As staff prepare to take some time away this summer, this issue provides an update on what we’ve been up to since our April edition. You will see that we continue to be active in all areas of our operations – Industrial Relations, Government Relations, and Member Services/Industry Development. I wanted to bring to your attention an invitation to our Summer BBQ on Wednesday July 23 at the home of CMPA-BC Co-Chair Brian Hamilton (thanks Brian!). This will be a great chance to meet other CMPA members and spend some time with special CMPA guests Vice-President Outreach and Strategic Initiatives Marguerite Pigott and President and CEO Michael Hennessy. See details later on in this newsletter and hope to see you there!
CMPA-BC Staff and members of our Government Relations Committee recently met with Ministers Teresa Wat (International Trade), Naomi Yamamoto (Small Business and Tourism) as well as Michele Cadario (Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier), Greg Kyllo (Parliamentary Secretary for BC Jobs Plan) and Ramona Soares (Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade) to advance our recommendation of the establishment of a Creative Industries Cross-Ministry Working Group and to secure additional support for Creative BC. We also met with Barinder Bhullar (Senior Director International Missions) regarding CMPA member participation in the Premier’s mission to India this Fall.
Premier’s Business Council
CMPA-BC recently joined the BC Liberal Business Council. The Council hosts a quarterly meeting with various business leaders, Premier Christy Clark as well as key Cabinet Ministers in attendance.
Film Permitting Forum
On June 18th, Creative BC and the Township of Langley hosted a forum to discuss the fortification of Vancouver’s competitive advantage through efficient and effective municipal film permitting. Acting VP of IR Linda Hay participated in a panel with other industry employers and supervisors to discuss the challenges faced by productions in relation to film permitting in Greater Vancouver. At the forum the City of Vancouver spoke re ongoing work in tandem with industry representatives and the VPD to review its policies around policing for film sets, and also announced that, beginning July 1, 2014, production companies will be charged 63% of the maximum potential revenue of any used parking meter as opposed to the previous 100%. This more accurately reflects occupancy at metered areas most used by the film industry. This rate will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Upcoming Collective Bargaining
The BC Council of Films Unions Master Agreement, DGC BC Collective Agreement and UBCP BC Master are set to expire on March 31, 2015. As such, collective bargaining negotiations will commence in November 2014, with prep taking place in LA in August 2014. Additionally, the Writer’s Guild of Canada Independent Production Agreement is expiring on December 31, 2014 with negotiations commencing in October 2014 in conjunction with our national IR team and our colleagues at the APQM. We welcome any feedback on these agreements at this time and will be holding meetings with the CMPA-BC Branch Industrial Relations Committee to review all proposals over the next few months.
Temporary Foreign Workers
As you are probably aware, the federal government last week introduced a number of changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that may impact productions within our industry. We are currently analyzing these changes to understand their full implications and will shortly be in a position to release a strategy as part of both our short-term and long-term lobbying efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new guidelines, or if you did not receive the full Note to Members on June 25th that addresses this topic.
CMPA-BC is taking part in strategic planning sessions for Actsafe and welcomes any member feedback regarding the role of the organization, and safety in general, in our industry. As summer is upon us, check out their bulletin on working in extreme temperatures.
BC Producers’ Branch – Strategic Planning Session
The BC Branch Council and Senior Staff held a Strategic Planning Session in May that was facilitated by consultant Rob Egan. Key priorities identified for 2014/15 included: Government Relations, Targeting New Markets, Professional Development, Funding to Creative BC and Raising Industry Profile. Labour Relations was also acknowledged as a core ongoing priority of the Branch.
CMPA BC Animation Committee
CMPA-BC was asked to form an animation committee where BC animation studios can discuss further collaborations in the areas of export development (building on recent success of UK Co-Pro Forum and an event at Kidscreen), marketing and government relations. In addition, the Committee will be a vehicle to discuss other issues of common interest moving forward.
CMPA-BC Summer BBQ
Following on from last year’s successful event, the CMPA-BC is once again hosting a summer BBQ for all CMPA members on Wednesday, July 23. Special guests will be CMPA President and CEO Michael Hennessy and Vice President, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives Marguerite Pigott. We hope to see you there!
