2016 April

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Change of NDP Critic for Creative Industries

MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert has returned to the “creative industries and tourism” portfolio as NDP Critic which is very positive news for the creative sector. Spencer held the portfolio previously as has proven to be a strong advocate for the film and television industry.  Liz has several meetings since his appointment in February to update him on the tax credit working group, Creative BC and BC Creates initiatives.

Creative Industries Week  (April 25-29, 2016)

Minister Shirley Bond again declared Creative Industries Week in BC on April 25th.  The CMPA-BC participated in a presentation showcasing BC’s Creative Industries and celebrating our award winning talent at the BC Legislature in Victoria on Tuesday April 26th.  The BC Creates communications brand, established to celebrate and tell the story of British Columbia’s vibrant creative industries, was the focus of this year’s event showcasing Virtual Reality, Motion Capture, Film Editing as well as live music from Vancouver musician Dan Mangan.

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Ongoing Advocacy

CMPA-BC staff and Branch Council members continue to attend various MLA functions including most recently a BC Liberals Jane Thornthwaite Event in March.  Upcoming events include NDP Spring Dinner with Leader John Horgan on May 5 and BC Liberal Leaders Dinner with Premier Christy Clark on June 6th.  CMPA-BC also participates in the BC Liberals Leadership Network that meets quarterly with the Premier and/or key Cabinet Ministers in attendance.  If you are interested in participating in future events, please contact Liz.


Bargaining Update

The end of 2015 and early 2016 saw a packed bargaining schedule for the CMPA-BC Industrial Relations team.  Gigi and Jennifer participated with our National colleagues (who led the CMPA Industrial Relations team and the IR Committee) and a full contingent of representatives from the US studios in the negotiations for a renewed ACTRA IPA.  We spent about seven weeks in total in Toronto and Montreal in the dead of winter but we are pleased to report that negotiations successfully concluded with respect to the 2016-2019 ACTRA IPA just before the end of December, 2015.  The ACTRA long form drafting process should be completed and the contract printed within a few months. We came back in January and jumped into prep for bargaining with the ACFC.  We concluded negotiations on a new three year deal with ACFC in early March and their members ratified the agreement on March 20, 2016.   Hard to believe but we are now heading into prep for another cycle of bargaining.  First up (in late 2016) we will be back at the table bargaining for a renewed UBCP BC Animation Agreement so prep for those negotiations will begin over the summer.  We are on our way to LA in early May for the first round of consultations with the BC Council of Film Unions (the BCCFU), the DGC BC and the UBCP.   Bargaining will commence with the five unions sometime in 2017 and we will be looking for volunteers for bargaining committees so stay tuned!  Speaking of volunteers, we would like to thank all of the CMPA-BC members who participated on the ACTRA National IR Committee and closer to home we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Laura Lightbown and Paddy Bickerton for their time and work on the ACFC bargaining committee.

Safety Update

Two key safety documents were published by Actsafe in the last quarter in consultation with the CMPA-BC and other key industry stakeholders via the Motion Picture Standing Committee.  The first of these documents was an information sheet in relation to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (or drones).  This document provides productions with long awaited clarity on the safe operations of drones on set.  The second of the documents published by Actsafe was with respect to the use of Wheel Chocks to secure vehicles when they are parked.  Following an on-set death in 2014, the CMPA-BC urged all productions to distribute this information sheet to their sets.

Community Affairs Task Force

The Community Affairs Task Force has been established by Marnie Orr at Creative BC.  Jennifer attended meetings of industry stakeholders in March and April to discuss ways productions can improve key relationships within the community such as with municipal workers, owners and residents of locations and members of the public.  A communications plan with that objective is being developed and the CMPA-BC will work with the DGC BC to determine ways in which employers can work with Location Managers to ensure the longevity of BC’s locations.

