CMPA-BC Producer’s Branch December 2012 E-Update

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank the BC Branch Council (especially Chair Brian Hamilton) for their commitment and engagement over this past year. In addition, Gigi and Jennifer must be recognized for all the long hours dedicated and their hard work in the Industrial Relations area.  We’ve got a busy 2013 ahead and staff are looking forward to some down time over the holiday break.  Please note that all CMPA offices will be closed from December 24 – January 4.  All the best for 2013!

It’s almost that time of year when we leave behind our work, replace the bargaining dates in the calendar with time for family and friends and recharge our batteries for the upcoming year.  Jenn and I will head out on December 21, 2012 and return to the office on January 7, 2013 so I wanted to provide you with a few updates before the holiday break.

Labour negotiations update:

November, 2012

A new WGC agreement for the term of Nov 1, 2012 through Dec 31, 2014 was successfully negotiated and ratified by the CMPA, the APFTQ and the WGC.  Please go to the WGC website ( ) or the CMPA website ( ) for a copy of the MOA and details on rate increases.

December 2012

We successfully negotiated with ACFC in late November and ACFC members ratified a new three year agreement on December 2, 2012.  The terms of the current agreement (which expires on Dec 31, 2012) will be extended through March 31, 2013 and the terms of the new agreement will come into effect April 1, 2013 and expire on March 31, 2016.  The new contract will be posted on the CMPA website in the BC Industrial Relations section before the holiday break or you can go to the ACFC website and download a copy.  Many thanks to our bargaining committee members Laura Lightbown and Bridget Hill for their time and wise counsel.

ACTRA and the CMPA/APFTQ reached an agreement in principal on December 3, 2012.  The new IPA includes annual increases of 2% in rates paid to Performers over its three year term. If, as expected the agreement is ratified in mid-January 2013 new rates and terms will go come into effect on January 1, 2013. Jenn and I attended all of the bargaining sessions for the ACTRA as observers and came away very impressed with the skills of Reynolds Mastin (Chief Negotiator for the CMPA), his team and the dedication of the Producer members who volunteer their time to attend negotiations.  Well done all!

Once the CMPA and ACTRA had an agreement in principal and as expected, the UBCP presented us with another counter to our final offer from June of 2012.  The Negotiating Producers (the CMPA-BC and the AMPTP) set up a date with the UBCP bargaining committee members to meet and discuss the offer in person on Dec 18, 2012.  Carol Lombardini flew in from LA and we went back to the table to see if we could reach an agreement.  We could not agree on terms so the UBCP will now call for mediation in the matter and we expect to schedule mediated bargaining sessions in the early part of 2013.  Please keep signing your Safe Harbour agreements for productions going into prep. The terms of the 2009-2012 agreement still apply.

WorkSafe Update:

We received word on November 29, 2012 that the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC met and approved the proposed Policy to provide extended workers compensation coverage to individuals working on provincial productions.  The new policy will come into effect January 1, 2013.

The Assessment Department of WorkSafeBC generated a draft application form and met with the parties on December 17th, 2012 to consult with regard to the process of application for coverage, the administration of the new policy, documentation required and registration and coverage issues.  The CMPA and the AMPTP are working together on generating a document covering all the issues.  We will send out to all concerned before the holiday break.

And that’s just about a wrap for 2012.  A little more to do tomorrow and then we are closing the office and going offline for the break.

Happy Holidays to all!


2013 Branch Council Elections 

This year’s Branch Council election results were announced and approved at the Annual General Meeting on December 12th.   We are pleased to report that of 70 ballots distributed, 35 completed ballots were returned – a 50% voter turn-out! Returning Branch Council members are Karyn Edwards (Brightlight Pictures), Brian Hamilton (Omnifilm Entertainment), Jayme Pfahl (Gang of 2 Productions), Kim Roberts (Honalee Productions), Cal Shumiatcher (Paperny Entertainment) and Elyot Waller (Nerd Corps Entertainment).  New members elected this year are Jeff Bear (Urban Rez Productions) and Barb Harwood (Thunderbird Films). The 2013 Executive was elected at a subsequent Branch Council meeting as follows: CHAIR – Brian Hamilton, VICE-CHAIR – Cal Shumiatcher, SECRETARY – Elyot Waller, TREASURER – Jayme Pfahl.  Special thanks to Matt Toner (Zeros to Heroes) and Mary Anne Waterhouse (Quadrant Motion Pictures) for their participation as members of the 2012 Branch Council.

