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AMPIA Welcomes New Board Members

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The Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) has added four new Directors to its Board at the association’s Annual General Meeting, held September 25, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta.

“As we witness the rise of ‘second screens’ and watch television now actually converge with the Internet, have new content providers like NetFlicks, and see the feature film industry undergoes dramatic changes, I am delighted to welcome these four new members to AMPIA’s Board of Directors,” said AMPIA President Joe Novak.

“I look forward to working with our new Directors as well as our returning Board members.” said Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “They will work with us to ensure our industry not only embraces the challenges and opportunities that the current ‘digital disruption’ offers but, as Albertans often do, lead the way forward.”

The new Directors are:

Linda Callaghan (Edmonton)

Punam Gill (Calgary)

Karin Klassen (Calgary)

Don Metz (Edmonton)

The new Directors join returning Board members President Joe Novak, VP North Mark Wood, VP South Larry Day, Secretary Norm Bishop, Treasurer Helen Schmidt, and Directors David Benson, Neil Campbell, Tom Cox, Mike Frislev, Michael Jorgensen, Ron Scott and Mike Shields.

Thanks to outgoing Directors Camille Beaudoin, Connie Edwards and Josh Miller for their dedication and hard work in helping to bring the organization where it is today.

Rogers Development Fund

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Rogers Media and AMPIA Join Forces to Support Independent Producers through the Newly Created Rogers Development Fund

The fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Entitled the Rogers Development Fund, this revolving loan program provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in the mediums of television, film, and digital.

The program is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of either province for at least one year.  The fund will begin accepting loan applications on February 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission or the AMPIA website at ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund (french version also available) for additional program and application details.

“The Rogers Development Fund offers emerging and experienced producers the opportunity to add their creative voices to the Canadian media landscape,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers is committed to the development of new and innovative ideas from Canadian content creators, and we are thrilled to help foster the next generation of Canadian producers.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Rogers Media on this exciting new program,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association. “This partnership will help us deliver more opportunities to create original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba and undoubtedly create new opportunities for production in these communities.”

For the full press-release, please click here.  For application information, please follow this link.

Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable a Success!

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The David Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable held on Saturday October 27 were enjoyed by all that attended. The luncheon celebrated Tom Radford and his many contributions to media production in Alberta and Western Canada. Congratulations to Tom Radford and thank you to all his guests that came out to help celebrate. We are receiving many accolades from our guests, many of whom were touched by the event, and who were grateful they had the opportunity to come together to celebrate Tom.

Thank you to the Master of Ceremonies Peter Brown, Speakers Jim DeFelice, Ken Brown, Anne Wheeler, Peter Raymont, and Niobe Thompson for providing laughs and memories. A special ‘Thank You!’ to David Billington Award Producer Lisa Miller and also to editor Brenda Terning for the video tribute.

Thank you to our 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon Patron Sponsors GlobalShaw Media, and CTV; Bronze Sponsor CBC; Audio Visual Support Cine Audio Visual; and Dessert Sponsors Calgary Film Commission and Edmonton Film Commission.

More pictures of the toasting and roasting of Tom Radford can be found here.

The ‘Watch Canada’ Roundtable Discussion, which took place earlier in the day, was also a great success. With an enthusiastic audience of over 50 people, ranging from students to experienced producers, the event provided a fascinating insight into the many challenges facing Canadian content creators in connecting with audiences, both within Canada and abroad. Thanks to participants Valerie Creighton (CMF), Dave Forget (Telefilm Canada), Michael Hennessy (CMPA), J. Joly (Overinteractive Media) and Neil Campbell (Landmark Cinemas).  Video and powerpoint presentations from the event can be found here.

Thank you to our Watch Canada Roundtable Sponsors Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and Alberta Film.

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 ccheung@ampia.org by Tuesday October 23, 4:00pm as seating is limited.

For participants’ biographies, please click here.

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