CMF Sub-committee

Gigi took an active role on the National CMPA/CMF sub-committee, formed to discuss and respond to the CMF 2016/2017 guideline consultations and advisory bulletins.  The sub-committee presented proposals to the broader CMPA/CMF Committee regarding increasing threshold license fees, broadcaster rights within the license fee thresholds (the broadcaster “basket of rights”), license terms and the allocation of CMF development funds.

Initiatives for Women Directors and the Discoverability Training Program

Gigi led the charge to get these two initiatives off the ground in 2015/2016.  See all the info in the EVENTS section above.

We’ll be back in touch in the fall.  Until then have a great summer from your CMPA-BC Industrial Relations team.

Contact:  Gigi Boyd (gigi.boyd@cmpa.ca) or Jennifer Buchanan (jennifer.buchanan@cmpa.ca)

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CMPA-BC is fortunate to be one of the industry associations eligible for enhanced funding in support of export development initiatives over the next two years.  This comes as a result of Creative BC’s successful application to Western Economic Diversification in securing $1.2 Million for export initiatives across BC’s creative industries.

Outreach re: Delegation to Australia (November 16-20, 2015)

Liz traveled with international consultant Jan Miller to attend the Screen Producer Australia (SPA) annual conference Screen Forever to explore co-production opportunities with Australia. The outreach objectives were to:

  1. Meet with key Australian Industry Agencies as follow-up to the CMPA National Delegation to Australia in 2013;
  2. Gain an overview of the current state of the Australian industry; and
  3. Confirm interest from the Australian industry in co-producing with BC/Canada and for a CMPA-BC Producers’ Delegation to travel to Australia for B2B meetings in 2016/17.

Based on the positive results of this trip and an expressed interest from SPA and key Australian agencies in working with CMPA-BC, we are now in discussion with Creative BC to further explore an Australia co-production initiative during fiscal 2016/17.

Realscreen (February 1-5, 2016)

Realscreen is a major international conference held in Washington DC focusing on factual programming. CMPA-BC secured designated meeting space in the main conference business lounge for BC factual producers to utilize during conference. Additionally, Realscreen was an opportunity for CMPA-BC to learn more about current activities in the genre and to meet with our Pact UK partners in advance of the upcoming BC-UK Factual Co-production Forum in late February.

Kidscreen Networking Lunch (February 9, 2016)

The CMPA-BC, the Youth Media Alliance and Creative BC hosted a well –attended networking luncheon at the Kidscreen Summit conference in Miami on February 9, 2016.  Eight BC companies participated in the lunch where they showcased the benefits of working in BC to broadcasters, buyers and potential production partners from around the globe.

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BC-UK Factual Co-production Forum – London (February 23-25, 2016)

Eight BC member production companies participated in the CMPA-BC’s very successful London Co-Production Forum with two intense days filled with overview of UK+Canadian markets, information re tax incentives and one-on-one business meetings with UK producers, broadcasters and distributors. The closing reception was held at Canada House in Trafalgar Square hosted by Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK. Senior Canadian factual content executives from Corus, Shaw, Bell and the Knowledge Network also participated. We’d like to thank our funding partners at Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and the BC Ministry of International Trade for their support of this initiative.

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CMPA-BC/Omnifilm TV Drama Directing Program for Women

The CMPA-BC/Omnifilm TV Drama Directing Program for Women is well under way on Mech-X4, Season I.  The CMPA-BC and the production company are co-funding the opportunity for eight emerging BC based female Directors who will each “shadow” on a full 2 episode block of the 16×30 minute series.  Congratulations to Brianne Nord-Stewart, Patricia Harris Seely, Namisha Mukerji, Laura Adkin, Heather Hawthorne-Doyle and Luvia Peterson.  Two additional shadow directors will be chosen in April/May.

Thank you to Bridget Hill and Brian Hamilton at Omnifilm Entertainment for their support of these very talented BC women.  This is an exciting new initiative for the CMPA-BC, one which we hope to repeat in the future.

