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ACTORSAROUNDTHEWORLDUNITEFIACANADAHOSTSFIACONGRESSmagazineACTRAWINTER2013 magazineTheFIAIssueACTRAACTRAmagazineistheofficialpublicationofACTRAAllianceofCanadianCinemaTelevisionandRadioArtistsaCanadianunionofperformersaffiliatedtotheCanadianLabourCongressCLCandtheInternationalFederationofActorsFIA.ACTRAmagazineisfreeofchargetoallACTRAmembers.EDITORIALADVISORYCOMMITTEEJoanneDeerFerneDowneyKeithMartinGordeyMaritStilesCarolTavernerTheresaTovaStephenWaddellJeremyWebbCONTRIBUTORSHeatherAllinDJAndersonBarryBlakeMeganGariepyAnishaGliddonPamelaGreenwaltJoanneDeerFerneDowneyStanislasIdeBradKeenanJacobLeibovitchDominickLuquerJosMaraMontesRobertaReardonAlvinSandersMaritStilesTheresaTovaAbelMartinVillarejoStephenWaddellJeremyWebbChristineWebberKarenWoolridgeLAYOUTDESIGNErickQuerciCreativeProcessDesigncreativeprocessme.comPrintedinCanadabyunionlabouratThistlePrinting.Allcontentsarecopyright2013ACTRA.Allrightsarereservedandcontentsinwholeorinpartmaynotbereprintedwithoutpermission.ThepointsofviewexpresseddonotnecessarilyrepresentthoseofACTRA.PleasereturnanyundeliveredmailtoACTRA300-625ChurchStreetTorontoONM4Y2G1Phone1.800.387.3516or416.489.1311Fax416.489.8076Emailactramagazineactra.caWebwww.actra.caPublicationsMailAgreement40069134ISSN19262590InsideyourunionmagazineCoverPhotoJagGundu6PresidentsMessage...Page3GlobalProductionsGlobalContractsFIAsGlobalAction...Page4ByStephenWaddellWhatDoBlueCouchesTradeUnionsandCollectiveManagementOrganizationsHaveinCommon...Page6ByTheresaTovaWhattheHeckistheBeijingTreatyandWhyareweObsessedwithit...Page12ByFerneDowneyCanadianPerformersWantATreaty...Page16ByMaritStilesFIACongressRisingInvestinginOurFuture...Page18ByAlvinSandersDevelopingaUnionJustAddFIA...Page20ByJeremyWebbWhosatFIA...Page24ByJeremyWebbUdADreamsofaBetterWorld...Page26ByBarryBlakeLeadingWomenAninterviewwithSAG-AFTRACo-presidentRobertaReardon...Page28ByHeatherAllinApplauseYourvictoriesdonotgounnoticed...Page30ConnectwithYourUnion...Page34WeRememberWinstonRekert...Page351220Winter2013Vol.20Issue1 AyoungfriendofminesignedanemailtomeInsolidaritycausethatswhatthecoolpeoplesay.Andmyheartskippedabeatwithhappiness.ShesyoungsmartanactiveACTRAmemberandcoolascanbe.LestyouthinkIgushtherealityofsolidarityamongtheperformersunionsoftheworldisabigdealtomesomuchsothatIgotmyselfelectedasthepresidentoftheInternationalFederationofActorsFIAinSeptember.Isteppeduppurposefully.Eyeswideopen.TherearemanygoodreasonswhyIthinkthisinternationalworkiscriticalbutthereisalsothecongruenceofauspicioustiming.Fightingforperformersrightsinthedigitalworldiscrucial.Andmytimeisnow.OnafundamentallevelACTRAhasbeenaworldleaderinnegotiatingsomeofthetoughestcollectiveagreementsintheworld.Wereafairlymatureunionnearly70yearsyoungtheunionnotme.OurDirectorofACTRAPRSBradKeenaniscurrentlythechairoftheinternationalcouncilofcollectingsocieties.TogetherwithseniorstaffandpastpresidentsofACTRAwehavesteppedupourgameinternationally.Imwitnessingfirst-handhowproducersareconsolidatingtheirpowerbecominglargeverticallyintegratedcorporationswithevergreaterinternationalreach.Asperformersunionsourstrengthclearlyresidesinharnessingthecollectivepowerofworkingtogetherglobally.Thatisthewiseandnecessarycounterbalancetotheriseofright-winggovern-mentsandtheprofit-drivencorporateforcesandthefightforperformersrightsisapowerfullyconsumingfight.Wewillearnrespectforartistsbyfightingforiteveryday.ItwasalsoagreathonourforourcountrythatIwaselectedFIAPresidentthefirstfromNorthAmerica.AnunintendedconsequencewillbetheraisingofACTRAsprofileinternationallyaswell.ACTRAenjoyshealthyrespectfromourinternationalbrothersandsistersprobablydeepenedsinceweco-hostedthe2012FIACongressinTorontowithCanadianActorsEquityAssociationandUniondesArtistes.StrongcollectiveagreementsareessentialinaglobalcontextIwillcontinuemyworkasACTRAPresidentconcurrentwithmynewresponsibilitieswithFIAtheygohandinglove.TobeclearIhaveservedasyourACTRANationalPresidentsince2009.TheworkthatistheheartbeatofbeingaunionleaderlikebargainingthenewIPAgainsimportanceinthisnewglobalcontextstrongunionsandstrongcollectiveagreementsareessential.AndIamproudtoreportthatontheheelsofco-hostingtheFIACongressACTRAnegotiatedasettlementonthe2013-2015IPAinamarathonbargainingsessionendingDecember1.Itwasatoughroundbutourdeterminedbargainingteamkepttheirfocusandcourageandachievedmanyimprovementsinourbiggestcontract.Nowwecanmoveforwardtofightforequalopportunitiesnon-discriminationfreedomofassociationandcollectivebargainingprofessionaltrainingandcareertransitionandmanyothervitalmattersofconcerntoallofus.ThroughFIAACTRAbenefitsfromaformidablenetworkthatbringsustogetherandinspiresuseverytimewemeetandlearnfromeachother.FIAisthelabourvoiceforperformersglobally.Iurgeyoutotakeamomenttocheckoutthewebsiteatfia-actors.com.GlobalsolidaritymustbethebedrockuponwhichFIAandACTRAwillcontinuetobuild.Wewillcampaigntosecuretherighttofreedomofexpressionforallperformersinallcountries.Wewillresistanypowerthatconspirestoworkagainstourbestinterests.Wewillpursueouridealsandmakethemreal.FerneDowneyACTRANationalPresidentACTRAmagazineWinter20133PresidentsMessageLtoRAttheopeningreceptionthenFIAPresidentAgneteHaalandintroducestheFIA2012worldcongressco-hostsUdAPresidentRaymondLegaultACTRANationalPresidentFerneDowneyandCanadianActorsEquityPresidentAllanTeichman.AlsopicturedhereareRuthAnnOnleyandtheHon.DavidC.OnleyLieutenantGovernorofOntariowhocommencedtheformalproceedingsofFIACongress.PhotoJagGunduWhyFIAWhynowPerformersRightsareGlobalACTRANationalPresidentFerneDowneyClickheretogotoFIAswebsite Recordedmediaisglobalinreachandglobalinproduction.Formanyyearsproducershavetriedtoflyundertheradarbyengagingourleadperformersonoff-shoreproductionsorco-productionswithoutthebenefitofaunioncontract.Weveworkedalongsideoursisterunionsworldwidetoaddressthisissue.ButinSeptember2012wedecidedtotakethisfighttoanotherlevel.ACTRAtogetherwithEquityUKMEAAinAustraliaandSAG-AFTRAjointlyputforwardaresolutionattheInternationalFederationofActorsFIACongress2012inTorontotostopsuchproducersfromexploitingperformers.NowtocombatproducerswhoseektoevadeourunioncoveragemembersofFIAhavecommittedtowatchingthebacksofperformersworld-wide.Givenfinancingpressurelong-formtelevisionseriesintendedforNorthAmericanandglobalaudiencesareincreasinglybeingco-financedandco-producedbyCanadiancompanieswithforeignpartnersinvariouslocationsaroundtheworld.ExamplesincludeserieslikeTheTudorsCamelotPillarsoftheEarthTheBorgiasandVikingscurrentlyinproductioninIreland.Theseinternationalco-productionsengageCanadianperformersaswellasperformersfromtheUSUKandAustraliainleadingandmajorroles.WhenworkingoutsideCanadatheseproducerssometimesofferperformerssubstantiallyabove-minimumcontracts.Butwithoutthebenefitsofunioncoveragenoinsuranceorretirementcontributionscompletebuy-outsinperpetuityforallusestheresreallynomoremoney.ThechallengeforACTRAandtheotherEnglish-speakingunionshasbeentoeffectivelyextendjurisdictionoverproductionsshotoutsideoftheirowncountry.ACTRAhasasignificantstakeinensuringthesuccessofthisinitiativeasmanyoftheseco-productionsareproducedbyCanadiancompaniespartneringwithoff-shoreproducers.TheseseriesareintendedforCanadianUSandglobaldistribution.WehavearesponsibilitytoensurethatACTRAmembersengagedontheseproductionsreceiveinsuranceandretirementcontributionsandcoveragearetreatedwithdignityandrespectareprotectedbyCanadiansafetyandhealthstandardswhileworkingoutsidethecountryarepaidproperlyandontimeandseemoremoneyfordistributionoftheseries.Ourcontractprotectionsextendtowhereverourmemberswork.FIAschallengeistosuccessfullyextendunioncoveragetoperformersresidentintheproductionlocation.Invariablytheproducersoftheseshowsoftenlocateincountrieswherethelocalperformerunionsdonothaveindustry-widecollectiveagreements.Localperformersaregenerallycastinsmallspeakingpartsandasbackgroundperformers.Alarminglytheygenerallyworkwithnocontractsnominimumsfeesnosafetyandhealthprotectionsnohealthandretirementcontributionsandnousepayments.AsetfortheseriesVikingsatAshfordStudiosinCountyWicklowIreland.VikingsisaninternationalIrishCanadianco-productionbyWorld2000andTake5Productions.PhotoJonathanHessionGlobalProductionsGlobalContractsFIAsGlobalActionByStephenWaddellACTRAsNationalExecutiveDirector