Independent production sector applauds CRTC's support of the Canadian Television Fund



    Producers welcome many of CRTC report's recommendations on the future of
    the Fund

    BANFF, AB, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Film and Television
Production Association (CFTPA) issued the following statement today in
response to the CRTC's report on the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) following
the CRTC Chairman's speech this morning at the Banff World Television
Festival.
    "On behalf of the CFTPA Board of Directors and all our members, the CFTPA
applauds the CRTC's recognition of the important role that the CTF and the
independent production sector play in producing quality Canadian television
programs," said Sandra Cunningham, Chair, CFTPA Board of Directors. "We very
much appreciate that the Commission gave all industry stakeholders and the
public an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CTF in a
public process earlier this year, and we acknowledge the thoughtful work the
CRTC has done in making recommendations on the future of this important Fund."
The CFTPA is particularly pleased with the CRTC's recognition that producers
make an important contribution to the effective workings of the CTF as members
of the Fund's Board of Directors. The Association also appreciates the
Commission's continued strong desire to see terms of trade agreements between
broadcasters and producers. In addition, the CFTPA welcomes the
recommendations that the CTF reduce the amount of federal tax credits that may
be included in the financing structure of CTF-supported productions and that
the Fund increase the minimum licence fees that broadcasters must pay for
these productions.
    "The CRTC appears to be endorsing our long held view that we need a
better financing model for Canadian television if the independent production
industry is to rise to the next level and grow and prosper," said Guy Mayson,
President and CEO, CFTPA. "Having strong and healthy independent production
companies will help maximize diversity of programming for Canadian television
viewers. Quite simply, it's good public policy."
    While the CRTC report contains mostly positive recommendations, the CFTPA
continues to have serious reservations with the recommendation to split the
fund into two separate funding streams. The Association looks forward to
working with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the CTF, and other
stakeholders to ensure the smooth functioning of the Fund.
    "We thank the Government and Minister of Canadian Heritage Josée Verner
for their continued support for the creation of quality Canadian content,"
said Cunningham. "Producers want an efficient, transparent, and sound system
to help fund great Canadian television. We are strongly committed to working
with the Government, the Minister, the CRTC, the CTF, and all industry
stakeholders to make that happen."
    Since 1995, the CTF has contributed to the creation of more than
27,000 hours of great Canadian television. It has provided more than
$2.7 billion of financing, triggering the production of more than $8 billion
of Canadian television programs seen by Canadians and others around the world.
CTF-supported productions have cultivated thousands of jobs in the Canadian
television industry.

    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 CFTPA promotes the general interests of
members provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages
labour agreements with guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives;
trains new industry entrants through several national internship programs; and
undertakes a number of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness
and enhance communication within the Canadian and international production
communities.




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For further information: Susan Smith, Bluesky Strategy Group, (613)
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