CMPA-BC Discoverability Initiative with Magnify Digital and Moyra Rodger Discoverability = Placement + Awareness

The CMPA-BC is funding a series of training sessions for four BC based member companies with dramatic television series in development or production to acquire the tools and skills needed to create discoverability strategies around their content.   Each company participant will work individually with Moyra Rodger and her team at Magnify Digital to generate customized action plans and monitoring techniques with the goal of increasing audiences for new or established dramatic series content. The successful companies are Force Four Entertainment, Omnifilm Entertainment, Terra Films (Haddock Entertainment) and Reunion Pictures.  Congratulations to all.



National Roadshow & Meet the CEO Cocktail (April 12, 2016)

As the CMPA and ACTRA concluded negotiations for the renewal of the Independent Production Agreement. As a part of these negotiations, the CMPA and ACTRA agreed to an entirely revised set of terms and conditions relating to the treatment of New Media Productions and Conventional Productions used in New Media. The CMPA embarked on a cross-country roadshow to meet with members to explain and answer questions relating to these new provisions. Following the meeting the CMPA hosted a cocktail reception for members and industry guest to meet our new CEO Reynolds Mastin. The event was a great opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues and friends, and to hear from our CEO about the role the CMPA will play in ensuring a vibrant future for Canadian content creators.

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Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP)
Module 1: June 24 – 29, 2016 in Munich, Germany
Module 2: September 12 – 18, 2016 in Halifax, Canada

Extended Deadline to May 5, 2016

Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) is an annual intensive training and networking program for established film and television producers from Europe, Canada and the US. TAP offers a unique combination of intensive, hands-on training with effective networking among potential partner, and targeted project feedback from resource trainers. Up to 25 independent producers will be given the opportunity to participate at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners, one of the world’s pre-eminent international co-production markets in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For detailed application guidelines click here >>>

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 – 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM
CBC Studio 1, 700 Hamilton Street

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to peek behind the curtain. Experience up close and in depth how a first class music soundtrack is planned, produced and scored for film and television projects. Through an all-day seminar conducted in CBC Studio 1, a premiere orchestral recording studio, you will gain knowledge and insight from several panels of experienced industry insiders, including: music supervisors, editors, composers, recordists and engineers; film & television directors; picture editors; and post production supervisors. At the end of the day, witness the process come together with a live orchestral string recording session.

For more information and to register click here >>>

INPUT Conference, May 8 – 12, 2016
Calgary, AB Canada

Unique Influential Accessible INPUT is an accessible, unique, and influential international public television screening event. Over 700 broadcast executives, producers, directors, writers and multi-platform content creators from around the world will come together to view and discuss the most innovative content being shown by public broadcasters around the world today. 4 full days of inspiring and innovative documentaries, dramas, webisodes, and programming that you won’t see anywhere else! Topped off with critical discussions, social events, and networking opportunities to build national and international connections. To Learn More or Register http://inputcalgary.com/

Canada Pavilion at the 2016 Sunny Side of the Doc
La Rochelle, France, June 20 to 23, 2016
Registration deadline, May 11, 2016

Calls for entry This year, for the first time, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Manitoba Film and Music, On Screen Manitoba, Creative BC, Hot Docs and the CMPA are joining forces in a trade mission under the umbrella of the Canada Pavilion during Sunny Side of the Doc. The goal of this initiative is to provide increased visibility for our entrepreneurs and to emphasize the importance of the documentary industry for Canada. Sunny Side of the Doc is an international market dedicated to factual content (linear & interactive documentaries), where the industry gathers over four days to sell or buy projects and programs, and to find partners.

For full details and registration click here >>>

DOXA – Documentary Film Festival (May 5-15, 2016)

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 15th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 5 thru 15, 2016. The Motion Pictures Film Series is DOXA’s year-round programming initiative that offers screenings of some of the world’s most outstanding documentaries to communities around the Lower Mainland. The 2015-2016 season marks the sixth edition of the series.