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Academy Breakfast Club Meetings to be Webcast by ACCT

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A series of industry information networking sessions about digital media, production trends and funding options will be webcast by The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT).

ACCT has now unveiled the new series of Academy Breakfast Club meetings, and it has introduced the Copyright Collective of Canada (CCC) as the new sponsor of the Academy Breakfast Club, with the participation of Pinewood Toronto Studios, part of the Pinewood Studios Group.

Audio/video documentation of the meetings will be produced by Toronto-based Van Valkenburg Communications, and then webcast on the Academy YouTube Channel to ensure all Academy Members have access nationwide, ACCT has confirmed.

“Delivering productive industry workshops through the newly rebranded Academy Breakfast Club is precisely the kind of informative activity and networking opportunity the Academy will be producing and promoting in 2013,” Academy CEO Helga Stephenson described.

The first rebranded Academy Breakfast Club session will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at Pinewood Studios Toronto, featuring Executive Producer James Milward (founder, Secret Location) on how to best process and leverage the ecosystem around traditional TV content.

This session will review a variety of digital extension opportunities to supplement and extend conventional television programming through broadcaster integration on their sites, micro sites, social media, mobile apps, and connected TV.

“The Copyright Collective of Canada is pleased to support the Academy Breakfast Club series, which will provide an excellent forum for the promotion, understanding and appreciation of intellectual property and help increase awareness of the cultural, creative value and economic contributions of the film and television industry in Canada,” added CCC Executive Director Lucy Medeiros.

“Pinewood Toronto Studios is very proud to support the Academy in providing a venue for the Breakfast Club,” said Blake Steels, President, Pinewood Toronto Studios. “Pinewood Toronto Studios services many Canadian producers and Academy members at the Studios throughout the year and this will be an excellent opportunity for Academy members who are not already familiar with Pinewood, to learn about the benefits of our purpose built production facility.”

Pinewood operates some 250,000 sq ft of purpose-built production space on an 11-acre site, minutes from downtown Toronto. All eight existing stages, including North America’s largest purpose built soundstage – the 46,000 sq ft Mega Stage - are soundproofed, clear-span and equipped with power and supporting infrastructure to accommodate productions of all sizes and budgets.

Pinewood Toronto Studios has recently begun construction of three state of the art sound stages, specifically designed for small features, TV series and live TV.

Academy Breakfast Club 2013 : Preliminary Schedule

January 23 James Milward, Executive Producer and Founder, Secret Location

Topic: How to leverage the ecosystem around traditional TV content thru social media

February 13 Rodney Murphy, Education and Outreach Manager, SOCAN

(Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)

Topic: How SOCAN fits into the world of multiple screen content

March 29 Allan Bacchus, Programs Manager, Astral Media

Topic: Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund Short Film Program

Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries.

The Academy's Canadian Screen Awards is the new annual awards show to celebrate the best in film, television and digital media.

The Copyright Collective of Canada (CCC) is a non-profit organization, established to represent copyright owners (producers and distributors) of the U.S. independent motion picture and television entertainment programming. The CCC collects and distributes retransmission royalties for films and television programs broadcast on Canadian or U.S. commercial over-the-air broadcast signals retransmitted in Canada as distant signals. These royalties are paid by retransmitters, such as cable and satellite platform operators, pursuant to a Television Retransmission Tariff certified by the Copyright Board of Canada.

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