Association withdraws membership to CIAIC CFTPA Vice President steps down from Board of Directors

    OTTAWA, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Film and Television
Production Association (CFTPA) announced today that it has formally withdrawn
its membership at the same time as Marc Séguin, Vice President, Feature Film &
New Technology, CFTPA, stepped down from the Board of Directors of the
Canadian Interactive Alliance/ l'Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC).
    The CFTPA has a long history of representing the interests of Canadian
television, feature film and interactive media producers across Canada. We
actively lobby federal and provincial governments in various policy areas
including taxation, trade, copyright, broadcasting, feature film and
interactive media, and negotiate and manage a multitude of labour agreements.
Our National Mentorship Program trains emerging producers to meet the demands
of the evolving industry. The Association also hosts industry events,
including our annual networking conference Prime Time in Ottawa, publishes
several industry publications and is active internationally via festivals,
markets and trade missions through our industry partners in other countries.
    As a founding member of the original new media industry alliance formed
some five years ago the CFTPA has not taken the decision to distance itself
from the CIAIC lightly. The CFTPA had hoped that the CIAIC would become an
effective national organization that would further the interests of new media
content producers across Canada by participating actively in helping to shape
public policy, particularly at the federal level.
    For some time the CFTPA has been disappointed in the CIAIC's
effectiveness and with the priorities it has established since its
incorporation. More specifically, we are troubled by the recent Board decision
to amend the CIAIC's bylaws to limit full voting membership to "not-for-profit
trade associations that have a majority of members that are creators or
enablers of interactive media content or services." The CFTPA has previously
expressed concerns to this regard, and does not agree with the rationale on
which this decision was based.
    "In our view, the broad diversity of interests indirectly represented
through the current provincial association members, coupled with the lack of a
focused and explicit mandate, seriously compromises both the CIAIC's
credibility as an industry association and its capacity to specifically
represent the interests new media content producers in Canada," said Guy
Mayson, President and CEO of the Canadian Film and Television Production
Association. "We are encouraged by the recent election of Ian Kelso as
President of the Board of Directors; however, at this time we do not believe
the CIAIC can effectively represent the interests of CFTPA members engaged in
new media content creation."

    The CFTPA is the only national industry association in Canada that
directly represents new media content producers and provides each of those
members with an equal voice. Moreover, we are the only national industry
organization that exclusively represents content producers, thus allowing us
to focus our efforts entirely on their specific priorities. Virtually all
CFTPA members are active across all media platforms and incorporate
interactive content as part of their overall business and content creation
strategies. As such, the CFTPA remains unwavering in its commitment to
continue working diligently to represent their interests across the broad
spectrum of activities it carries out. The CFTPA invites and encourages all
interactive and new media production companies to contact our Member Services
department for more information on the benefits of membership.

For further information:

For further information: media: Jeff Brinton, Director of Communications
and Media, Canadian Film and Television Production Association, (613) 233 1444
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