Anti-Harassment Training for Producers
February 15, 2018
BrightLane, 545 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Harassment is an issue at the forefront of many workplaces today, whether in the office, on set or at a remote location.  As the employers, producers have unique responsibilities, obligations and liabilities.  To learn how to keep your workplaces and your business safe, we are presenting a workshop with Janice Rubin and Cory Boyd.

Janice is recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers and regularly appears on the Best Lawyers and Leading Practitioners lists in Canada.

While recognized for her depth of expertise in all areas of employment law, Janice is considered a leading authority in the area of workplace harassment and workplace investigation.

At Prime Time 2018, Janice led a roundtable discussion titled “Harassment: Changing the Culture” with the Honourable Marilou McPhedran and Read-Admiral Jennifer Bennett. To listen to that discussion, click here.


i. What is Sexual Harassment? –  clarifying terms, how are different groups affected?
ii. What are Employers’ obligations? – who is the employer and who is the employee?
iii. Basics of Workplace Investigations – What triggers them and what are typical remedial steps an employer can take if wrongdoing is found?
iv. Bystanders – their crucial role – and how to motivate them

Note: a light lunch and snacks will be provided

The four training modules above will be taped and made available to those who are unable to attend in person.

Janice and Cory will also be preparing a sexual harassment handbook which will build upon the training and provide additional resources.

To register, click here.

Prime Time Anytime Podcasts are Live!

All of the Prime Time breakout sessions as well as the livestreamed sessions are available for you to listen on our podcast feed.

You can find the Prime Time Anytime podcast on iTunes or your podcast app of choice.

iLunch: Leading Creative Teams
March 5, 2018
Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (250 Yonge St, 35th Floor)
Toronto, ON

There are unique considerations for leading teams in interactive and convergent media. Often overseeing 4 key areas converging: creative, technology, finance, and policy, the leadership role’s creative challenge is the human factor.  At our March iLunch, award-winning producer Victoria Evans of Digital Vic will share practical insights into effective leadership for teams creating digital content.

Victoria has 15 years of professional content experience and as a former post-grad instructor and educator at Centennial College has mentored media professionals transitioning to the digital realm.

Victoria is often invited to speak at major events and conferences on the subjects of Audience Engagement, Content Strategy, and Digital Media Production. She’s been an advisor and evaluator to some of Canada’s major funders: the OMDC, Bell New Media Fund, Independent Production Fund, and the Canada Media Fund.

iLunch is Interactive Ontario‘s monthly lunch-and-learn series that provides skills development and networking to interactive digital media producers and those in other sectors wishing to learn more or collaborate with IDM creators. Each session includes lunch, a panel discussion or presentation, Q&A and networking time.

Discounted registration is available to CMPA members. To unlock the discount enter code: CMPAmarch2018.

To register, click here.


CBC Business & Rights: “Connecting with Communities”
March 2, 2018 – 3:30pm-4:30pm ET
Halifax, NS

CBC B&R would like to invite CMPA members to attend upcoming “Connecting with Communities” sessions across the country, with the first in our nation’s capital. The focus will be Working With Indies: A round table conversation between new and emerging independent producers and the CBC staff who work with them.

Sections include: “Who’s Who?” a round-the-table introduction of the people in attendance, starting with local and visiting CBC staffers, “What is CBC up to?” an overview of CBC’s programming genres and the many exciting platforms CBC now uses to bring Canadian content to audiences, “What happens if my show is picked up by CBC” an overview of CBC’s development and production processes and cycle, and much more.

For more information, click here

Note: More locations and dates to be announced.

Next Stop: St. John’s on March 5th (to register, click here).

Kidscreen Summit
February 12-15, 2018
Miami, FL

Kidscreen’s premier annual event, which has quickly grown into the world’s leading conference on the business of kids entertainment, hosting nearly 2,000 attendees from around the world. Top decision- and deal-makers attend to engage in critical dialogue, network and find new ideas that will drive their businesses forward.

CMPA members receive $400 USD OFF on registration to the Kidscreen Summit with code: CMPAKSS18.

For more information, click here.

