We were pleased to welcome Susan Brinton to the Vancouver office as Senior Project Manager in January. Susan’s extensive industry knowledge and experience make her a great addition to the staff team. In this role, Susan will be managing a number of projects including export and professional development initiatives. Susan’s contact information can be found at end of this newsletter.
Film+TV Showcase Events in Victoria – April 28-29, 2015
CMPA-BC, Music BC and MPPIA will co-host a showcase film/music event on the evening of Tuesday April 28th at Victoria’s Union Club. MLA’s, key provincial government staff and industry stakeholders have been invited to this celebration of BC’s music and film/television sectors. CMPA-BC has engaged Rory Richards to Executive Produce the event with Victoria based Atomique Productions handling the event production. In addition, an interactive presentation on the sectors will take place at the BC Legislative Building on April 29th. Brent Butt has been confirmed as MC for the showcase event and Sarah McLachlan as special musical guest. If members are interested in attending, please contact the office.
WED Funding Announcement
Creative BC has been awarded $1.2 million in new funding from the federal government aimed at boosting international awareness of the province’s creative industries and attracting foreign investment. Funding is being allocated through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED) over the next 3 years and will be dispersed by Creative BC to organizations representing BC’s creative industries – CMPA-BC Producers’ Branch, Music BC, the Association of Book Publishers of BC, DigiBC and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC. Eligible activities will focus on export market development, investment attraction, and event support. CMPA-BC staff are currently working with Creative BC to finalize export-focused events for CMPA members for 2015/16 including trade missions and international market/conference support.
Industrial Relations Update
The final months of 2014 and first quarter of 2015 fiscal year have been a busy time for the CMPA-BC Industrial Relations team. Gigi Boyd returned to work as VP, Industrial Relations in November, 2014 and took up where Acting VP, Industrial Relations Linda Hay left off in October. Thanks to Jenn Buchanan for ably bridging the department and for her constant support of CMPA-BC members throughout the transition. Late 2014 and January through mid-March, 2015 were all about bargaining. We are pleased to report that negotiations were successfully concluded with the DGC BC and the UBCP. The DGC BC ratified a new three year agreement on March 1, 2015 and the UBCP ratified on March 22, 2015. The CMPA-BC has not concluded negotiations with the BC Council of Film Unions at date of writing but we expect to be back at the table sometime in late summer of 2015.
When not at the bargaining table we are working on new training initiatives for members with Liz and Senior Project Manager Susan Brinton. More news in the early summer but we hope to do some partnering on training sessions with our colleagues at the DGC BC and create new opportunities for Producers to hire cross-media interns on drama productions. We are in the early stages but will send out more information as plans are firmed up.
Merging Media – Moving Forward
CMPA-BC is currently in discussion with the Vancouver International Film Festival regarding partnering on a targeted digital / online marketplace program at VIFF Industry in 2015. This would be an alternative to producing Merging Media as a stand alone event this year. More details to come as plans are finalized for this September.
Canada Media Fund – Driving the Digital Economy
Last month Canada Media Fund (CMF) President and CEO Valerie Creighton made a presentation on Canada’s media industry at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.
Creighton announced that the CMF will be holding a formal consultation process with industry stakeholders and funders this coming fall to help the organization develop policies and programs that make sense in a changing media landscape. For example, the CMF is currently looking at focusing its funding efforts on “landmark content” in a world where financial resources may be reduced and priorities have changed. Going forward, Creighton said the CMF will also be seeking out more collaborations with partners so content creators will have access to more capital and expertise. For example, the CMF announced it was launching an accelerator partnership pilot program with about 20 business accelerators across Canada, with the goal of providing digital projects supported through the experimental stream better access to markets, mentorship and capital. Creighton also said the CMF will be looking at how it can better support marketing initiatives for Canadian content, and make sure that any promotion is targeted at the right audiences.
The full presentation can be found here (Driving the Digital Economy)
CMPA Information Session – April 20, 2015
The Canadian Media Production Association, BC Producers’ Branch invites you to join Michael Hennessy, President & CEO and Jay Thomson, Vice-President, Broadcasting Policy & Regulatory Affairs for an information session regarding the CRTC’s recent Let’s Talk TV decisions.
Details of the session are as follows:
Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Georgian Court Hotel, The Mezzanine Terrace, 773 Beatty Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2M4
YOUR RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE SESSION. Please e-mail your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17, 2015.
Networking Lunch at Kidscreen – February 24, 2015
In partnership with Creative BC and the Youth Media Alliance, CMPA-BC coordinated a networking session at Kidscreen to showcase the BC animation sector to conference attendees. A targeted group of key international broadcasters and distributors were invited to network with the participating nine BC animation studios. As part of the program, a demo reel of participants’ work was screened and representatives of each studio provided a brief company overview – thanks to Atomic Cartoons for compiling a fantastic demo reel!
Prime Time in Ottawa – March 4-6, 2015
The CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.
Prime Time in Ottawa 2015 was another resounding success. Thanks to delegates, speakers and panelists for bringing your expertise and comments to our 20th annual conference.
Hong Kong Filmart – March 23-26, 2015
CMPA-BC worked in partnership with Creative BC to promote and coordinate a Canadian pavilion at the Hong Kong Filmart this year. Jan Miller was hired to recruit participants, oversee the delegation and attend the market on CMPA’s behalf. HK Filmart has emerged as a key film/tv market to access Asian buyers with over 32 countries and regions now participating.
Feature Project Lab – Whistler, BC
Sponsored by CMPA-BC, the Whistler Film Festival has announced Call for Applications for a newly phased Feature Project Lab. The Feature Project Lab provides an unique opportunity for producers to get rigorous market feedback from seasoned veterans at the most critically important stage of their project’s development.
Canadian producers are invited to submit an application for the WFF Feature Project Lab by April 24, 2015. The application form and guidelines are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
National Canadian Film Day – April 29, 2015
Digital Days – May 2 & 3
Save the date for Digital Days 2015: May 2 & 3 at the BOSA Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University.
Building off the success of preceding Digital Days events, IATSE 669, IATSE 891, and the DGC BC will be hosting Digital Days 2015. This industry-wide gathering offers the BC film community a rare opportunity to come together for two days of learning and networking around creative, technical and business issues arising with new Digital Technologies.
Banff World Media Festival – June 7-10, 2015
For over three decades, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. Attracting over 150 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects. CMPA members can access a discounted registration rate.