Closure of Vancouver Office Sends Negative Signal to Independent Producers in the West

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Canadian Film and Television
Production Association (CFTPA) voiced its concern with news that Corus has
closed the Vancouver office of Movie Central and eliminated its kids
programming department. Over the years the Vancouver office of Movie Central
has played a key role in stimulating production in Western Canada.
    "The closure of this office, and reduction of staff, is a very symbolic
message that sends a negative signal to producers in Western Canada," said
Sandra Cunningham, Chair, Board of Directors, CFTPA. "Real regional
involvement by broadcasters is key to diversity of voices and the health of
the broadcasting system in Canada."
    The CFTPA is looking for Corus to explain how "streamlining" the
reporting structure of Movie Central will impact producers working in the
West. There is also huge uncertainty around the reported elimination of the
entire development and creative team for Corus kids programming.
    "The CFTPA needs Corus to explain to independent producers across Canada
the rationale behind these changes when they have repeatedly stated to the
CRTC the importance of having an executive regional presence while underlining
how proud they are of their 'record of building production in the West',"said
Guy Mayson, President and CEO, CFTPA.
    When appearing before the CRTC on April 26, 2000 in seeking approval to
acquire Movie Central, Corus President and CEO John Cassaday stated, "we are
deeply committed to maintaining our presence in Western Canada." Mr. Cassaday
went on to say that it was Corus' intention to maintain Movie Central's
operation in Edmonton. That office was closed in 2005.
    Producers are increasingly concerned that structural changes occurring
within broadcasting organizations will lead to reduced programming choices for
Canadians. We urge the CRTC to take notice of these disturbing trends as part
of the Commissions on going regulatory review.

    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. More specifically, we promote the general
interests of our members provincially, federally, and internationally; we
negotiate and manage labour agreements with guilds and unions; we administer
copyright collectives; we train new industry entrants through 7 national
internship programs; and we undertake a number of other specific initiatives
that help increase awareness and enhance communication within the Canadian and
international production communities.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please call: Jeff Brinton,
Director of Communications and Media, Canadian Film and Television Production
Association, (613) 233 1444 ex 227,;

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