ACTRA Toronto

ACTRA Toronto

September 25, 2009 13:57 ET

ACTRA Toronto: Bravo Mayor Miller

City's film friendly mayor a champion for performers and the arts

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) -

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ACTRA Toronto is saddened by the news that Toronto Mayor, David Miller, won't be seeking a third term as mayor. Throughout his time in office Mayor Miller was an unabashed champion of the arts and artists, becoming one of the biggest supporters of the city's film and television industry.

"We couldn't have asked for a better partner," said Heather Allin, president of ACTRA Toronto. "Mayor Miller has done more for the performers in this city than any other politician. We're sad to lose his energy and enthusiasm on behalf of artists, but we look forward to working with him over the next year."

Mayor Miller was instrumental in bringing a new film studio to Toronto, a studio which brings much needed jobs and work opportunities to the city's performing community. As co-chair of the Toronto Film Board Mayor Miller was able to cut through the bureaucratic red tape that often made using Toronto street scenes difficult for film and commercial producers.

"David Miller understands the importance to Toronto of our cultural industry and the people who work in it," added Allin. "We recognize the huge family sacrifices that are made by politicians like David and wish him well in future. He will be missed."

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada's professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven organization that continues to secure the rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

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