TogiverealmeaningtoourcommitmentFIACongresstheFIASecretariatandthememberunionsofFIApassedthefollowingresolutionTomonitorinternationalandmultinationalproductionworldwideToestablishaprotocolfortheexchangeofinformationbetweenunionsandwiththeFIASecretariatonsuchproductionsTocollaborateonandtargetspecificinternationalandmultinationalproductionsthatmayberealmeaningfulandpotentiallysuccessfulopportunitiestoextendthebetterratescontractscollectiveagreementstoperformersinFIA-affiliatedunionswhodonotyetenjoysuchbenefitsincountrieswheresuchproductionsaretobeproducedToassessthefeasibilityofglobalframeworkagreementswiththemostestablishedinternationalandmultinationalproductionsseekingtoestablishequitableandfairprinciplesfortheemploymentofperformersincountrieswherecollectiveagree-mentsarenotinplacetosecurethemminimumbenefitsToworkincoordinationwiththeunionorunionsofjurisdictioninsuchcountriesotherFIAunionstheFIASecretariattheperformersonsuchproductionsandtheiragentsandmanagersTosuccessfullyextendbetterratestermsandconditionstoallperformersworkingonsuchproductionsandToreporttoeachFIAExecutivemeetingonimplementationissuesandchallenges.AtcongressthememberunionsofFIAreaffirmedourcommitmenttoextendingbetterratestermsandconditionsofcollectiveagreementsnegotiatedbyunionswithstrongcollectiveagreementstoperformersincountriesrepresentedbyFIA-affiliatedunionswhodonotyetenjoysuchbenefits.WeneedtocollectivelytakeresponsibilityforthewellbeingofthelocalperformersonthoseshowswhoseunionsdonthavethestrengthofACTRAorACTRAmagazineWinter20135ACTRAPolicyStatementEngagementofACTRAPerformersonOff-ShoreProductionsACTRAmembersmaybeapproachedbyproducerstoworkonpro-ductionsshootinginpartorentirelyoutsideofCanada.ACTRAmem-bersareadvisedtocheckwithyourlocalACTRAofficebeforeacceptingengagementsonsuchproductionstoensurethatthepro-ducersaresignatorytotheIPAandareofferingACTRAmemberscon-tractstermsandconditionsinaccordancewiththeACTRAIndependentProductionAgreementIPA.HeresageneralrundownofyourresponsibilitiesasanACTRAmemberineachoffourlikelyscenarios1.TheproducerissignatorytotheIPAandtheproductionismainlyshootinginCanadawithanoff-shorelocationshootcomponent.TheACTRAmembermustbeofferedandsignanACTRAcontractcoveringtheentireengagement.2.TheproducerissignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionthatisshootingentirelyinanoff-shorelocations.AsasignatorytotheIPAtheproducerisobligatedtoengageACTRAmembersunderthetermsandconditionsoftheIPAfortheentireen-gagementoff-shore.3.TheproducerisnotsignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionshootinginCanadawithanoffshorelocationshootcomponent.TheproducermustbecomesignatorytotheIPAandtheACTRAmembermustbeofferedandsignanACTRAcontractcoveringtheentireengagement.4.TheproducerisnotsignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionthatisshootingentirelyinanoff-shorelocations.ACTRAmembersmustbeengagedonanACTRAcontractexceptincaseswherethereisasisterunionaffiliatedwiththeInternationalFederationofActorsFIA.InthosecasesACTRAmembersmustbeengagedonanACTRAcontractoracontractoftheFIA-affiliatedunionwheretheengagementistakingplaceprovidedthatsuchcon-tractprovidesfeestermsandconditionsatleastequaltoorbet-terthanACTRAsIPA.WherethereisnounioninthelocationACTRAmembersmustworkonACTRAcontractsforanACTRA-signatoryproducerpursuanttoArticle404oftheACTRAConstitutionandBy-Law9oftheACTRABy-Laws.AttheopeningreceptionofFIADavidWhiteSAG-AFTRAsNationalExecutiveDirectorwithStephenWaddellACTRAsNationalExecutiveDirectorattheEdMirvishTheatreinToronto.PhotoJagGundutheothermajorperformerunions.Countriesthathaveweakbargainingagreementsornoneatalldiminishtherightsandrespectofallperformers.ThisiswhyIvolunteeredatthecongresstobetheFIAco-ordinatorforinternationalco-productions.WhereveroneoftheseproductionslandsintheworldthestaffinACTRAsNationalofficewillmonitortheco-productionandcommunicatewiththeappropriateFIA-affiliates.Wearecommittedtocoordinatingoureffortstosecureunioncontractsforallperformersonallproductions.Wewillworktogethertoensurethatallperformersworldwideenjoythebenefitsofgoodunioncoverage.Itstherightthingtodo.OurgoalatFIAistoensureworldwideprotectionandcompensationforallperformerssothatjurisdictionscannotbeplayedagainstoneanother.-DavidWhiteSAG-AFTRANationalExecutiveDirectorRepresentativesofaround100performersunionsworldwidearemeetinginTorontoamidrisingconcernsoverhowtoprotectlocalperformersrightsasfootloosestudiosincreasinglygoglobalinsearchofproductionincentivesandnon-unionjurisdictions.Non-unionstudioshootslikePeterJacksonsupcomingTheHobbitfilmsareseenasmolesinawack-a-molegamethatinternationalguildsmustbandtogethertodealwith.-TheHollywoodReporter WhatDoBlueCouchesTradeUnionsOrganizationsHaveinCommonbyTheresaTovaAninterviewwithAbelMartinVillarejoandJosMaraMontesfromAISGEArtistasIntrpretesSociedaddeGestinSpainandBradKeenanDirectorofACTRAPerformersRightsSocietyACTRAPRSandACTRARecordingArtistsCollectingSocietyACTRARACS andCollectiveManagementACTRAmagazineWinter20137Iamveryproudoftheinternationalrelationshipsweareforgingonagloballevel.LastyearalonewepennedareciprocalagreementwithAISGEthecollectivemanagementsocietyinSpainwhichtodatehasput1.5millionintothepocketsofCanadianperformers.Atthe2012FIACongressinTorontothefirst-everworkinggroupmeetingofcollectivemanagementorganizationsandunionrepresentativesfromaroundtheworldtookplace.Theytalkedabouthowunionsandcollectivescanworkmorecloselytogetherforthebenefitoftheirperformermembersglobally.AsACTRAsNationalTreasurerIdlikeourmemberstounderstandwhyweareinvestingintheserelationships.ImetwithAbelMartinVillarejoGeneralDirectorofAISGEJosMaraMontesAISGEsDirectorofInternationalRelationsandourownBradKeenanDirectorofACTRAPRSandACTRARACStobetterunderstandhowwearebeginningtoseethefruitsofourlabour.Iwasfortunateenoughtositdownonbrowncouchestoconductthisexclusiveinterview.TheresaTova TheresaTovaWhyisitimportantforcollectivemanagementorganizationsandunionstoworktogetherBradKeenanIfyougetdowntothestrictcommonalityofunionsandcollectingsocietiesunionsarelookingtoestablishminimumfeesforyourworkensureasafeworkenvironmenti.e.onsetandlookafteryourinsuranceandretirementcoverageandretirement.CollectivemanagementorganizationsCMOsprotectandprovideremunerationforuseofyourworkasacreatorduringtheexploitationofthework.ThestrongerthetradeuniontheeasieritisfortheCMOtocollectthemoney.WorkingtogethermorecloselydomesticallyandaroundtheworldcanonlyservetostrengthenunionsandCMOs.JosMariaMontesWeveseenrecentsuccessesofhowwetogetherhaveimprovedthelivesofperformersaroundtheworld.TheyearsofworktowardsthesuccessfulconclusionoftheWorldIntellectualPropertyOrganizationWIPOaudiovisualperformancestreatyalsoknownasTheBeijingTreatyhascausedustobeaforcetobereckonedwith.WearenowrecognizedbyWIPOaswellasbythepeoplethatwenormallysitacrossthetablefromwhenwenegotiate.TradeunionsandCMOsaretwosidesofthesamecoin.OurunitymatterstoourmembersbeitlabourconditionsfromthetradeunionperspectiveorcopyrightandrelatedrightsprovidedbyCMOs.TheresaTovaWheredoesaunionstopincollectingresidualrightsandthecollectivemanagementorganizationcomeinBradKeenanWelltherearedifferentmodelsaroundtheworld.InCanadaourcollectivebargainingagreementsgiveACTRAPRStheauthoritytobetheenforcementarmtomakesureourmembersgetpaidUseFees.TheACTRARACSmusicsideiscompletelydifferentbecauseCanadascopyrightlegislationhasstatutoryrightsbuiltintoit.JosMariaMontesInSpainmostperformersrightsthatareprovidedunderintellectualpropertylegislationaresubjecttocompulsorycollectivemanagement.Itmeansthattheactoreventhoughhehastheserightsgrantedinthelawcannotexercisethemonhisown.ThusbyvirtueofitsauthorizationbytheSpanishGovernmentAISGEisobligedtocollectremunerationonbehalfofeveryperformerwhoiscoveredbyourlawregardlessofhisnationalityorwhetherheisamemberofAISGE.ThisofcourseincludesmostCanadianperformerssothisiswhywemakepaymentstoACTRA.AbelMartinVillarejoInSpainAISGEistheCMOforintellectualpropertyrightsofperformerslegallyauthorizedtocollectthecorrespondingexploitationrightsofperformers.IntellectualpropertylawinSpainrequiresusersoftheseaudiovisualrecordingstopaycertainamountstoremunerateperformersforuseoftheirwork.BradKeenanUnionsnegotiatecollectiveagreementswithproducers.CMOsmanagerightsandcollectanddistributeremunera-tiontoperformersforuseoftheirwork.TheresaTovaYougivemehope...AndyetIknowhowmuchtroublewevehadinthepastenforcingthecollectionofourownresiduals.Wecreditourrecentsuccesstoourforensicaccountingabilitiesandourabilitytoaggressivelygoaeroutstandingtitles.IsthisgoingtogeteasierBradKeenanOurstrengthandresolveatACTRAPRSisbuiltuponourstrongcollectiveagreements.IfabargainingagreementisweakinrespecttohowperformersaretobepaidandhowproducersarerequiredtomakethosepaymentsitaffectshowPRScangoandgetthemoneyfromproducers.ACTRAstopprioritiesincludebargainingstrongcollectiveagreementsandlobbyingtheCanadiangovernmentforstrongcopyrightlegislationfavorabletobothaudioandaudiovisualartists.Weputatremendousamountofeffortintobothinitiatives.Youhavetostartdomestically.Butthenyoucantjuststayinsideyourboxyourbubblebecauseotherimplicationshaveimpactfromanintellectualpropertyperspective.Countriesthathaveweakbar-gainingagreementsornoneatallstarttodiminishthoserights.ItnotonlyaffectstheabilityoftheCMOintheircoun-tryitaffectsusall.JosMariaMontesACTRAPRSandACTRAinCanadaandBritishEquityCollectingSocietyBECSandEquityintheUKaregreatexamplesofhowaunionandacollectingsocietyorganizationworkingtogethercanachievethebestresults.TheresaTovaSowhatImhearingfromyouisthatwitheverybodystartingtoworktogetherwearegoingtobestrongerandcollectmorethanweveeverdone.BradKeenanItisthejourneytotheBeijingTreatythatbroughtushere.ItwasinGenevaattheWIPOcopyrightmeetingswherewestartedtotalkaboutalltheissues.WhatisgoingonintheUSinAsiaaroundtheworldHowcouldweimprovethingsandfindwaystocollaboratemoreeffectivelyWhataboutinternationaldatabasesWerealizedthateverythingwasveryfragmentedeventhoughwehadallthesepositiveTradeunionsandcollectingsocietiesaretwosidesofthesamecoin.Ourunitymatterstoourmembers.JosMaraMontes organizationsaroundtheworld.Westartedtotalkabouthowtobringeverythinginsidethecircle.JosMariaMontesGeneva2011iswhenwerealizedthattogetherwecouldmakethishappen.BradKeenanStephenWaddellwilljokeaboutthetimewespentonwhatwecallthebluecouchesinthelobbyatWIPOinGeneva.Onthosebluecouchesyoudget10or12ofuslikeJosXavierBlancfromAEPO-ARTISAssociationofEuropeanPerformersOrganisationsinBrusselsDominickLuquerfromFIAAndyProdgerfromBECSintheUKwhereitwasobviousthatwesharedthesamemutualdrivetoprotectthebestinterestsofperformersaroundtheworld.JosMariaMontesThosebluecouchesIrememberthatwecamedownstairsfromthecafeteriawithaproposalinhandthatwehadjustmadewithoneofthemostactivedelegationsduringthelongnegotiationprocessatWIPOallowmenottosaythenameofthecountry.Itwasonthebluecouchesinthehallthatwerealizedthatwehadfinallyenabledthetreaty.TheresaTovaYouremindmeofhowweactorswork.Onealwayshaswhatswrittenonthepagebutthenyoualsohavethebackstory.AbelMartinVillarejoAISGEhasbeenworkingonthetreatyforthelast16years.WehavegonetoArgentinatoColumbiaweexplaintothemwhatIexplainedtoACTRAinthebeginning.Thatwehavethetoolstohelpyougoorganizeyourselfwewillprovideyouwithhelp.AswesayinSpainweplacedthefirststonetowardwhatwearefinalizingtoday.ACTRAstopprioritiesincludebargainingstrongcollectiveagreementsandlobbyingtheCanadiangovernmentforstrongcopyrightlegislationfavourabletobothaudioandaudiovisualartists.BradKeenanACTRAmagazineWinter20139 BradKeenanButwecanonlydothatbecausewehavetheexpertisefromEuropetheexpertisefromLatinAmericaAbelistheGeneralSecretaryofLatinArtistheassociationofIbero-AmericanperformersCMOsandJosespartici-patinginthecooperationanddevelopmentoftheworkinggroupofSCAPRtheSocietiesCouncilfortheCollectiveManagementofPerformersRightsinrespecttoAsiaandAfricatobringthemcloser.SobetweenEuropeAmericaLatinAmericaAfricaandAsiawevegotallthepiecesnowwejustneedtofinishthejob.TheresaTovaAndultimatelytherightsforaudiovisualperformersthatarecementedintheBeijingTreatyleadsustoaworldwhereproducersandotherscanthidefrompayingperformers.JosMariaMontesYes.Wegetthemoneyintothehandsofourperformers.TheresaTovaHowdoesAISGEgetthatmoneytoCanadianperformersfromSpainAbelMartinVillarejoAISGEkeepstrackoftheSpanishmarket.Wecontinuouslymonitorittodetectuserswhoeitherthroughlackofinformationorintentionallyviolatetheirlegalobligationsregardingintellectualpropertyrights.TherightsthatweregrantedforperformersinSpainandinEuropeancountriesarerightsthataresubjecttocompulsorycollectivemanagement.Theirownerscannotexercisethoserightsbythemselvessoitisbylawthatthecollectingsocietymakestheserightseffective.JosMariaMontesAndnowyouhavetodistributethismoneytotheactorsinthemovie.ButiftheyrenotSpanishtheyreCanadianswhatdowedoWejustcontactACTRAPRSandsayHellowehavemoneyforyourperformers.Perouragreementyoutellmewhichperformersyourepresentandwegiveyouthemoneytopaytothem.BradKeenanAsweevolvefurtherandfasterintonewtechnologieswithmultiplemediaplatformsinmanycasesgeneratingmicro-paymentstheroleofcollectivemanagementorganizationsisbecomingmoreandmoreimportanttoperformersaswellasrecordcompaniespublishersandsoon.JosMaraMontesAISGEsDirectorofInternationalRelationsAbelMartinVillarejoGeneralDirectorofAISGEinterviewerTheresaTovaandBradKeenanDirectorofACTRAPRSandACTRARACS.PhotoJeremyWebb TheresaTovaSowhatsthefutureWhatsthenextstepBradKeenanItstacklingoneissueafterthenext.Theconceptofstrengthenedintellectualpropertyrightsisunderattackaroundtheworld.Weneedtostayunitedanddealwiththoseissuesglobally.WhathappenssomewhereelsemayeventuallyenduphappeninginCanada.AbelMartinVillarejoAndletsnotforgetthatwealsohavetoworkhardinpromotingtheratificationandimplementationoftheBeijingTreatybyasmanycountriesaspossible.InthisfielditisalsoveryimportantforFIAandtheCMOstoworktogether.TheresaTovaSoactorswillhaveeconomicrights.WhataboutmoralrightsBradKeenanThemoralrightsoutlinedintheBeijingTreatywouldallowourperformerstoprotecttheirworkfrombeingusedinamannerthatisharmfultotheirreputation.JosMariaMontesThatsreallyimportantaswellastheirrighttoclaimtobeidentifiedastheperformersortheirperformancestheso-calledpaternityright.TheresaTovaItravelinternationallywhensingingforalivingandthisyearIwasinHollandArgentinaPolandIsraelandGermany.AndeverywhereIgoIturnontheTVandIseemyCanadianfriends...everywhere.WiththesenewdevelopmentsinBeijingandEuropearewegoingtoseeimportantnewstreamsofincomecomingfromfurtheraeldAbelMartinVillarejoWeneedtobestrongerweneedtobemoreefficientweneedtobemoreeffectiveandthatshappeningwithinFIASCAPRAEPO-ARTISandLatinArtis.BradKeenanOncetheBeijingTreatyisratifiedgloballywellhavethetoolsweneedtogetallthemoneyowedtoallperformers.Theincrediblelevelofco-operationthatwearecurrentlyexperiencingaroundtheworldhasalreadyputmoremoneyinthepocketsofourperformers.IronicallytheseresultshaveallcomefrommanymanylongnightsofconversationsonthosebluecouchesinthelobbyofWIPOinGenevawhoknew.ACTRAmagazineWinter201311SCAPRistheInternationalCouncilforCollectiveManagementOrganizationsCMOthatlooksattheissueofcollectivelicens-ingandmanagementofrightswithaviewtopromoteco-oper-ationbetweencountrieswhenexchangingmoniesacrossborders.BradKeenanandJosMaraMontespicturedatrightsitontheboardofSCAPRasChairandVice-Chairre-spectively.WhatisacollectivemanagementorganizationIntheframeworkofacollectivemanagementsystemownersofrightsauthorizecollectivemanagementorganizationstomoni-tortheuseoftheirworksnegotiatewithprospectiveusersgivethemlicensesagainstappropriateremunerationonthebasisofatariffsystemandunderappropriateconditionscollectsuchremunerationanddistributeitamongtheownersofrights.TheresaTovascareerspansfilmTVtheBroadwaymusicalstageandjazzconcertsaroundtheworld.SheisTreasurerofACTRANationalandACTRAPRSandACTRATorontoVice-President. WhattheHeckistheBeijingTreatyandWhyareweObsessedwithitByFerneDowneyACTRANationalPresidentandFIAPresident