Unions & Guilds

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SAG-AFTRA targets Ontario neighbour as studio shoot destination

The union slams Michigan over proposed “right-to-work” legislation, marking another change in fortune for the once-strong competitor to Ontario for studio location shooting.

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Canadian actors and producers agree on new labor deal

ACTRA members will vote on whether to ratify the new collective agreement in the coming weeks.

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ACTRA hires new research chief

Jacob Leibovitch, who formerly was the Ontario Taxi Workers Union’s executive director, joins ACTRA effective immediately.

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Sask industry social media blitz praised

The organizers of the Wednesday attention-raising event say it topped Twitter’s Canada trend and was backed by numerous industry organizations.

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Negotiations of new actors’ IPA underway

The previous three-year master pact with actors expires Dec. 31, and gave them 2% annual pay increases.

News

WGC, CMPA and APFTQ ratify new writers pact

The deal gives writers an immediate 2% minimum script fee increase, followed by another 2% in January 2013 and 1% in January 2014.

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WGC names director of strategy and outreach

In the newly created role, Christine Rutherford (pictured) will be responsible for strengthening the WGC’s collective bargaining activities.

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Marit Stiles promoted at ACTRA

Stiles (pictured) replaces Joanne Deer, who has taken up a position at Vancouver ad-firm NOW Communications, as national director of public policy and communications.

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ACTRA urges Ottawa pass tax changes to help creators

ACTRA national president Ferne Downey (pictured) says the bill would allow for multi-year “income averaging,” which would benefit self-employed creators who have wildly fluctuating incomes.

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Ferne Downey elected president of global actors group

The ACTRA national president (pictured) on Sunday was named president of the International Federation of Actors, replacing Agnete Haaland of Norway.

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Canadian producers and WGC reach new tentative IPA deal

The agreement Friday followed a final bargaining push leading up to the new three-year deal.

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Nominees revealed for 2012 DGC awards

On the list is past winner David Cronenberg (pictured), who picked up nominations for best direction and best feature film for A Dangerous Method.