regency Calgary in May 2012.

AMPIA expresses its condolences to the family of former Alberta Premier, the Honourable Peter Lougheed, who passed away September 13, 2012.

AMPIA recently recognized Mr. Lougheed’s contribution to the television and film community, and to arts and culture in Alberta at the Alberta Film & Television Awards.

“Premier Lougheed was a legend in Alberta politics. His government set the stage in the Alberta cultural sector– which includes film, television and digital media– for growth and innovation,” said Josh Miller, President of AMPIA. “AMPIA was honoured to be able to bestow its first ever Award of Distinction to Premier Lougheed and his wife Jeanne at the 2012 Alberta Film and Television Awards last May, an evening that turned into a moving and memorable tribute to a man who has left a lasting legacy to our province and who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

Above: A special video tribute to Jeanne and Peter Lougheed that was presented at the Alberta Film & Television Awards.

Mr. Lougheed served as Premier of Alberta for fourteen years, from 1971 to 1985, during which time, he supported the first Alberta film festival, created the Alberta Film Commission, established the Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation (AMPDC), and helped build arts organizations such as the Banff Centre, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary.

Mr. Lougheed graduated from the Harvard Business School after receiving his degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  In 1986 he was a recipient of the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award.  He was a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada.  He was the Canadian Co-Chair of the North American Forum, the Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University, and held Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from eight Canadian universities.

Mr. Lougheed leaves behind his wife Jeanne in Calgary and their four children.

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