OnceuponatimeifImentionedIntellectualpropertyrightsataswelldinnerpartytheguestswoulddoafaceplantintotheirsoup.Nomore.NowIbringitupandmyfriendsaresooninthemiddleoflivelyconversation.Itsahottopic.WhyBecausenotgettingpaidforyourworkcandriveyoucrazy.IthasbecomeobviousthatinthisdigitalagecreatorsincludingperformersandproducersneedinternationalprotectionoftheirintellectualpropertyIP.TheBeijingTreatyisahugesteptowardssolvingthatproblem.IntheopeningdaysofIPAbargaininginlateOctobertheleadnegotiatorfortheproducersassociationscommentedontheimportanceofthetreatyandcongratulatedACTRAonoursteadfastcommitmenttoseeingitthrough.Whichisntabitstrangewhenyouunderstandthatthetreatyisatriumphofinternationalconsensus-buildingandaninspiringexampleofperformersandproducersworkingtogether.Afteryearsofdiplomaticwranglingactorshaveachievedinternationalrecognitionofintellectualpropertyrightsfortheirperformances.Authorscomposersandothercreatorshavelongenjoyedtheseprotectionsbutperformerswerethelasttothetableandhavestruggledtoachieverecognitionlongaftersimilarrightsweregrantedtosingersmusiciansandrecordproducers.Itsabreakthrough.Andalongtimecoming.Letsgobacktothefirstscene.Itis1992arainydayinLondonEngland.MembersoftheInternationalFederationofActorsFIAunionleadersunionstafftheFIASecretariatandcopyrightlawyerstherearealwayscopyrightlawyersinthis20-yearsagaaretalkingabouttheachingneedforthecreationofasharedinternationalunderstandingofintellectualpropertyrightsforallrecordedmediaperformances.Iwasnotinthatroomin1992.InfactIwasinmyfirstyearasaneophyteACTRATorontoCouncillorbutIamfiercelyproudofthosesmartfocusedpeoplewhowerepartoftheFIAcontingentthatchampionedthiscause.Theyallrecognizedawaymustbefoundtoprotectaudioandaudiovisualperformerseconomicandmoralrightsthroughanongoingattachmenttotheirwork.ButhowtogetthejobdoneTheytooktheircasetoWIPOtheWorldIntellectualPropertyOrganizationandbeganwhatseemedlikeanendlessprocessofnegotiation.Atfirsttherewasheadysuccess.In1996WIPOpassedatreatycreatingnewrightsforperformersandproducersinaudiorecordings.Victoryinfourshortyears.Fouryearsisablinkofaneyeindiplomatictime.CanadaratifiedthetreatyayearlaterandmadetheconformingchangesinCanadiancopyrightlaw.SingersandmusiciansandrecordingproducersbegantoexperiencethebenefitsofIPprotection.Yetaudiovisualperformerswerestillleftoutinthecold.Amazing.Foractorsthisinitialtriumphmarkedthebeginningofaverylongslogtoachievewhatthesingersandmusicianshadalreadywon.In2000theWIPODiplomaticConferenceontheProtectionofAudiovisualPerformanceswasconvenedinGeneva.TheconversationwasfulsomeIPprotectionforAVperformerswasbecomingmoreessentialeverydaywiththeopportunitiesofthedigitalrevolutioncameaccompanyingchallenges.Internationalcontenttheftwaseasierandmoreprevalentthanever.ACTRAmagazineWinter201313FerneDowneyACTRANationalPresidentFrancisGurryWIPODirectorGeneralandStephenWaddellACTRANationalExecutiveDirector.PhotoYuanWenming Safeguardsagainstunauthorizeduseneededtobeconfirmedglobally.ItwasntgoodenoughjusttohavethesafeguardsofindividualunioncontractsweneededinternationalIPprotection.Alsorespectfortherecordedperformancesneededtobeenshrinedinwhatcopyrightlawyerscallmoralrights.Foranactorthatmeanstherighttomakesureourimageisntusedagainstourwillinawaythatdestroysourreputation.AtWIPOs2000conferenceaproposedtreatywith20articleswasslowlyhammeredout.Broadagreementwasreachedon19articlesbutthe20tharticlesetuparoad-blocktofurtherprogress.ItconcernednationaltreatmentacomplicatedissuethatinvolvedthepotentialtransfertotheU.S.ofmoniescollectedinEuropefortheuseofU.S.product.EuropeancountrieswereaheadoftherestoftheworldinthattheyhadalreadygainedAVrightsforperformersandtheirrelationshipwiththegloballydominantU.S.en-tertainmentindustrywascomplex.Theyhadverygoodreasontobecautiousaboutthe20tharticle.Stalemate.Itwas10yearsofstalemateuntiloursisterunionsSAGandAFTRAreachedouttotheproducerstheMPAAMotionPictureAssociationofAmericawhohadnotbeenseeingthingsthroughthesamelensthatwewere.OtherFIAaffiliatesreachedouttotheirdomesticAVproducersaswellperformersunionsactedtodeepentheunderstandingofwhythistreatywasofcriticalimportanceandofmutualbenefittoallparties.AVperformersandproducerssharedIPinterests.Wecouldnotafforddiscordinthisarena.Ticktocktimepasses.IcannotoveremphasizehowimportantitistohaveourNationalExecutiveDirectorStephenWaddellandDirectorofACTRAPRSBradKeenancommittedtothishardwork.ThenumeroustripstothelovelybutsoonexhaustivelyexploredcityofGenevatoparticipateintheglacialprogressofnegotiationsbecameamissionbeyondthecallofduty.Committeesmeetworkinggroupsconveneconversationsdeepeninchbydiplomaticinchweprogressthenstallthenprogressthenstallthenprogress.Somedaystheadrenaline-inducingdramaoffallingintoaditchjeopardizeseverythingthenwerebackontheroadtosuccess.Thankstoaremarkableeffortbyperformersandproducersandmanycommittedgovernmentsthe11-yearimpassewasresolvedbyconsensusattheJune2011StandingCommitteeonCopyrightandRelatedRightsSCCRinGeneva.Whew.Butthatwasjustatcommittee.Thediplomaticdramaplayedon.Nowthetreatymustbeapprovedataninternationaldiplomaticconferenceandeventuallyitmustbesignedandratifiedbycountriesallovertheworld.TherearestillsomanywaysthisfragileunderstandingmightplungeoffacliffinthebackroomsofGenevabutremarkablysomethinghappensthatassuresthewholeworldwillbewatchingasthedramaentersitspenultimatemovement.ThePeoplesRepublicofChinaofferstohosttheconferenceattheChinaWorldTradeCentreinBeijingChinaisnotacountryknownforitsrespectforcopyrightaproblemitisacutelyawareof.Byputtingthemselvesatthecentreofthisconferencetheyaremakingasignificantdiplomaticgesturethatformostgovernmentsintheworldhaspoliticalresonance.Thelocationoftheconferenceelevatestheimportanceofthetreatysratification.IfitfailstheembarrassmenttotheChinesegovernmentwillundoubtedlybebadforbusiness.Thuswhatcouldhavebeenawork-a-daymeetingbecameAnEventcompletewithTVbroadcastsfromtheconferencefloorlivewebfeedsofthespeechesandanationallytelevisedCopyrightCelebrationhostedbyJackieChan.AspartofthefabulousFIAdelegationIwasdeeplyhonouredtobeaskedbyWIPOtospeakontheopeningdayoftheconferenceonbehalfofalltheactorsoftheworld.ItwasasthrillingasitwasintimidatingsoIdidwhatanyactorwoulddoIthoroughlyprepared.AndIworeagoodsuit.Happilythespeechwasverywellreceived.Howevertheconferencewasnotwithoutitsdrama.AtonepointthewholeprocessnearlycapsizedoverthelegalinterpretationofasinglewordbutintheendthetreatywasadoptedonJune262012.Hallelujah.AsmyfriendandpresidentofActorsEquityofAustraliaSimonBurkesaystheDipConfinallybroughttoanendthelongestcoffeebreakinWIPOhistory.WIPODirectorGeneralFrancisGurrysaiditsuccinctlyInternationalagreementisararecommoditythesedays.IamproudtohavebeenpartoftheFIAdelegationthatinsistedwithpatienceandverveandunflaggingcommitmentthattheIPrightsofaudiovisualperformersmustbevaluedandrespected...allovertheworld.Twentyyearsofdeterminedfocusedadvocacyisanextraordinarycommitment.AsFIAPresidentIcommitmyheartandsoultonurturingthecriticallyimportantrelationshipsnecessarytodefendIPrightsforperformersworldwide.Thetreatyisatriumphofinternationalconsensus-buildingandaninspiringexampleofperformersandproducersworkingtogether.FerneDowney ACTRAmagazineWinter201315FerneDowneydeliveredastirringspeechonbehalfoftheperformersoftheworldontheopeningdayoftheWIPODipConinBeijingChina.WIPOtheUnitedNationsAgencyresponsibleforintellectualpropertyrightsgaveherthegreathonourofspeakingtothegovernmentdelegationsabouttherealityandprecariousnessofanartistslife.ThespeechwasstreamedliveontheWIPOwebsiteandfedtofourgiantscreensinthemainsessionroomattheChinaWorldTradeCentre.LaterintheConferenceavideomessagefrommanyoftheleadingactorsoftheworld-includingMerylStreepJavierBardemWendyCrewsonandEugeneLevyamongmanyothers-addedtheirvoicestothecallforthisimportanttreatyontheProtectionofAudiovisualPerformances.PhotoYuanWenmingAllperformersaroundtheglobedeservetobefairlycompensatedandprotectedfortheworkwedo.Itstimeforaninternationaltreatythatrecognizesthatfact.