Liz’s Log: February 9th, 2011

Dear BC CMPA members,

Here’s an update on activities into 2011.

Government Relations

Over the past six months we have met with provincial government representatives on issues facing the BC domestic industry including concerns about the downturn in domestic production and related post production activity, the lack of funding to BC Film, and the challenges with BC’s domestic film and TV tax credit program. Most recently we sent a note about the industry (see attached) to all the BC Liberal Leadership candidates and have requested meetings with each.  We will do the same with the BC NDP Leadership candidates. 

Federally, we have made joint submissions to the CRTC with BC Film with respect to the Bell/CTV acquisition (attached) and today filed one with respect to upcoming Group Licence Renewals (attached).  In both submissions we are calling on the CRTC to support diversity of voices from across the country and ensure that there is a level playing field in terms of access to broadcast decision-makers no matter where a producer lives in Canada.

Industry Development

We are pleased to co-present a full program of digital initiatives under our Merging + Media programming strand including an exciting Transmedia Lab with Anita Ondine in late April and our 2nd Conference and Master Class in October 2011. CMPA members receive discounted registration rates for all events and you can find more information here: http://mergingmedia.ca/

We are also working with BC Film on a “market preparedness/accelerator” program focused on the LA feature and TV market and will be announcing more details soon.

Prime Time in Ottawa 2011

Next week Robyne, Gigi and I will be in Ottawa participating in our annual Prime Time Conference.  While the office will be closed, we will be available via email and cell. In addition, Gigi and I will be part of a delegation meeting with key Conservative, Liberal, and NDP MP’s the day prior to the conference.

Until next time…

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