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CMPA appoints Reynolds Mastin as new CEO

Media | 07/30/2015 8:54 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has appointed Reynolds Mastin as CEO following the departure of Michael Hennessy. It said in a press release Thursday that Mastin joined the CMPA as associate counsel in 2008. Previously, he articled at the CRTC and served as a legal counsel at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Mastin said in the release he intends to strengthen "relationships with our longstanding industry partners, both in Canada and abroad, while bringing into the tent the new players in content creation and distribution that are remaking the media landscape as...

‘Golden age of TV’ facing changes: panel

Media | 06/03/2015 11:43 pm EDT

TORONTO — There has never have been a better time than now to be a consumer of television, it was said during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Canadian Telecom Summit, but it was also discussed how big changes are afoot, and those in the industry are facing uncertainty. Peter Miller, chairman of Interactive Ontario, which promotes the digital-media content industry, spoke about how now is the “golden age of TV” because consumers have never before had the ability to access whatever they want, when they want. Miller, acting as moderator for a discussion on where the TV...

CMPA looking to appeal CRTC’s terms-of-trade decision

Media | 04/13/2015 6:41 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) said Monday it has applied to the Federal Court of Appeal for the right to contest the CRTC’s recent decision to cancel its oversight of contracts struck between independent producers and large broadcasters. The so-called terms-of-trade agreement that guaranteed...

Producers ‘shocked and stunned’ by terms-of-trade elimination

Media | 03/17/2015 8:46 pm EDT

The CRTC’s decision last week up to eliminate an agreement governing contracts between independent producers and large broadcasters has angered and surprised the Canadian Media Production...

Streaming services present ‘exciting’ opportunity: production exec

Media | 11/14/2014 10:03 pm EST

It makes sense that David Cormican is optimistic about the impact new streaming services will have on Canadian producers. He’s halfway through the shoot of a new show called Between. It's a teenager-focused drama about a group of youth quarantined by the government after the outbreak of a mysterious disease. It...

Marguerite Pigott to join CMPA

Media | 03/21/2014 5:39 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Production Association said Marguerite Pigott will become its vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives. The CMPA said in a press release Thursday that Pigott will start her position in early May and...

‘Penetration-based’ subscription rates needed in pick-and-pay regime: experts

Media | 01/08/2014 8:16 pm EST

Carriage negotiations between broadcasters and the broadcast distributors who deliver their channels to consumers will focus on finding the right “penetration-based” price rates in a future pick-and-pay TV model, industry insiders and experts said. “If you have a channel and it’s put in a position where its penetration is much lower —because of a la carte, pick and pay, or shifts in packaging — then that channel, to maintain the content it has, has to charge...

Woodhead fills Hennessy vacancy at Telus

Media | 02/08/2013 7:08 pm EST

Telus Corp.'s Ted Woodhead has been promoted to the position of senior vice-president of federal government and regulatory affairs, filling the vacancy left by former Telus official Michael Hennessy.  Woodhead, formerly the vice-president of telecom policy and regulatory affairs, told The Wire Report in an email that he was promoted in...