-FerneDowney Twentyyears100performerunionsanda185-memberUnitedNationsagencyitwasntashortordirectroadtoadoptingaWorldIntellectualPropertyOrganizationWIPOAudiovisualTreatybutitsurewasaninterestingoneAndletsnotforgetsuccessful.TheBeijingTreatywassignedby48countriesattheJune262012WIPOconference.ButholdyourapplauseAsnotedbyFerneinherarticlewehaveclearedoneimportanthurdleandnowtherealworkbegins.SinceJunethreemorecountrieshaveformallysignedtheBeijingTreaty.AndnowCanadianperformersneedtoensurethatourgovernmentisonboard.ThatswhyACTRAtookthismessagetoParliamentHillduringourOctoberlobbydays.Itsatwo-stepprocessACTRAmetwithover40MPssenatorsandcabinetministers.ManyofourgovernmentrepresentativeshadnotevenheardoftheBeijingTreatybutwerekeentofindoutmore.Theirfirststepistosignthetreatyandthenextistoensurethatthenewrightsforperformersareincorporatedintoexistinglegislation.Theroadaheaddoesnotendatourborder.CountriesaroundtheworldwillalsohavetostepupandACTRAissupportingthemthroughouttheprocess.AspartoftheInternationalFederationofActorsFIAwewillworkcloselywithourinternationalpartnersincludingtheInternationalFederationofMusiciansCollectiveManagementOrganizationsandtheInternationalLabourOrganizationILOtocoordinatetheworkaheadofus.AspartofFIAACTRAwillcontinuetocollaboratewithWIPOtogetthistreatyadopted.OurrelationshipwithWIPOisstrongandtheyarehelpingCanadafacilitatetheprocess.ItsbeeneightyearssinceIstartedworkingatACTRAbutIneverfailtobeimpressedbythepassionanddeterminationofourmembers.Asperformersyoucanimmediatelyconnectissuesascomplexasanaudiovisualintellectualpropertytreatytoyourreality.YouarticulatewhyspecificissuesaremeaningfultoCanadiansandtoworkingpeople.Thisiskeywhenconnectingwithdecision-makers.Letsnotforgetthatourowncountryhasyettosignontothistreatythatprotectsoureconomicandmoralrights.CanadianperformersneedtocontinuetospeaktoMPsaboutwhatitmeanswhenyourworkisstolenandviewedforfree.MPsneedtohearyourpersonalandprofessionalperspectivesonwhatitislikeforyourworktobealteredwith-outpermissionorpaymentconsequences.Theyarestartingtohearwhatwearesayingandweneedtoensurethattheyfollowthrough.StaytunedtofindoutmoreaboutwhatyoucandotourgetheCanadiangovernmenttosignontothisimportanttreaty.Checkoutactra.caandwatchfortheACTRAemailnewsblasts.Speaktoyourfamilyfriendsandlocalrepresentativestohelpgetthewordout.Canadianmusicianshavehadanaudiotreatyinplaceforyears.Canadianperformerswantthisaudiovisualtreatynow.TogetherletsgetournewBeijingTreatysignedandratified.CanadianPerformersWantATreatyByMaritStilesACTRANationalDirectorofPublicPolicyandCommunicationsWorkingFullSteamAheadwithGlobalStrength ACTRAmagazineWinter201317ACTRAperformersmetwithover40MPssenatorsandcabinetministers.ManyofthemhadnotevenheardoftheBeijingTreatybutwerekeentondoutmore.ACTRAs2012Ottawalobbyparticipants.FrontrowLtoRTaliaPuraHeatherAllinMPTyroneBenskinGraceLynnKungTristanD.LallaClaraPasiekacrouchingTheresaTovaandAlvinSanders.BackrowLtoRCaryLawrenceRichardHardacreJoelKellerBarryBlakeFerneDowneyJacksonDaviesandArtHindle.ActorsGraceLynnKungleftandTristanD.LallarightwithMPAndrewCashcentre.PhotosFredChartrand Imspendingaweekwithactorsfromallovertheworlddiscussinghowwecanmakethewagesandworkingconditionsforallofusbetter.IsentthatasatextmessagetomyyoungerbrotherinSeattleafewweeksagowhilewaitinginlineforacoffeeoutsidethehallwherethe20thWorldCongressoftheFdrationInternationaledesActeursFIAwastakingplace.FIA.TheInternationalFederationofActors.ImaunionofficersoofcourseIhadheardofFIAbutuntilIattendedthecongressIhadntreallythoughtaboutwhatitisandhowimportantitisforallworkingactorsinrecordedmedianomatterwhereweliveandworkonthefaceoftheearth.AndtheimportanceofFIAcanonlygrow.Inadigitalweb-connectedworldtherearefewborders.Thefirsttwodaysoftheweekduringpre-congressmeetingsIsatbesidearepresentativefromSouthAfrica.Shespoketomeofthestrugglesshewashavingre-startingaunionthathadbeenabandonedbythemembersbecausepreviousleadershiphadallowedittobecomeinsignificant.Shesurprisedothersatthemeetingwhenshementionedaprojectwhichwasshootinginherhometownusingnon-unionSouthAfricans.NooneelsehadheardabouttheshootbutaquicksearchonallthelaptopsandiPadsaroundtheroomrevealedtherewereunionizedmembersfromseveralcountriesworkingontheproject.ToothersattendingtheCongressthissituationwasalltoofamiliar.Onanumberofinternationalco-productionsunionizedperformersfromEnglish-speakingcountrieswithstrongunionsarebeingtreatedfairlyandwithrespectbecausetheysigncontractswiththeirhomeunionswhilethenon-unionlocalperformersarebeingexploitedandused.FIACongressRisingINVESTINGINOURFUTUREByAlvinSandersAlvinSandersisACTRANationalsVice-PresidentandthePresidentofUBCPACTRA.Heisanaward-winningstageperformervoicesleadingrolesonnumerousanimatedseriesandappearsincommercialsinCanadaandtheU.S.Havingspentover38yearsasaworkingactorAlvinknowstheimportanceofastrongperformersunion. Thosenon-unionworkersarestartingtoturntounionizedperformersworldwidetosupporttheiruniondrives.ThekindofsupportwhichwillbeeffectiveinbringingfairwagesandworkingconditionstothoseworkerscanonlycomefromaninternationalorganizationlikeFIA.SpeakingtoaBrazilianFIArepresentativeabouthowherunionworkwasputtingherselfandherfamilyindangerofphysicalretaliationturnedwhatIthinkofashistoryintopresent-dayreality.FartoooftenItakeforgrantedtherightsmyunionprovidesforme.AttendingtheFIACongressIwasremindedthatourrightsandminimumwagesdidntjustappearsuddenlynorweretheysimplygiventousbytheproducers.Theserightswerefoughtforandwonformewithsacrificeandsometimesblood.SittingatlunchwiththeFIArepresentativefromNamibiaandseeingthebroadsmileofappreciationcrosshisfacewhenwesaidACTRAshouldbeabletohelphimacquireausedprintersothathecouldmakeunionmembershipcardswasalsoamomentofself-awarenessforme.HissmilemadesomeofthethingsIthinksoimportanteachdayseemsoverypetty.ImextremelyproudACTRAisintheforefrontasFIAstridesintotheperformance-capturesatellitenetworksdigital-deliverancerecorded-mediaworldofourpresentandfuture.OurpresidentandalsoFIAPresidentFerneDowneywithtremendoussupportfromournationalstaffhaspositionedACTRAtobealeaderofFIAasitstrivestoraiseitsvoiceinsupportofallperformerseverywhereonthefaceoftheearth.ACTRAmagazineWinter201319Iwasremindedthatourrightsandminimumwagesdidntjustappearsuddenlynorweretheysimplygiventousbytheproducers.AlvinSandersPadraigMurrayPresidentofIrishEquity.PhotoJeremyWebbTopLeftUNITEHERELocal75hotelworkersDanielBastienandKayannDrummondattheTorontoSheridanjointheCongresstowelcomeFIAdelegates.PhotoJeremyWebbTopRightLtoRFerneDowneyKirstiCamererformerGeneralSecretaryoftheNorwegianActorsUnionNorskSkuespillerforbundNSFKatjaElgaardHolmPresidentoftheDanishActorsAssociationDanskSkuespillerforbundDSFandAndersFriisBrorholtGeneralSecretaryofDSF.PhotoJagGundu Imagineaworldwhereperformingartistsfromacrosstheglobespeakwithonevoice.Imagineaplanetwhereproducersfaceaunifiedbodyofinternationalactorsallconnectedtotheirownunionsandtotheunionsfromeverynation.Youcanstopimagining.ThisgroupistheInternationalFederationofActors.FIAWherehandshakesspanoceansmountainrangesdesertsandevenwarzones.Foroneheadyweekofinternationalembracemorethan150performersandactorsunionrepresentativesfrom75countriesgatheredinSeptemberforFIAs20thWorldCongressheldinToronto.Thegoalwastodefinethepoliticalagendaforthenextfouryearstocome.Inputfrommembersandlivelydebatesledthecongresstoadoptasetof23resolutions.FIAdelegateswereeagerandfullofideasonhowtobestdefendperformersrightsaroundtheworld.ThenewFIAPresidentwaselectednoneotherthanourownACTRANationalPresidentFerneDowney.ThevisionofFIAiscreditedtotwopioneersintheearly1950sJeanDarcanteoftheSyndicatNationaldesActeursFranaisandGeraldCroasdellofBritishActorsEquity.FIAemergedasatrulyinternationalindependentandnon-governmentalorganizationspeakingonbehalfofperformersunionsguildsandprofessionalassociationsonallcontinents.Itfightsthegoodfightfortheartisticeconomicsocialandlegalinterestsoftheperformersitrepresentswherevertheyliveandwork.DevelopingaUnionJustAddFIAGlobalsupportwhentherestroubleguidancefordevelopingunionsinspirationforusallByJeremyWebb