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Remembering Helene White

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AMPIA is saddened to mark the passing of our long-time member, Helene White. 

Helene was a true pioneer within Alberta’s screen industry. She launched Alberta’s first syndicated series Connecting, a talk show for teenagersand produced the popular teen series Caitlin’s Way that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon. Helene served on the AMPIA board as Vice President-South from 1986-1997 and mentored emerging producers throughout her career. 

“Helene was an inspiration for us all,” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “She touched the lives of many people in our industry.”

Just last year, the Calgary Herald profiled Helene White on the changing landscape of her career and her passion for continuous learning and personal evolution.  Watch the video here

More on Helene White

Interview with Fil Fraser (2011) at the Banff World Media Festival 

Obituary | Calgary Herald

*photo supplied by Postmedia, credit: Leah Hennel

Future Looks Bright for AMPIA Members!

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AMPIA Chairmen Joe Novak said it best, “What a difference a year can make!” This statement opened AMPIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)  that took place on Saturday, November 7 in Edmonton.

With the recent turnover of the federal government promising to increase investments to the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board, and Alberta’s NDP government committing an additional $11-million to the Alberta Media Fund, the future looks bright for our industry professionals!

Members were treated to the additional positive progress AMPIA has made in regards to our professional development activities. AMPIA held the first southern Alberta professional development day, The Calgary Dust Up in October, with record-breaking attendance and we will be working again with Createasphere (StoryWorld Quest) and the Banff Centre to bring forward Story Summit, a two-day intensive coming in February 2016.

“Yesterday was the first time we have attended the AGM and we are proud to call ourselves Producer Members! We are so impressed with everything that is being done through AMPIA, from education to lobbying to awards.”
– Sharlene Millang and Daniel Foreman (Groove Soldier Production

Following the AGM, student members attended a pre-networking cocktail reception with government officials and our top producers. We are pleased to provide these opportunities for our members to connect!

Members who were not able to attend can contact the AMPIA office for a copy of the AGM report. Please call 780-944-0707.

Members Receive Exclusive Access at BANFF 

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AMPIA Members Partake in one-on-one sessions with top Broadcast Executives.

AMPIA teamed up with On Screen Manitoba and New Media Manitoba to provide our members with exclusive access to industry executives at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival.  Members were offered one-on-one sessions with representatives from Sundance TV, TNT/TBS, A+E Networks, Comedy Central, MTV and more!

AMPIA members also received a discount on registration for the Banff World Media Festival, providing Alberta’s media professionals with insightful and inspiring panel discussions and master classes from leading icons in television and digital media production.


AMPIA’s Lindsey McNeill with Carlton Cuse (Creator of Bates Motel) and WIFTA President Patricia Meilleur.

Cameron And Doyle: Sitcoms & March Madness

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Cameron And Doyle are Edmonton-based indie filmmakers you’ll want to keep an eye on. The winners of the 2014 Gotta Minute Film Festival are co-writing/directing an original sitcom called Seven Day Weekend and making the most of their new AMPIA memberships, winning an incorporation licence from Bishop MacKenzie and scoring a private pitch session with Bell/CTV!  Read more on this ambitious duo…

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Filmmaker & Reporter, Brandy Yanchyk

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Brandy Yanchyk is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her company Brandy Y Productions Inc. has produced work for the BBC, CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers OMNI Television, PBS, YES TV, Shaw and Deutsche Welle Radio. Whether she’s reporting on the Haida Culture on the coast or filming the Polar Bears in the north, Brandy is on a quest for the golden story and the next big adventure.

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