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Professional Development Survey – The Results Are In!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the AMPIA Professional Development Survey this summer! Results are now in and we are working hard on AMPIA’s upcoming professional development activities. Details soon.

To see the results, click here: Survey Results 2011

Congratulations to Michelle Wong (Corkscrew Media) for winning the prize draw for this online survey. She has won the Kodak Easy Share W1020-10 Digital Frame, valued at $300!

CRTC Releases 2010 Financial Results for Canadian Broadcasting Distributors

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, July 14, 2011 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released statistical and financial information on Canadian broadcasting distribution companies. For the year ending on August 31, 2010, this sector of the broadcasting industry experienced strong growth as the combined revenues for cable, satellite and multipoint distribution companies rose from $11.4 billion to $12.5 billion…


Terms of Trade Information Sessions

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The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is travelling the country to support the roll-out of the Terms of Trade agreement – all elements of the deal come into effect August 1st 2011.  The agreement applies to all independently produced projects developed and commissioned by Astral, Bell Media (CTV), Corus, Rogers and Shaw Media.


The CMPA successfully negotiated the historic Terms of Trade deal that redefines the relationship between producers and broadcasters. The deal applies to the entire life cycle of a show – from first pitch, through to development, production and broadcast on all platforms.

“This deal changes everything,” says Norm Bolen, CMPA’s President and CEO. “It forever redefines the relationship between producers and broadcasters. But it isn’t worth the paper it is written on unless all independent producers show solidarity and strictly follow the terms of the agreement in their individual negotiations with broadcasters.”

Between July 20th and August 5th, the CMPA will be visiting EDMONTON, CALGARY, VANCOUVER, WINNIPEG, TORONTO, HALIFAX and MONTREAL.  Additional teleconferences will be scheduled for other cities. All sessions are offered free of charge and are for Canadian independent producers only. The sessions will advise producers on how to interpret and implement the agreement and offer additional time for Q&A and networking.

“The two hours it takes to attend the “Terms of Trade” seminars will be the best spent two hours any producer has ever made time for,” says John Barrack, the CMPA’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer. “Now is the time to ask us the tough questions so that you can leverage the benefits of terms of trade to the maximum degree possible.”

For more details on dates and venues and to register your attendance, please visit our event page.

Copies of the Terms of Trade agreement can be accessed here. Please note that while Corus signed a separate Terms of Trade agreement, it contains no substantive differences from the agreement signed with the other broadcasters. CBC negotiations are underway.

Should you be unable to attend but would like to be kept informed of Terms of Trade activities, calls and additional information sessions, please send your contact details to Katie Jeffs.

The CALGARY and EDMONTON presentations will also include an AMPIA mixer. Please see details below:

Calgary – Wednesday, July 20th
Location: The Den Room/The Olympic Room, Delta Bow Valley Hotel
AMPIA & CMPA Breakfast Mixer: 8:00am – 9:00am ($10 cash at door, fee includes hot breakfast)
Terms of Trade Seminar: 9:00am – 11:00am

Edmonton – Wednesday, July 20th
Location: The Drawing Room, The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
Terms of Trade Seminar: 4pm-6pm
AMPIA & CMPA Mixer: 6:00pm – 7:30pm (cash bar available)

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A Message From the Executive Director

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Summer is finally upon us, and that means Production! Four series are currently in production in Alberta – Blackstone, Caution: May Contain Nuts, Heartland and Hell on Wheels; and filming just wrapped on the indie feature War Reporter. Many more projects are in the final stages of pre-production and will be rolling out in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, AMPIA continues to work behind the scenes preparing for the upcoming CRTC licence renewal for CBC, as well as soliciting feedback from the membership via our Professional Development survey. If you would like to have input into either of these activities, please contact me directly at or to take the survey, please go to our website (the deadline has been extended to July 8).

AMPIA hosted a very successful ‘Access to Hollywood’ reception at the Banff Festival in June, where AMPIA members had the opportunity to mix and mingle with broadcast executives from some of Hollywood’s biggest companies. Even Howie Mandel was there! Thanks to our partners SMPIA, On Screen Manitoba, as well as the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, and of course, the Banff World Media Festival. Have a great summer and we will see you in August!

Bill Evans

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

2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards (The Rosies) Winners

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2011 Rosies Honour Albertans in Film & Television

37th Annual Rosie Awards

Photos by Big Picture Photography. You can check out all the pictures of the 37th Annual Awards at

Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Albertan
film, television and new media, were handed out tonight at a sold-out  gala
celebration held at the Marriott at River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The evening
was hosted by comedian Steve Patterson.

The statuette, known as the ‘Rosie’, was awarded in 22 Class and 29 Craft

This year the production taking the most number of Rosies – 5 – was the
television series “Heartland,” produced by SEVEN/24 Films, including
Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor (Edmonton’s Shaun Johnston). The
Calgary-based company, co-led the pack as the production company
receiving the most Rosies (6), tied with Edmonton based Clearwater
Documentary, which also won 6 awards between two of its productions,
“Code Breakers” and “Tipping Point.”

In order to qualify for an Alberta Film & Television Award a production
must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. For any
craftsperson to be eligible he or she must have been a resident of
Alberta for the 2010 calendar year.

For a complete list of the winners for the 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards click:

2011 Rosie Winners List

Media Coverage of the 2011 Rosie Awards:

Edmonton Journal

Calgary Herald

Calgary Sun

Edmonton Sun

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