Whilesomeunionslikeco-hostsACTRACanadianActorsEquityAssociationandUniondesArtistessentmultipledelegatesthereweresomerepresentativestravelingsoloandfortheirfirsttime.AllperformerswhoentertheFIAarenaarewelcomedwhole-heartedly.DelegateswhodrecentlybattledtomaketheirowncountriesrecognizetheirveryexistencewerehappytobesupportedbyfellowperformersastheywereenfoldedintotheFIAfamily.Itsquiteajourneythatweundergoindividuallyasartists.Asperformerswesharemanychallengesbecausethelifeofanartistisneveraneasypath.ItsaprecariouscareerfilledwithuncertainworkopportunitiesandfluctuatingpaychequesitsbuiltontakingrisksembracingchangeandreinventingoneselfsaysthenewlyelectedFIAPresidentFerneDowney.OvertheweekIfoundtimetopullsomeoftheinternationaldelegatesasideandtalktothemabouthowFIAissupportingaidingandinspiringtheirdevelopingunions.CarlynndeWaal-SmitSecretaryoftheSouthAfricanGuildofActorsSAGAsmilesasshesharesapunatherownexpenseWellithasbeenasagatothispoint.Sheexplainshowherunioncametobeandhowasanactorsagentshebecamesecretaryofaunion.BecauseImanagentIhavealottodowiththecontractingofactorsknowingtheirtermsandsolvingtheproblemstheyhave.AftermeetingwithaproducertodiscussrepeatfeesforartistsdeWaal-SmitwaschallengedfromacrossthetableIfyoudontlikeittakeustocourtTalkaboutwavingaredflagcontinuesdeWaal-Smit.Thismademeiratetodosomethingaboutit.ThebiggestissuefacinguswasthatSouthAfricanactorswereseenasindependentcontractorsnotemployeesandthereforecannotunionize.Wewereinastalemateforawhile.Weveonlybeengoingatitfortwoyearsofficially.InAugust2010weformedourfirstmembershipintermsofpeoplesigningupandpayingtheirdues.InNewZealandalonghistoryhasntnecessarilyledtostabilityfortheNewZealandActorsEquityoverthepastfewdecades.JenniferWard-LealandPresidentofNewZealandActorsEquityexplainsherrockyroadEquityhasactuallyexistedforover35years.Itwasreasonablystronginthe70sand80sandthenitwasundonebytheemploymentcontractsbillthatwaspassedbytheright-winggovernmentintheearly90s.ItwasthenthatNewZealandactorsstartedbecomingfreelancers.ContinuesWard-LealandWelostemployeestatus.Lotsofthingschangedtheuniongotweakerandweaker.Weonlyhadanorganizerparttime.Eventuallyweamalgamatedintothenationaldistributionunionwhichrepresentslabourerssuchasshopworkersmeatworkerssupermarketworkers.SheraisedaneyebrowasshediplomaticallycommentedonthatbizarresituationWithallrespecttoourbrothersandsistersnotanaturalfitforus.Soinabout2006theCouncilofTradeUnionssaidtheywouldconsidertakingtheactorsequityunionundertheirwingaddingsensiblyOnlyiftheactorswantit.Theactorsvotedwithan82majorityandwehavesinceachievedterrificmembershipgains.Wearenowatover500members.VincentMwembaSecretaryGeneraloftheOruuanoNamibianArtistsUnionalsofacedchallengesfromhisgovernment.BeingaperformermyselfitwasnotsoeasytoconvincethegovernmenttohelpusMwembatellsmeoverabreakattheFIACongress.EverytimewewouldgotothemforhelptheywouldtellusNoyouhavetogoandorganizeyourselfandbythattimetherewasnosuchorganization.Everyindividualartistwhohadaproblemwouldhavetogotoaminister.EventuallytheysaidNothiscannotbewecannothelpeverybodytrytocometogetherandformabodythatcanspeakonbehalfoftheactors.ItwaswhileresearchingtheshapeofthatfutureunionthatMwembadiscoveredFIA.MemetAliAlaboraPresidentoftheActorsUnionofTurkeywasthrilledtotellmethathisunionhadjustbecomethenewestFIAmemberandwaswelcomedbytheFIAExecutivejustthedaybefore.InTurkeythefirstperformersunionwasfoundedinthe1950sandmadeupofactorsoperasingersandsometheatreworkers.AlaborapicksupthestoryThefilmindustrysawauniondevelopin1963whichincludedsomeactorsbutitcoveredalloftheworkersincludingdirectorsandeveryone.Thislastedfortwoyears.Thenin1968therewastheTheatreWorkersUnionwhichmostlywasfoundedbytheactorsbutalsoincludedotherworkerswhichlastedagainfortwoyears.Thencameanotherunionforcinemaworkersagainin1978whichstillexists.Butthefirstunionsolelyforac-torsforperformersistheActorsUnionofTurkeywhichwasfoundedinMarch2011.CarlynndeWaal-SmitSecretaryoftheSouthAfricanGuildofActorsandVincentMwembaSecretaryGeneraloftheOruuanoNamibianArtistsUnion.PhotoJeremyWebbJenniferWard-LealandPresidentoftheNewZealandActorsEquityACTRAmagazineWinter201321 IamsurprisedbyhowrecentAlaborasunioninTurkeyhasdeveloped.HesmilessitsuptallinhischairandproudlytellsmethestateofhisunionInjustayearwehave1000members.Wereckonthereare10000actorsinTurkeybut7000ofthemactivelyworking.Weareworkingreallyhard.Itisbecomingapparentthatthesedevelopingunionsarefacingthesamechallengesanduphillbattles.Theirgrowingmembershipsaresuccessfulbecauseoftheirrepresentativestirelessefforts.ThesedelegateshavethebitbetweentheirteethandarefuelingtheirfireatthisFIAcongress.SAGAsCarlynndeWaal-SmitisattendingtheTorontocongresstoaskforhelpImusttellyouthatthesupportforSouthAfricanperformersthatweveneededishere.Ithasbeenaheartwarmingexperience.ShegrinsIdontknowhowmanypeoplehavesaidThankyousomuchforcomingbacktoFIA.Youvebeenmissed.InotethatdeWaal-SmithasabulldogspiritinherbloodThatstheagentinyouIventure.SheretortsIdoitinthenicestpossibleway.IthinkifIdidnthavethatattitudeSAGAwouldntexist.WehaveahugemountaintoclimbandImupforit.IneedalittlebitoftrainingandFIAcanassist.FIASolidarityTheeyesoftheworldfocusedonNewZealandrecentlywhenPeterJacksonattemptedtoproducetheprequeltoTheLordofTheRingstrilogyTheHobbitnon-union.IpointouttheironyofthesituationwithTheHobbitnowatrilogyanditspredecessorfilmsthattotheoutsideworlditseemstoindicatethehealthiestandmostvibrantfilmindustryintheworldandyetWard-Lealandistellingmeitsnotthecase.Itsinterestingshereplies.Wekeepgettingthisfigurequotedusthatthefilmindustryisworth3.2billiontoNewZealandandIsaythenwhyarewenotprovidingcontractsthatputusonanequalfootingwithouroverseascounterpartsSheseeshertasknowoneofmanytocontinuetolobbyforgovernmentsupportandtocontinuetobuildastrongperformerscommunity.FIAtousislikeourguardian.Itsupportsandguidesus.RameshBudhathokiChairmanoftheNepalFilmArtistsAssociationRameshBudhathokiandMemetAliAlaboraPresidentoftheActorsUnionofTurkeyMemethas400000followersonTwitterPhotoJeremyWebb WhileWard-LealanddoesntfeeltheneedtorehashthesituationshedoesspeakhighlyofherbrothersandsistersfromaroundtheworldwhospokeouttoletitbeknownthattheeyesoftheworldwereonMiddleEarth.TheunionsfromFIApassedaresolutiontosupportusandconsequentlysentalettertotheproducersofthatfilm.TheresnodoubtthatFIAssupportachievedgainsforus.NodoubtWard-Lealandsays.ResidualsforNewZealandactorsonthatfilmwerentevendiscussedbeforeFIAslettercame.Wereincrediblygratefulforthat.Itultimatelygotustothetablewiththeproducersforameaningfulnegotiation.BackwithAlaboraThesloganofourunionistheleadroleisthesolidarity.IaskedthedelegateifhewouldsayitinTurkishformeandIhavetoreportthatitsoundsevenbetterIntheendweareallofthesamenationthearts.Wearetheotheroutcastsofeverycultureandineverycountry.Wearealwaysdangerous.FormeAlaborahashitthenailonthehead.Historyhasplacedtheartistastheantagonistthecriminalandthevagabond.ThroughourunionsandthroughFIAwegainbrotherhoodcompanionshipandstrengthonamammothscale.Webecomeaforceforchangeandgood.CollectiveAgreementsWhenIaskAlaborawhetherhiscountryhascollectiveagreementsinplacehisanswerisswiftNo.CollectiveagreementisaveryhardcaseinTurkeybecauseinTurkeyyoucanonlyorganizeaunioninsectors.Wehave28sectorsandmediaisnotincluded.Thepressisasectorbutcultureisputinwithothersectorswhichincludestwo-and-a-halfmillionworkers.Youhavetoachieve10ofthattwo-and-a-halfmilliontohavetherighttocreateacollectivebargainingagreement.ItseemslikeanimpossibletaskbutagainIaminspiredbythedeterminationoftheserepresentativesofthesedevelopingunions.Wearepreparingourselvestoachievecollectivebargainingnotthroughlawbutthroughourownforce.IhavenoreasontodoubtthatAlaborawillbesuccessful.MwembaagreesthatFIAisvitalbecauseitwaswithinFIAwherewestarteddiscussingtheneedsofdevelopingunionsespeciallyinAfrica.HesawtheimportanceofcommunicatingwithunionsaroundtheworldincludingCanadawithsimilarstructures.Welookedathowtheydotheircontracts.Inourcountrywedidnotknowhowtoexecutethebargainingagreements.WelookedtoCanadaandtheyhelpedustocometoapointtowherewearenowstrongerwhenitcomestobargaining.OurCollectiveFutureAlaboralaysouthisplanforthefuture.InTurkeytheworkingconditionsareincrediblyhard.Weareworkingfor16or17hoursadaytomakeaTVseriesbecauseaweeklyTVseriesisapproximately120minuteswhichisshotinfiveorsixdays.HeseesmyjawdropasIdothemath.HecontinuesYestheworkingconditionsareawfulinTurkeyandwhatwearetryingtoachieveistomaketheactoraworkersowecanimproveworkingconditionsfortheactor.FordeWaal-Smitanothermountaintoclimbisthatofcollectiveagreements.Theydontexist.No.WhatwedohaveisthebodyofagentscalledthePMAthePersonalManagersAssociationtheyhavebeenverystrongsincesometimeinthe1980s.ItmeansthatthePMAaremakingsurethatcontractsareadheredtobutthesecontractsarenotunion-issuedandareover15yearsold.Buttheyareexperiencingcontinualprogress.TwoyearsagowehadaninterimboardandayearlaterweheldaproperAGMandaboardwaselected.Wereliaisingwithourmembershipalotmoreandwevedividedintoworkgroupswherepeoplecantalkaboutourissues.IaskdeWaal-SmitwhatsnextonherhitlistThefirstthingisacollectingsocietyaswedonthaveanyresiduals.TomorrowIhaveameetingwithBradKeenanDirectorofACTRAPerformersRightsSociety.IgushHestheman.Hedoessomuchgoodworkforperformers.OnebyoneafterourconversationsthedelegatesreturntotheCongresshallandjointheirFIAcolleagues.Theysitshouldertoshoulderusingearphonestolistentothetranslationswhileplanningtheirnextmovesintheirowncountry.Theytakewiththemtheknowledgethattheyarenotaloneandthatdelegatesaroundtheworldhavetheirbacks.Developingunionsfacethesamechallengesandneedsupport.ThemembersofFIAstrivehardtokeepalivethespiritofthosewhohavegonebeforeus.CarlynnVincentJenniferandMemetAliarewatchingclosely.Inafewmonthsoryearstimetheywillwelcomethenextgenerationofdevelopingunionsexplainhowtheydiditandbecomethego-toteam.JeremyWebbisACTRAMaritimesNationalCouncillorandanactorbasedinHalifaxNovaScotia.HisproductioncompanyOffTheLeashCreativeproducestouringtheatreandfilm.Tofindoutmoregotowww.offtheleash.ca.ACTRAmagazineWinter201323AsnewlyelectedFIAPresidentFerneDowneysaysinherintroductoryaddressontheFIAwebsiteGlobalsolidaritymustbethebedrockuponwhichFIAwillcontinuetobuild.Wewillcampaigntosecuretherighttofreedomofexpressionforallperformersinallcountries.Wewillresistanypowerthatconspirestoworkagainstourbestinterests.Wewillpursueouridealsandmakethemreal. YournameandcountryAnnePapilloudSwitzerlandUnionsnameandyearsinoperationSyndicatSuisseRomandduSpectacle55years.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaTheopeningoftheCongresswiththeblessingsfromWandaWhitebirdandChiefBryanLaForme.Iwasmovedbytheirspeechesandtheblessing.IlovedthewayChiefBryanLaFormespokeabouttheirtraditionsandtheneedtoshareandhowtheysharedthelandwiththenewcomers.AperfectopeningforFIAbecausealotofourworkisaboutsharing.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionFIAmeanssharinglearningbeingabletospeakthesamelanguagewithpeoplefromallaroundtheworldwhoallfightforperformersrights.FIAmeansnotbeingalonefightinginmytinycountry.FIAmeansthatunitedwearestronger.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRAIfellinlovewithTorontoanditsuniquewayofbeingtotallyopenandfriendly.TheCongresswasperfectlyorganizedandthepeopleorganizingthemeetingswereallverycompetentandfriendly.IalsothinkthatitisveryimpressivehowACTRAmembersareproudoftheirorganization.IwouldlovetodevelopthisfeelinginmyunionHowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionIbeganworkingforit7yearsago.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItsnourishingtobeabletosharethistimewithallthedelegatestolearnhowtheyliveandworkandfightintheircountries.Itgivesmestrengthandenergy.Inmanycountriesthesituationistoughyetpeoplearefightingandbelievingintheirstrugglesanditmakesmerememberthatweareontheluckysideoftheworld.ThatswhyFIAanditsspiritissoimportanttome.WhosatFIAByJeremyWebbAnnePapilloudSwitzerlandItsnourishingtobeabletosharethistimewithFIAdelegatesDeryaDurmazTurkeyFIAbeingconnectedtotheworldofacto YournameandcountryDeryaDurmazTurkeyYourunionsnameandyearsinoperationScreenActorsGuildofTurkeyfoundedin1992.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThehotelworkerunionsrepresentativesparticipationinourmeetingandourdecisiontosupportthem.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionBeingconnectedtotheworldofactorsandfeelingtheirsupportfromallaroundtheworld.Itisalwayswithyou.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.TorontoisacitythatlooksAmericanandfeelsEuropeanintermsofthecontinentandculture.IthinkACTRAalsohasthatdualqualitywhichIbelieveisusefulforrepresentingactorsfromallovertheworld.HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionSince2008.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItmakesmefeelthatImconnectedwithmyfellowactorsandtradeunionistsfromallaroundtheworld.Havingthechancetochaironeofthesessionsandmakeapresentationwasaprivilege.Itgavemeachancetopresenthowthingsareinmycountryandtomakecomparisonswiththeexamplespresentedbycolleaguesinothercountries.YournameandcountryVladimirKamenRussiaIamaRussiannationalbutasanofficialofaregionaltradeunionassociationIrep-resentmyaffiliatedunionscomingfrom13countriesoftheCaucasusEastEuropeandCentralAsiaCEECA.YourunionsnameandyearsinoperationConsultativeCouncilofCulturalWorkersUnionsCCCWU.SetupinJanuary1992asaregionaltradeunionassociationthatsucceededtheFederationofCulturalWorkersUnionsofthedisbandedUSSR.Currentlyhas13affiliatesinArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiaKazakhstanKyrgyzstanLithuaniaMoldovaRussiaTajikistanTurkmenistanUkraineandUzbekistan.SevenofthemarealsoaffiliatedtoFIA.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThereweremanymemorablepointsandthings.IthinkwhatstruckaveryspecialnotewasthegreetingfromtheFirstNations.ThiswasinawayofdoubleimportancetomeasaRussiannationalfirstthereisacurioussortofaffinityacrossagesanddistanceswiththesepeoplebecauseweknowthattheirancestorslivedinSiberiamanyagesagonationsrelatedtothemstilllivethereandtheirartsandcustomsaresomewhatsimilartowhatwesawintheCongresshallsecondthiskindofrespecttowardstheFirstNationsisanexampleweinRussiashouldtrytofollowintherun-uptothe2014WinterOlympicswhichverymuchlikethe2010VancouverOlympicswouldbeheldinplacesthatmeanalottoourlocalCaucasianFirstNations.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionFIAaffiliatesinthepartoftheworldthatIcomefromhavelookedtoFIAasabulwarkoftradeunionsolidarity-akindoflargefamilythatmakessurethatoneshouldneverwalkalone-andatthesametimeanimportantsourceofexpertiseandknowledge.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.IvebeenintouchwithACTRAcloseonthirtyyearsbynowandhavealwaysbeenimpressedbyyourUnionsefficiencyinmanagingandprotectingtherightsandinterestsofitsaffiliatesandoftheperformersprofessioningeneral.IshouldaddthatIwasparticularlyimpressedthistimebythoseshortpromotionalACTRAvideosthatwereshowntotheCongressdelegates.AstoTorontoasjustabouteverynewcomertothispartofCanadaIwasgreatlyimpressedbytheNuitBlanchefestivalandbytheNiagaraFallsbutatthesametimeIcouldnothelpnoticingthatTorontoanditsenvironsseemtosharemanyofthelesspleasantbirthmarksthatlargecitiesinourpartoftheworld-suchasMoscow-bear...HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionAlmostthirtyyears-IstartedworkingforthethenCulturalWorkersUnionoftheUSSRin1983.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItnurturesasenseofbelonging-andfacilitatesnetworkingandexchangeofknowledgeandexperienceswithcolleaguesfromotherregionsoftheworld.YournameandcountryAgneteG.HaalandNorwayYourunionsnameandyearsinoperationNorwegianActorsEquityNSFwasfoundedin1898andisthesecondoldestactorsequityinEurope.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThegreatfeelingofsolidarityexpressedandsharedbyactorsfromallovertheglobe.Ilovedthepeople.Everybodywassofriendlyandopen-minded.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionItisavitalsourceofinspirationtous.ThesolidarityaspectofFIAisimportant.FIAgivesusfriendsallovertheworldwhohelpmakeourworkbettereasierandmoremeaningful.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.IwasveryimpressedbyACTRAsworkandthededicationoftheirmembers.AndIknowFernewillbeafantasticnewFIApresident.ThetriptotheStratfordFestivalandsee-ingElectrawasamemoryforlife.HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionIhavebeenamembersinceIstartedworkingasanactress30yearsago.Everybodymustbelongtoaunion.Wearestrongtogetherbutweakalone.