Producers win; Court upholds need for arbitration

    Court decision delivers exactly what producers requested

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Film and Television
Production Association (CFTPA) is pleased with the Ontario Superior Court
decision in favour of the producer's request for the appointment of an
arbitrator. The CFTPA asked the Court to appoint an Arbitrator compelling
ACTRA to abide by the Negotiating Protocol contained in the Independent
Production Agreement (IPA). This decision preserves the Agreement that has
served both parties for over 40 years.
    "The CFTPA is pleased with the decision of the court which validates the
integrity of the Negotiating Protocol. This is truly a win for the industry
and may be the catalyst required to get a deal done," said John Barrack, Chef
Negotiator, CFTPA "The matter of the illegal strike and continuation letters
will be dealt with in arbitration, where it belongs."
    The CFTPA has been continually frustrated with ACTRA's unwillingness to
consider arbitration. This court process has been an unfortunate necessity in
dealing with this illegal strike situation, and the CFTPA will be seeking
appropriate damages.
    "This ruling is very important to the CFTPA because it validates both the
National Agreement as well as the process that we have been engaged in," said
Guy Mayson, President and CEO, CFTPA "We look forward to the appointment of an
Arbitrator and to a speedy resolution to this dispute."

    A copy of the Court decision can be found at
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    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 (CFTPA), (613) 233-1444, ex 227,

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