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: Wednesday July 23, 2014
Location: 3590 Ontario Street (at 20th Ave), Vancouver, BC
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please be sure to include any dietary requirements or food allergies.
Merging Media Conference: November 13-14, 2014
After reaching out to industry for feedback on the future of the conference through focus group testing, we are pleased to report that Merging Media will be back this fall for our 5th Edition. Under the banner “Where Content Means Business”, this year’s event will offer a marketplace for original on-line digital content as well as existing project catalogues. Our plan is to attract key buyers and commissioners to ensure that participants can take advantage of opportunities posed by OTT channels, new platforms and multi-channel networks (MCN’s).
UK-BC Animation Co-Production Forum
Several business deals have already been concluded as result of this past February’s UK Forum. Nerd Corps Entertainment is in development with world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, author Lucy Hawking, to bring their bestselling “George Greenby” children’s book series to TV. The Hawkings and Nerd Corps, along with UK-based Pure Grass Films, will develop a 26 x half-hour, 3D-animated series. In addition, Rainmaker Entertainment successfully secured production of 104 x 11 minute episodes of “Bob the Builder” with HIT Entertainment in UK. The new series is being produced out of HIT’s UK headquarters with animation services provided by Mainframe, a division of Rainmaker.
Package Deal Set Visit: (April 2014)
On April 25th, CMPA-BC attended the live-taping of CityTV’s “Package Deal.” It’s always interesting to see how live-audience shows were filmed, and we were able to reach out to the audience members regarding the #EyeonCanada social media initiative. Attendees were each given an #EyeonCanada button and challenged to tweet about their favorite Canadian films and shows, and they took to the challenge with gusto. It was an entertaining night, full of laughs, fun, and some great audience participation.
Banff World Media Festival (June 2014)
CMPA-BC staff attended the 35th Banff World Media Festival to participate in the National Board meeting of CMPA and meet with other industry stakeholders. Liz Shorten participated in a roundtable on UK Co-productions, and the CMPA welcomed incoming National Chair Jamie Brown, as well as celebrated the first anniversary of the #eyeoncanada social media initiative.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program Information Session
Thursday July 10, 2014 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Creative BC invites you to an information session regarding Canada’s revised Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The session will provide an overview of the recent changes and address their impact on the motion picture, television, commercial advertising, digital, interactive and music sectors.
Presented by: Ernst & Young, Egan Business Immigration Lawyers and representation from Service Canada
- Matthew Wong – Senior Development Officer, Service Canada
- Jonathan Leebosh, Partner, Egan Business Immigration Lawyers
- Lui Petrollini, Partner Media and Entertainment Leader, Ernst & Young
1181 Seymour Street
Please RSVP at email@example.com
Strategic Partners Producer Applications & Industry Registration Deadline Extended: July 4th
Strategic Partners 2014 in Halifax is now open for producer applications and industry registrations. As the deadline to apply is fast approaching, please find the links to apply/register here.
Strategic Partners is one of the world’s top international co-production/co-financing markets. Focusing on feature film, TV and web-based fiction, SP includes projects looking for financing as well as those still at an early stage, looking for the right partner. This year’s event will take place September 11th -14th, and Creative BC is doing a Passport to Markets call for applications to assist producers who wish to attend.
Just for Laughs- ComedyPRO 2014- July 24-26, 2014
Just for Laughs – ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry in Montreal, QC. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen, and in ComedyPRO’s relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, we’re all equals!
Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, three-day conference gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances of comedy’s buzziest podcasts. CMPA Members save 15%. Register with code: CMPA2014
AFM Producers Forum – November 8-12, 2014
Santa Monica, CA, USA
The AFM Producers Forum is exclusively for experienced producers from around the world, to learn and network at the AFM. The AFM Producers Forum is hosted – there is no additional cost to participate – but participation is limited to 400 producers. AFM, November 5-12, is the premiere global marketplace for motion picture production and distribution and the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America.