July 25-28, 2018
Montreal, QC

JFL ComedyPRO is the most important annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy world that explores all facets of comedy. The four-day event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and includes TV cast panels, industry executive panels, online stars and creators, keynotes, live script reads, networking events, parties, pitch sessions, executive meetings, live stand-up, the best comedy awards show on the planet and more!

CMPA members receive 10% OFF industry passes with the following code: 2018CMPA. This offer is valid until May 4th, 2018.

For more information, click here.


Heritage Minutes: Request for Proposals
Deadline: February 12, 2018

Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute collection contains more than 85 one-minute shorts about key moments or figures in Canadian History. More than twenty-five years since the first Heritage Minute premiered, these spots have become an enduring part of popular culture in Canada.

Historica Canada is once again looking for stories from our country’s past.

To review the Heritage Minutes RFP in English and French, please click here.

71st Festival de Cannes
Deadline: February 12, 2018

Telefilm Canada is currently accepting entries of narrative features films on behalf of the Cannes Film Festival for the selection screenings to be held in Montréal from February 19 to March 15, 2018.

Three invited delegates, each representing the selection committee of their respective section, will separately screen Canadian feature films for:

  • The 71st Festival de Cannes – Sélection Officielle (March 12-15)
    • Compétition, Hors compétition et Un Certain Regard
  • The 50th Directors’ Fortnight (March 5-9)
  • The 57th Critics’ Week (February 19-22)

For more information, click here.

Blockchain Prototype
Deadline: February 14, 2018

Join the Blockchain Prototype by registering before February 14th, 2018!

The prototype will simulate production contracts, artists engagement, distribution and funding contracts. We will seek your feedback to tell us what worked well, what didn’t and suggestions, changes and improvements.

Testing: March 1st – March 15th, 2018.

To register click here. If you have questions, please email Éric Senécal.

MIPTV 2018
Various Deadlines beginning February 21, 2018

MIPTV is an international market dedicated to financing, co-production, acquisitions and sales of audiovisual content on all platforms. The meeting possibilities, visibility opportunities and range of distribution platforms make this event a must in the industry and one of the largest markets in the world!

Preceded by the MIPDOC and the MIPFORMAT, (April 7 to 8, 2018), MIPTV attracts annually more than 10,500 industry professionals from 100 countries.

For more information, click here.


  • Jesse Wente has been named as the first director of Canada’s new Indigenous Screen Office. The purpose of the Indigenous Screen Office is to support the development, production and marketing of Indigenous screen content and storytelling in Canada.
  • Entertainment One has acquired the remaining 49% stake in The Mark Gordon Company and named Mark Gordon the new president and chief content officer of film, television and digital. Additionally the former head of eOne’s global film group, Steve Bertram, has been named president of film, television and digital. John Morayniss, who has led eOne’s television business since its launch in 2008, has stepped down from his position, though he’ll remain with eOne through the transition. Additionally, it was reported that Cal Shumiatcher, the head of eOne’s Canadian unscripted operations, will be leaving the company.
  • Montreal-headquartered producer and distributor Cineflix Media has bolstered its development team with the addition of former Whizz Kid Entertainment exec Jimmy Baker as senior VP of development for Cineflix Productions.
  • RTR Media has promoted Toni Miceli to CEO and partner of the company. Kit Redmond, co-founder and former CEO of the company, will now oversee the company as executive chair and president. Jenna Keane has been named a partner and chief creative officer.
  • Guru Studio has hired Jonathan Abraham to the newly created role of sales and new business development. Previously Abraham served as director of international sales and acquisitions at Toronto’s Portfolio Entertainment and as international sales and marketing manager for Hong Kong-based toyco Zuru Ltd.
  • Solange Attwood has been promoted to executive vice president, international at Blue Ant Media. Previously SVP, international, Attwood will continue to oversee the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s international distribution arm.
  • Our House Media (OHM) has expanded its operations to L.A., tapping industry veteran Matt Hanna to lead its new office as president of OHM USA.
  • Vancouver-based producers Marc Stephenson and Leah Mallen have formed a new production company, All In Pictures, with several kids- and teen-focused projects currently in development.
  • After Rogers Media officially ended its three-year-old partnership in the Viceland specialty channel, Vice Media has laid off a number of employees attached to the channel and its affiliated content studio, Vice Studios Canada. 23 permanent and contract positions at the company have been affected.