CMPA- BC Producers’ Branch E-Update

June 2011 – Volume 2

As I get ready to take a few vacation days away, I wanted to reflect briefly on the past two years of activity here at CMPA. We are fortunate to have a great staff team in place with Gigi, Kristyn and Robyne and an engaged BC Branch Council led by Chair Brian Hamilton.  (See note regarding staff information and responsibilities in Contact section below).  I am pleased to report that the organization is now in a financially healthy position (both in BC and Nationally) and as a result we are planning to add a BC staff member in the Industrial Relations area  this fall to support our IR capacity.  We launched Merging+Media programming initiatives last year, held numerous info sessions on various topics (HST, Tax Credits, Terms of Trade), and have been active in the Government Relations area developing our own voice with support from our GR firm Canadian Strategy Group.  On the IR front, ACFC negotiations were completed last year and the team is prepping for a busy fall of bargaining. We remain very involved in the work of MPPIA-BC where the CMPA sits on the Executive and Government Affairs Committees.  There is much yet still to accomplish and I know I can speak on behalf of all of the staff in saying that we are committed to working with you, representing your interests and the health of the BC based/domestic industry in all that we do.  See you in mid July!

BC IR Committee Update – Sarah Tarry, DHX Media has been appointed chairperson.

Negotiations Update – Bargaining sub-committees are being formed and members are welcome to put their names forward to participate.  CMPA-BC IR staff will be contacting members to bring any issues and concerns forward for discussion and possible inclusion in the negotiations.  Dates have been confirmed with the DGC-BC for September 12-16, 2011 and dates with the BCCFU are being held for October and early November 2011.  The WGC has requested two days in early October to begin bargaining.

ACFC West – CMPA Pilot Incentive Sideletter – The CMPA-BC and ACFC West recently negotiated a Pilot Incentive Sideletter for stand-alone CAVCO certified Canadian Pilots.  Only CMPA members are eligible for the terms of the agreement.  Rates, Terms and Fees are those in the current ACFC Sideletter No. 1 with the exception of a 0.5% CMPA Administration Fee.  Please contact Robyne or Gigi at CMPA-BC office if you have an eligible production and we will forward the Pilot Incentive Sideletter to you.

Producer, Line Producer and Production Manager Roundtable July, 19th – CMPA-BC is organizing a roundtable in coordination with the AMPTP, DGC-BC and Actsafe. In order to optimize attendance and allow for variable PM/Producer schedules the roundtable will run twice; once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.  Agenda items will include updates on important safety information as well as consultation for upcoming bargaining issues.  All producers and production managers are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two identical presentations.

WGC Animation Sub-Committee June 2, 2011 – CMPA IR staff and National Animation Sub-Committee members met with the WGC in Toronto to continue discussions regarding minimums for Animation writers.  There was no resolution, this matter is expected to be raised by the WGC in the upcoming IPA negotiations.

Terms of Trade – 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 have begun. 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. NOTE:  Our Terms of Trade CMPA staff team will be travelling across the country starting next month to conduct information sessions with producers and we will let you know as soon as the Vancouver date has been confirmed.  More information can be found on CMPA website at:

National Board Election – The results of the recent national election saw 4 BC Board Members joining the Board for a two year term – Rob Bromley (Force Four Productions), Brian Hamilton (Omni Film Productions), Alexandra Raffe (Thunderbird Films) and Cal Shumiatcher (Paperny Films).  Also, we are pleased to report thatAlberta based producer Tom Cox was elected as National Board Chair for another year.

Our Government Relations team of Rob Bromley, Brian Hamilton and Liz Shorten have been extremely busy over the past few months meeting with provincial government officials to discuss the importance of the BC Based industry and the contribution made by BC production companies.  Most recently, Brian represented CMPA-BC at a MPPIA-BC meeting with Minister Ida Chong (Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) where the importance of confirmed funding for British Columbia Film was a top priority.

Merging + Media Conference and Master Class – returns for a second year on October 27 and 28, 2011!  We are excited to again be co-presenting this initiative with Christine Lim-Labossiere / Merging Media Productions.  The event programming is focused on convergence and the latest business and creative strategies available to cross-platform producers in the converging media landscape.  Keynote speakers confirmed to date include:  Curtis Marvis, President Digital Media, Lions Gate Studios and Lance Weiler, CEO, Workbook Project recently named by Wired magazine as “one of 25 people helping to reinvent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood”.  Convergence guru Henry Jenkins will also be interviewed for his take on future industry trends.

More information can be found at:

SIGGRAPH 2011 – Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada and the Government of British Columbia, with the support of BC Film, invite you to participate in the Business Delegate Program at SIGGRAPH 2011, taking place Aug 7 – 11 in Vancouver. We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers’ Branch in partnership with Merging Media Productions Inc. will be facilitating the International B2B Matchmaking Program from August 8-11, 2011.  It’s the very first time that SIGGRAPH is being held inCanada and is expected to attract some 17,000 delegates. If you’d like to meet visiting International Media professionals during the event, here are the full details of the Business Delegate program:
B2B Matchmaking Program – August 8 – 11
The Business to Business Matchmaking Program will help facilitate meetings between Canadian domestic companies and international/ UScompanies attending SIGGRAPH. The B2B online platform will allow you to profile your company, view the profiles of other companies and request meetings with international/ US companies of interest. Meeting requests will be coordinated through the Canadian Media Production Association and booked into meeting rooms reserved onsite (unless otherwise specified). To participate in the B2B program, please fill out your profile at
SIGGRAPH Welcome Reception – Sunday, August 7
Supported by BC Film, DFAIT will be hosting an International Delegate Welcome Reception from 6-8pm on Sunday, August 7th. The welcome reception will offer opportunity to meet some of the US & International business delegates at SIGGRAPH 2011 as well as local industry and support organizations. The event is invite only with limited capacity, so please indicate your interest to Marc Coderre ( if you would like to be added to the invite list.

Aug 7-11  Siggraph 2011– Vancouver

Sept 8-18 Toronto International Film Festival– Toronto

Sept 26 GeneScreen BC Gala Screening– Vancouver

Sept 29-Oct 14 Vancouver International Film Festival-Vancouver

Canadian Media Production Association  |  BC Producers’ Branch
600-736 Granville Street  |  Vancouver  |  BC  |  Canada  |  V6Z 1G3
Phone   604.682.8619 |  Toll free  866.390.7639 |  Fax   604.684.9294

Liz Shorten
Managing Vice President, Operations and Member Services
Extension 222; liz.shorten @

Gigi Boyd
Vice President, Industrial Relations
Extension 224; gigi.boyd @

Robyne Switzer
Industrial Relations & Operations Coordinator
Extension 223; robyne.switzer @

Kristyn Stilling
Administrative Assistant
Extension 221; kristyn.stilling @

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