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CRTC grants CBC flexibility for push to digital

Media | 06/22/2022 6:45 pm EDT

The CRTC has granted a sweeping flexibility that paves the way for CBC/Radio-Canada to shift toward a focus on digital outputs and away from its linear programming.  Wednesday, the regulator released its long awaited decision on the renewal of the CBC's licence. In...

CMPA wants CRTC to stand firm on terms of trade with CBC

Media | 01/27/2021 6:13 pm EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association has called on the CRTC to force CBC/Radio-Canada to ink a so-called terms of trade agreement with the organization, which the CMPA says will allow Canadian content producers to maintain their copyright and make more money off their...

Lockdown extending to July could put $2.5B of production work at risk: report

Media | 04/21/2020 5:11 pm EDT

A COVID-19 induced lockdown of the country will put $2.5 billion of film and television production work at risk of disruption or permanent loss if it lasts until the end of June, a new report prepared...

Gov’t announces new $35M fund for cultural content exports

Media | 06/26/2018 6:49 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly outlined Tuesday the...

Don’t increase carriage fees for 9(1)h services: TV providers

Media | 05/03/2018 5:33 pm EDT

TV service providers told the CRTC this week that cord-cutting by Canadians shouldn’t be the reason to give channels with mandatory carriage on basic packages higher monthly carriage fees. Shaw Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc. and Cogeco Inc. told the CRTC in a joint presentation during a hearing this week that they...

New CEO’s content background indicates shift at CBC: experts

Media | 04/03/2018 5:19 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Catherine Tait’s appointment as head of CBC/Radio-Canada is...

Broadcast lobbying jumped ahead of Creative Canada release

Media | 10/24/2017 6:20 pm EDT

Creative organizations stepped up and added to a surge in lobbying activity in the broadcast sector leading up to the release of the results in the Heritage Minister’s review of Canadian content in the digital age last month. September saw 22 communications reports...

Future reviews to determine much of DigiCanCon strategy: experts

Media | 09/28/2017 11:25 am EDT

OTTAWA — While the response to the long-awaited results of Heritage...

Broadcasters need mandated contributions: CMPA

Media | 08/03/2017 12:51 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is disputing arguments made in an open letter published...

Ian Scott ‘collegial’ choice for new CRTC chair: former colleagues

Media | 07/18/2017 11:49 am EDT

The choice of Ian Scott as the new chairman of the CRTC was greeted...

Mixed reaction to budget viewed as long on potential, short on details

Media | 03/23/2017 9:37 pm EDT

For all the focus on the digital economy, there was little in Wednesday’s budget for digital content creators, broadband infrastructure enthusiasts or fans of long-term planning, according to...

Joly says Canada leading international ‘conversation’ on OTT

Media | 02/06/2017 5:03 pm EST

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada is leading the charge in pushing for the presence of “cultural diversity,” or domestic content, on foreign digital platforms like the over-the-top (OTT) service provided by Netflix Inc. — despite other countries already having regulations and tax...

Joly not afraid of change following cultural review

Media | 02/03/2017 1:36 am EST

OTTAWA — If Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly was clear about anything during a Thursday afternoon appearance at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa conference, it was that the...

Blais calls out demands for ‘political interference’ with CRTC

Media | 02/02/2017 9:04 pm EST

OTTAWA — CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais used his opening remarks at a panel discussion Thursday to criticize individuals who are calling for “political interference” in the...

CMPA appoints Erin Finlay as chief legal officer

Media | 11/22/2016 7:09 pm EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has appointed Erin Finlay as its new chief legal officer to provide legal advice and strategic direction. Her areas of expertise include entertainment litigation, policy...

Andrew Addison named new CMPA VP

Media | 06/29/2016 3:44 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) announced Wednesday that it has appointed a new vice-president of communications and marketing. Andrew Addison will report to president and CEO Reynolds Mastin and “provide strategic direction, leading the development and execution of integrated marketing and communications strategies for the CMPA,” according to the association's press release. Addison was previously a consultant with FleishmanHillard, a communications company, where as associate vice-president for the company’s reputation management practice in Toronto, "he led national communications campaigns and provided strategic counsel,” the release said.   Prior to that, Addison was manager of media relations at the Canadian Bankers Association, the release added. Earlier this month, the CMPA hired Scott Garvie to replace Jamie Brown as chair of the group’s board of directors....

Sweeping government review to include CRTC, Broadcast Act, CanCon

Media | 04/25/2016 10:56 pm EDT

Industry insiders and observers are calling Canadian Heritage’s impending study of Canadian content in the digital age — which could potentially affect CBC/Radio-Canada, legislation like...

CRTC approves Shaw-Corus deal, with no tangible benefits

Media | 03/23/2016 10:37 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved the acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.’s media division by Corus Entertainment Inc., and decided not to require Corus to pay any tangible benefits, a contribution...

CMPA reaches 3-year agreement with Directors Guild

Media | 12/11/2015 6:37 pm EST

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) announced Friday it has agreed on terms for a new three-year agreement with the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). It said in a press release that the renewed agreement, which will...

Production sector must understand telecom: new CMPA boss

Media | 09/11/2015 4:20 pm EDT

As the telecommunications and media industries continue to converge, the production sector must pay more attention to what were traditionally considered telecom issues, according to Reynolds Mastin,...

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...