Telefilm Canada

Over the past few months CMPA-BC has facilitated two meetings with Telefilm’s Carolle Brabant (Executive Director) and Dave Forget (Director, Business Affairs and Certification) to discuss both the decline in production and decrease in Telefilm financing to BC in recent years.  As a result of these meetings, Telefilm has committed to ensuring decision-makers Stephanie Azam and Michael Pradier visit BC four times per year to meet with BC producers, to including CMPA-BC and BC Producers in an upcoming review of recent changes to the Development Program and to continuing the dialogue with respect to upcoming changes to its Production Program. In addition, we will explore potential partnerships in our international marketing efforts.

Canada Media Fund

CMPA-BC staff continue to participate in various CMF’s Working Groups including the WG on Regional Production. We were pleased see that the CMF recently changed the status of Vancouver to be a region with respect to CMF’s Development Program, something the CMPA had recommended.  As the CMF prepares for an update of their guidelines for fiscal 2014/15 we will continue to participate in these consultations in the New Year.

Creative Industries Coalition 

CMPA-BC and partner industry associations Music BC, the Association of Book Publishers of BC and the Magazines Association of BC continue to advocate for the adoption of a cross-sectoral creative industries strategy in BC. We note the compelling $4.0 Billion economic contribution made by the creative industries along with the impressive 80,000 jobs in the sector and ask that it be recognized alongside other industry sectors. The coalition made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance in October and has had numerous meetings with politicians including MLA’s Carole James and Bruce Ralston (NDP Election Platform Co-Chairs) and Culture Minister Bill Bennett.  We met with Brian Coxford (Global BC TV) and Rick Cluff (CBC Radio) to pitch stories on the creative industries strategy.  Global ran a two part story this fall – links here:

Strategic Review of Screen-Based Industries in British Columbia

The Province launched the first ever review of the economic impact of the screen-based industries in BC including film, television, interactive media, VFX/animation and gaming.  Other partners in the review include Vancouver Economic Commission, CMPA-BC, MPPIA, BC Film + Media and Wavefront.  This project is currently on hold until more data on digital media becomes available.  Nordicity is producing a Canadian Interactive Industry Profile for the Canadian Interactive Alliance which will solicit more statistical information from BC’s digital media industry that can be used in the BC report.  An Economic Profile of the Film and Television Industry is currently in the process of being finalized.


BC-UK Co-Production Forum – February 3-7, 2013

In partnership with BC Film+Media, the BC Film Commission and MPPIA, CMPA-BC is coordinating this targeted co-production session in London and Manchester/UK.  The intention is to update producers on soon to be announced changes to the UK’s tax incentives with respect to dramatic television series and to build co-production relationships with UK companies and broadcasters.  13 BC production companies are participating along with representatives from several Canadian Broadcasters, BC Film+Media, Telefilm Canada and CMPA-BC.

Prime Time in Ottawa – March 6-8, 2013

The Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for Canada’s most prominent business leaders, decision-makers and policy experts in the television, film and digital media production industry.

Prime Time in Ottawa 2013 will be held from March 6-8 at the Westin Ottawa. The Early Bird Rate for registration ends on January 1st. To see some of the most popular sessions our 600+ delegates enjoyed last year click on YouTube and you can register here:

CMPA Producer Delegation to Brazil – February 18-23, 2012

The Canadian Media Production Association and the Canada Media Fund are organizing a trade-focused delegation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 18-23, 2013 to participate in RioContentMarket. Up to 10 producers will be given the opportunity to fully participate in RioContentMarket 2013, including conference panels, business to business meetings and a number of networking events.  Financial assistance will be available to help offset a portion of travel and accommodation expenses.

Please complete and return this statement of interest to participate as a delegate by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, January 11, 2013.  For any questions, please contact Susanne Vaas by e-mail at or by phone at 1-800- 656-7440 ext. 337.

Opening the Book on Film 3 – March 27, 2013

After two successful conferences in 2008 and 2009 bringing film and television and book publishing/literary industry representatives together, we are again hosting with BC Film+Media and the Association of BC Book Publishers our third event next March.  This will be a half day session with opportunities for business to business meetings, keynote speaker and a networking reception.  Stay tuned for more details in the New Year.

Merging Media Conference Update

Our third annual Merging Media Conference and Master Class took place on October 25 + 26, 2012. This year’s event was our most successful to date in terms of programming scope and attendance with over 350 participants.  Keynote Speaker Jeff Gomez reported that the conference was quickly becoming one of the “best transmedia conferences in the world”.  If you missed being there in person, videos of this year’s excellent panels and speakers can be found in the Merging Media Library:

January 27 – 30, 2013 – Realscreen Summit – Washington, DC

February 5 – 8, 2013 – Kidscreen Summit – Whistler, BC

March 6 – 8, 2013 – Prime Time – Ottawa, ONT

March 8 – 16, 2013 – SXSW – Austin, TX

April 8 – 11, 2013 – MIPTV – Cannes, France

For staff contact details, please visit the CMPA webiste.

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