April 30, 2009 18:42 ET

ACTRA And Independent Producers Reach New Production Deal

Quick deal brings stability to industry

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) - Performers and independent producers have reached tentative terms for renewal of their Independent Production Agreement (IPA). The new Agreement between ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and l'Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) gives performers a rate increase of 2% each year for three years while the balance of the IPA terms and conditions remain unchanged.

The IPA covers the engagement of performers on all film, television and new media production in Canada, except for British Columbia in which province ACTRA's local, the UBCP negotiates a separate collective agreement.

"Given these uncertain economic times, both sides agreed that it was in the industry's best interest to work co-operatively to come to a quick, simple deal," said Richard Hardacre, National President, ACTRA.

"This agreement ensures continued stability in the Canadian film and television industry and clearly demonstrates the level of cooperation and understanding that the producers and the union have achieved," said Norm Bolen, President and CEO, CFTPA.

"Knowing we have an agreement until 2012 allows us to focus our efforts on working together to create some of the best film and television in the world," said Claire Samson, President and CEO, APFTQ.

If ratified, the deal will take effect on January 1, 2010 and expire December 31, 2012, giving performers a 2% increase in each of the three years.

Like the current agreement, the 2010-2012 IPA would permit the parties to potentially reopen the new media provisions one year prior to the Agreement's expiry.

"Our industry is facing some significant challenges right now. ACTRA and the CFTPA recognize that our energy is much better spent working together fighting our shared battle before the CRTC and elsewhere to ensure a strong independent production sector, rather than wasting time fighting each other. At the same time, this is a solid and fair deal that gives the industry some much-needed stability," said John Barrack, the CFTPA's chief negotiator.

"Both ACTRA and the producers worked long and hard to negotiate the terms of the current IPA. The current Agreement is one of the best in the world. We saw no reason to make substantive changes to it at this time," said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA's Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed professional performing community.

The CFTPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of Canada.

The APFTQ represents more than 130 independent film and television production companies in Quebec. These corporations are specialized in feature film, advertising film and any genre of TV production (animation, drama, documentary, variety). The Association negotiates all collective agreements with artists and technicians associations and acts on behalf of its members with government and industry organizations.

Contact Information

    Carol Taverner
    Public Relations Officer
    416-644-1519 or 1-800-387-3516
    Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA)
    Anne Trueman
    Director of Communications and Media
    613-233-1444 ext 227
    Association des producteurs de films et de television
    du Quebec (APFTQ)
    Celine Pelletier - Directrice des communications
    514-397-8600 poste 228
    514-392-0232 (FAX)
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