2014 December

CMPA-BC Producers' Branch E-Update, June 2012 – Volume 5

As 2014 draws to a close I want to say a special thank you to two Board members for their individual contributions to the CMPA-BC.  First to Jayme Pfahl for being our dedicated Treasurer for the past 5 years and to Brian Hamilton for his strong leadership and commitment as Chair for the past 4 years.  We will miss Jayme on the Branch Council moving forward but are pleased that Brian will stay on as Chair of our Government Relations Committee.  Thanks also to Gigi, Jennifer and Ryan for all their hard work this year.  Please note all CMPA offices will be closed December 22-January 2 and we wish everyone a safe and rewarding holiday season.

Staff Update

We were pleased to welcome back Gigi in October after a 6 month leave of absence spent producing the TV Series “Strange Empire” for CBC. Linda Hay finished her contract on Sept. 30th and has taken a new position with Telus. With Linda’s departure, we have restructured the administrative positions in the office and are pleased to welcome Ryan MacArthur in the newly created role of Office Manager.Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP)

CMPA-BC has participated in industry consultation meetings with Ministers Kenney and Alexander, Alexis Conrad (Director General of the TFWP) and has worked to bring BC issues to national agenda.  An industry wide proposal was submitted to government in early fall and we are still waiting for government’s response.

Select Standing Committee on Finance + Government Services

CMPA-BC, Music BC and the Association of Book Publishers of BC made a joint presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on the importance of the creative economy on October 14, 2014.  The Committee makes recommendations to the Finance Minister regarding priorities for the upcoming provincial budget.

Premier’s Trade Mission to India – October 13-17, 2014

CMPA-BC worked with Creative BC to develop the film/TV program for the trade mission.  CMPA member participants included Atomic Cartoons, DHX Media, Nerd Corps, Omnifilm Entertainment and Massey Productions.  The film program focused on Hyderabad (TV) and Mumbai (Film). The Premier participated in a number of events in Mumbai including an industry roundtable moderated by Omni’s Brian Hamilton.

Creative Industries Working Group

A cross-ministry working group of Provincial Assistant Deputy Ministers with a focus on the Creative Industries has been created and had its first meeting on November 21st. This working group was one of the recommendations that CMPA-BC made in our report “From Margins to Mainstream: Moving BC’s Creative Industries Forward” released in 2012.

Tour of Kelowna Animation Studios

CMPA-BC has invited Premier Clark to tour Kelowna based CMPA member studios Bardel Animation and Yeti Farm (joint venture with Atomic Cartoons) when her schedule permits as part of CMPA’s Regional Outreach Strategy.  Other local Liberal MLA’s will also be invited to the tour and industry roundtable alongside Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland.

As 2014 sunsets, the BC IR Team takes a look back on a busy year and looks forward to keeping up the pace in 2015.  We began the year in full-on prep with our Animation producer members, seeking to renew the long expired UBCP Animation Agreement.  After hard fought negotiations in January and February, we successfully concluded bargaining in early March on a new three year agreement (2014-2017).  Mid-year the team spent time working in conjunction with ActSafe on production safety initiatives, prepping for a major cycle of multi-union bargaining sessions  and working in close association with our Ontario colleagues on the new federal policies regarding  temporary foreign workers.

Collective Bargaining 2014/2015

Preparation for bargaining with the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), BC Council of Film Unions (BCCFU), Directors Guild of Canada BC District Council (DGC BC) and the Union of BC Performers (UBCP) began in April.  We struck a new IR Committee and respective Bargaining Sub-committees for each set of negotiations.  Throughout the summer the IR Team and the sub-committees drafted proposals and attended prep sessions in Los Angeles with our bargaining partners at the AMPTP.  We also met with the CMPA’s Toronto IR Team and the Association Québecoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) in Montreal in preparation for negotiations with the WGC.

Bargaining commenced in October with the WGC in Vancouver, followed by negotiations with the BCCFU in Vancouver in November and a second session in Los Angeles in December.  Multi -bargaining sessions with the DGCBC and the UBCP are scheduled for January and February, 2015 (see table below).

Union Bargaining Dates Comments

Teamsters 155

Session 1 – Vancouver
Nov 3 – Nov 7, 2014Session 2 – LA
Dec 1 – Dec 11, 2014Session 3 – TBC, 2015
We are still in negotiations with the BCCFU after the two bargaining sessions detailed at left.  We will schedule another session in early 2015 and report back to membership once a deal has been reached.

BC Member/Producer Reps:
Andrew  Williamson – Lark Productions
Karyn Edwards – Thunderbird Entertainment

DGC BC Session 1 – LA
Jan 12 – Jan 16, 2015Session 2 – Vancouver
Jan 26 – Jan 30, 2015
BC Member/Producer Reps:
Marnie Young – Front Street Pictures
Bridget Hill – Omnifilm Entertainment
UBCP Session 1 – LA
Feb 9 – Feb 13, 2015Session 2 – Vancouver
Feb 23 – Feb 27, 2015
BC Member/Producer Reps:
Paddy Bickerton – Reunion Pictures
Marnie Young – Front Street Pictures
WGC Session 4 – Toronto
Jan 20 – Jan 22, 2015
BC member/Producer Reps:
Alex Raffe – Thunderbird Films
Paddy Bickerton – Reunion Pictures


The CMPA-BC IR Team took part in strategic planning sessions with Actsafe over the summer which will shape the direction of the organization in 2015.  Safety continues to be top of mind at the CMPA-BC with staff participating in Actsafe’s Motion Picture Standing Committee and various subcommittees include working alone, road safety and return to work.  The IR Team frequently consults with members on safety issues to ensure that Actsafe remains fit for purpose for independent production.

