DAILY NEWS Feb 18, 2013 8:16 AM - 0 comments

Putting the Can in CanCon, Putting the Digital in CMF

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Canada’s role in the changing global landscape of film, TV and digital media will be in the spotlight when producers and creators, experts and executives gather in Ottawa for the 2013 Prime Time industry conference.

With new opportunities for content creation, delivery and distribution emerging from new media technologies and new production techniques, one growing challenge for Canadian films is reaching audiences here in Canada.

Canadians have shown they want to see more Canadian content, and the country’s funding agencies certainly want more eyeballs on the screen, whatever its shape or size. They recognize that digital and mobile developments are changing the picture, here and abroad.

So conference organizers have invited a distinguished panel to discuss how the gap between demand and product availability can be closed as just one of the industry topics to be investigated during the event, March 6 – 8, 2013.

Many believe that it is also time to put more emphasis on how the Canada Media Fund can expand its funding model to meet the needs of Canada’s growing digital media sector.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recently passed a motion to do exactly that and will do so sometime in the early spring of 2013.

On the ‘Putting the Can in CanCon’ panel will be moderator Peter Grant, Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, whose practice includes broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, cultural industries and telecommunications regulation.

Joining Grant will be Pam Dinsmore, Vice President, Regulatory at Rogers Communications; industry executive and award-winning producer Robert Lantos, along with partners and associates Vivafilm and Alliance Victor Loewy and Patrick Roy.

Recognizing that a lot has changed over the last number of years as media consumers can now bypass the traditional television broadcasting system and access content directly over broadband.

Announced in 2009 by Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the CMF set out to give Canadian viewers better access to Canadian programming on all media platforms.

This important Fund, and the CTF that preceded it, is seen as a resounding success, but it may be time for some changes to the program.

Moderating the ‘Putting the D in CMF’ panel will be Elizabeth Frisen, Telefilm Canada executive and media investor; Judith Brosseau, Astral Media’s Senior Vice-president, Programming, Communications & Digital Media;  CMF representative Stéphane Cardin;  production company founder and executive Christina Jennings; and Bill Skolnik, Director and Chief Executive Officer of DGC Ontario.

Other scheduled speakers at the conference include Robert Tercek, former US Senator and current Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, and executives from the UK and Australia will look at global trends and how they will affect Canadian producers.

Nancy Franklin, production executive for Shaw Media, will discuss her show Real Housewives of Vancouver as well as lifestyle and reality television in the panel ‘Keeping it Real.’

Conference delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from the new CRTC Chair, Jean-Pierre Blais, as well as enjoy a night of comedy with fellow delegates and speakers at Licensed to Laugh.

They will all be at the upcoming Prime Time in Ottawa conference from March 6-8, 2013.

The Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.The event is produced by the Canadian Media Production Association (formerly Canadian Film and Television Production Association), representing the interests of screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and new media content in all regions of Canada.


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