Temporary Foreign Workers

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program were introduced in June and the CMPA IR and Government Relations teams lead an industry wide lobbying effort to ensure the motion picture industry was consulted and considered in the implementation of the changes.  The CMPA continues to work closely with our colleagues in the animation and visual effects industries to find solutions to the talent shortage faced by our busy BC companies.

Thank you to all of our committee volunteers!

We would like to thank the members of our IR Committee and Bargaining Sub-committees for all of the valuable time and expertise they have contributed to negotiations.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2015
Jennifer and Gigi

BC Branch Council Election

For the first time this year BC members voted online to elect the 2015 BC Branch Council and we are pleased to report that 67.5% of the membership voted!  Returning Branch Council members for 2015 are Karyn Edwards/Thunderbird (Vice-Chair), Brian Hamilton/Omnifilm Entertainment, Kim Roberts/Honalee Productions (Co-Chair), Cal Shumiatcher/Paperny Entertainment, Elyot Waller/Nerd Corps Entertainment (Treasurer) with new members Stephen Hegyes/Reality Distortion Field, Trevor Hodgson/Lark Productions and Rob Simmons/Atomic Cartoons (Co-Chair).

National CMPA Board Meeting and Reception

The BC Branch was pleased to host the National CMPA Board meeting here in Vancouver on September 30th – this was the first time the National Board had met in Vancouver in 7 years.  The meeting was followed by a networking reception for BC members and members of the National Board.


Networking Lunch at Kidscreen – February 24, 2015

In partnership with Creative BC and the Youth Media Alliance, CMPA-BC is coordinating a networking session at Kidscreen to showcase the BC animation sector to conference attendees. A targeted group of key international broadcasters and distributors will be invited to meet with participating BC animation studios.

Hong Kong Filmart – March 23-26, 2015

CMPA will work in partnership with Creative BC to promote and coordinate a Canadian presence in Hong Kong next year.  Filmart has emerged as a key film/tv market to access Asian buyers with over 32 countries and regions now participating.

Creative Industries Day – April 29, 2015

CMPA-BC is working with House Speaker Linda Reid, Music BC and Association of Book Publishers of BC to present a Creative Industries Day in Victoria next year.  Programming is yet to be determined but the goal is to showcase BC’s music, film/tv and publishing sectors to provincial politicians and staff.


Digital Sales Workshop – October 1-2, 2014

Digital rights specialist Wendy Bernfeld provided an in-depth analysis of new revenue opportunities, including strategies, best practices, principles and deal points involved in selling content to online buyers around the world.  New business models including SVOD, TVOD, ADVOD, EST, and the funding of originals were reviewed. The session was repeated the next week in Toronto and was live streamed for members only.

Merging Media 5 – November 13-14, 2014

This year’s Conference shifted focus to provide content owners and producers with access to the new wave of OTT/digital buyers worldwide. The format included Canada’s only online digital marketplace. Over 20 online buyers participated including Blinkbox, Xbox, Starz, Fremantle, BBC Worldwide, Snagfilms, Youtube/Google and Fandor.  A companion Digital Extensions Lab sponsored by Sundance TV was also part of this year’s programming.

BC Animation in LA Session – November 18, 2014

In partnership with Creative BC, CMPA-BC coordinated a focused business development session in Los Angeles for BC animation studios.  The format included a “Working with BC” overview, profiles of the BC animation companies and business to business meetings.  11 BC Animation studios participated in the initiative.


Understanding Canada’s tax credit programs for film and television production Stakeholder Information Session with Johanne Mennie, Director of CAVCO

If you’re involved in the motion picture, television and animation industries in BC, you’ll want to attend this stakeholder information session being hosted by Creative BC with Johanne Mennie, the new Director of the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO).  CAVCO is the federal agency that co-administers the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) and the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) which are, along with BC’s tax credit programs, strong economic incentives in encouraging local and international production in BC.

Johanne will give her vision of CAVCO’s role as BC producers face the evolving film, television and digital media environment.  Attendees are encouraged to bring forward any issues or questions they may have about the federal tax credit programs as well as suggestions to enhance these programs.

Event Details:

Date:        January 13, 2015

Location:    SFU GoldCorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time:         8:30 – 11:00 am

There is no cost to attend this event but seating is limited and pre-registration is required  Click here for event details: https://eventbrite.ca/event/14986751778/

Prime Time in Ottawa – March 4-6, 2015

Don’t miss out! 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.  Register here: http://www.primetimeinottawa.ca

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