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItgivesmefriendsforlifeAndmakesmyworkmeaningful.ACTRAmagazineWinter201325sVladimirKamenRussiaWelooktoFIAasabulwarkoftradeunionsolidarityAgneteG.HaalandWearestrongtogetherbutweakalone DuringtheFIACongressACTRANationalCouncillorBarryBlakehadachancetositdownwithRaymondLegaultPresidentoflUniondesArtistestodiscusssomeofUdAsworkontheArtistsCharterlaChartedelartiste.Herespartoftheirdiscussion.BarryAsamemberofUdAIvefollowedthedevelopmentoftheArtistsCharterwithgreatinterest.IwasintriguedtofinditpresentedhereattheFIACongress.CouldyougiveourreadersanindicationoftheprocessinvolvedinbringingthechartertofruitionandyourthoughtsonitswiderapplicabilityRaymondIlltrytosumitupforyou.Wevebeenworkingonthisprojectforthreeyearsnow.FirstandforemostitstrulytheArtistsCharter.ItsimportanttounderstandthattheArtistsCharterissomethingthatisaboveallotherlaws.BarryCanyouelaborateonwhatyoumeanbyaboveotherlawsRaymondInCanadawehavetheCanadianCharterofRightsandFreedomswhichsometimesconflictswithotherlawsandoftenthecourtsarecalledupontointerpretthelawsoitsacharterthatclarifiesotherlaws.WiththeArtistsCharterwearesayingthatartistshavearoleandaresponsibilitytheyhavedutiestowardsthesocietyinwhichtheyliveandsocietyalsohasdutiesandresponsibilitiestowardsitsartists.Ofcourserightawaywethinkaboutfundingandthingsofthatnature.Butthereisalsofreedomofexpressionthereisalsohowartistswithinasocietycancontributetoitsdevelopment.Itstartsfromtheassumptionthattheartistsroleinsocietywhilemaybenotaprimordialroleisanessentialone.BarryIcertainlyagreewithyouthere.RaymondAndanotherthingIvecometorealizeisthattherearealotofourmembersespeciallyamongtheyoungeroneswhoarelookingtoclarifytheirrolewhoareaskingexactlywhattheirroleis.Wespokewiththemofcoursebutwealsobroughttogetherallkindsofpeoplenotjustperformersbutartistsinthebroadestsenseauthorsdesignersartistsinthevisualarts.Werefertothemasthecharterspilgrims.BarryIrememberreadingyourpassionatedescriptionintheUdAnewsletteroftheweekendorientationconferenceTheunionofideasheldinMay2012.Itwasanimpressivefeatbringingsome280artiststogethertodiscusstheroleoftheartistinsocietyandtodraftadocumentreflectingtheirdeliberations.WhatwasthenextstepinyourprocessRaymondAfterwegatheredtheirinputwesetupasmallcommitteeandproceededtodosomepruningbecauseeveryonewantedtobeincludedinthischarterwomenwantedtohaveapresenceaswellaschildrenpeoplewithdisabilitiesbutwesaidnoartistscomeinawidevarietyofforms.TheycanbefemalemaletheycanbedisabledtheycanbeblackAsian.Itdoesntmatterwhatitboilsdowntoisthattheyareartists.Anartistissomeonewhodevoteswithintheirownmeansthemajorityoftheirlifetotheirart.Weknowthatitsnotalwayspossiblebecausetheycantalwaysmakealivingatit.Butitssomeonewhohasmadeacommitmenttoanartandwhoistryingtomakeitthefocusoftheirlife.Wethenaskedalawyeraconstitutionalexperttoputallthisinmorelegaltermsandtheresultwasthe37articlescontainedintheArtistsCharterandthesearticlesarethestartingpointforadiscussion.InsteadofjustsayingItwouldbegoodtohaveacharterwereallylaidthegroundwork.Wesaidheresaprojectthatwecouldcontinuetoimproveupon.Whenwegavethecongressanideaofwhathadbeencreatedtheysaidyesweagreewiththeprinciplesandkeepworkingonit.AtUdAwedecidedtopresentthedraftdocumenttoourmembersatageneralmembershipmeeting.UdADreamsofaBetterWorldByBarryBlake ACTRAmagazineWinter201327AttentionACTRAUdAdualmembersIfyouareafullmemberingoodstandingofbothACTRAandUniondesartistesyoucannowselecttheunionofyourchoicetoadministeryourfringebenefitsIR.Onceyourselectionhasbeenmadeallofyourfringebenefitcontributionsanddeductionsregardlessofunderwhichunionsjurisdictiontheworkoccurswillbedirectedtoyourselectedplan.DualcardmemberscanrefertotheFAQsectionatactra.caorcontactyourunionofchoicewithanyquestions.Dualmembershavetheoptionofstickingwiththestatusquobysimplynotcompletingtheformyoureceivedinthemail.ACTRAandUdAhavecometogethertomakethisoffertodualcardedmemberstohelpimproveyourhealthandwelfareasitpertainstoinsurancecoverageandretirementplanning.BarryBlakeleftwithRaymondLegaultPresidentoflUniondesArtistesWealsobroughttogetherallkindsofpeoplenotjustperformersbutartistsinthebroadestsenseauthorsdesignersartistsinthevisualarts.Werefertothemasthecharterspilgrims.RaymondLegaultPresidentoflUniondesArtistesBarryAndisthisthesamedocumentyouareproposingtoFIARaymondMoreorless.ItsbasedonoursandonotherdraftsaswellonotherchartersthatwerewrittendocumentsandmanifestosoftheInternationalFederationofMusiciansFIMandFIA.Thereareotherdocumentstoo.UNESCOtooksimilaractionin1997Brazildidsomeworkalongtheselinesin2008andScotlandin2004.SoonthatbasiswhatweresuggestingtoFIAisthattheyestablishacommitteethatwillreviewallthatandtrytoamalgamatetheinterestsofallpartiesandgiveittheappropriatewordingsothatitbecomesaFIAdocumentthatdefinestheroleresponsibilitiesandstatusoftheartistinsocietyandvice-versa.BarryBravoRaymond.Thankyoufortakingthetimetofillusinonthisveryworthwhileinitiative.BarryBlakehasactedinfilmtelevisionandonthestageforalmost35years.AcommittedtradeunionistandactivistheisOttawasrep-resentativebothonACTRAsNationalCouncilandontheNationalExecutiveandhasaparticularinterestinartspolicylobbyingandpoliticalaction.AsamemberofbothACTRAandlUniondesartistesthebilingualOttawanativehasapersonalperspectiveonandinterestinthepolicyinitiativesundertakenbybothunions.FIALatinAmericadelegatesraiseaglassattheFIAopeningreceptionattheEdMirvishTheatre.Theyhaveastronginterestintheroleresponsibilityandstatusoftheartistinsocietyandsocietyscorrespondingresponsibilitytotheartist.L-RSulaKryriacosMabrudisSATEDMGBrazilMariaVeronicaDoNascimentoGomesPresidentofBrazilsSATEDESSergioMautonePresidentofSUAUruguayLuisElTurcoAliGeneralSec-retaryofAAAArgentinaCarlosEnriqueVictoriaAlvarezGeneralSecretarySAIPPeru.PhotoJagGundu WhileU.S.labourunionswereunderconservativefireRobertaReardoncampaignedhardastheNationalPresidentoftheAmericanFederationofTelevisionandRadioArtiststocreateasingleperformersunionintheUnitedStatesofAmerica.ThemergerwasapprovedinMarch201286byAFTRAmembersand82bySAGmembers.Atthe2012InternationalFederationofActorsFIAWorldCongressinTorontoIhadtheopportunitytochatwithRobertanowtheCo-PresidentofSAG-AFTRArepresentingover160000performersintheU.S.HeatherAllinLetstalkaboutthelandscapeforperformersaroundtheworldandwhyFIAisimportantforallofus.RobertaReardonFIAisanamazinginternationalorganizationthatwasestablishedtogiveustheopportunitytotalkopenlyasprofessionalperformersaboutourcollectiveissues.Producersaremovingaroundtheworldtocreateartandmanyofthemarebiginternationalcompanies.AspartofFIAweworktogethertoflagproducerswholooktofindcreativewaystogetawayfromworkingwithunions.Weleteveryoneknowthatnomatterwhereweworkwegotherewiththeprotectionofourunion.HeatherAllinACTRATorontoholdsmemberconferencestwiceayearandatthelastoneIwasapproachedbyanewmemberwhosaidTodayIrealizedthatbeingamemberoftheunionmeansthatIamnotalone.CanyousharesomeadvicewithourmembersontheimportanceofourperformerunionsRobertaReardonItscriticaltoconnectwithourmembers.Weneedtoempowerthemtospeakupforthemselvesasartists.WhereverIgoIspeakaboutwhyalabourunionforartistsistheonlywaythatwecanhavesomesecurityandberespectedasprofessionalworkers.Inmycountryifwedidnthavelabourunionsforperformerswedallbehobbyists.Somebodymayormaynotpayuswellbutwewouldneverhaveanyabilitytocontrolourimageorcontrolourworksite.Companiesaregettingbigandmakingalotofmoney.Theyhavesomuchcontrol.Ifwedidnthavelabourunionstoprotectusitwouldbeadisasterforeverybody.HeatherAllinHowdoyouhandletheanti-unionsentimentintheU.S.RobertaReardonIremindeveryonethatunionratesholdupalloftheotherrates.TheUnitedStatesiscurrentlyexperiencingananti-unionperiodbecauseuniondensityhasgottensosmallthatpeoplewhodonthaveprotectionsarelookingatwhatunionworkershaveandsayingWhyshouldyouhaveadefinedbenefitpensionWhyshouldyouhaveworkrulesonsetandHowcomeyougettotellemployershowmuchtheypayyouIsimplysayYoucanhaveittoo.AndIremindthemthatifunionratesgodownweallsinktogether.HeatherAllinWhengiventheopportunityhowdoyousuggestthatwepromoteourunionsRobertaReardonUnionsareactuallycommunitypartnersbutgoodnewsstoriesrarelymakeitintheheadlines.TheU.S.postalworkershostanationalfoodbankdriveeveryyearbutnoteveryoneknowsthis.ItisahugelysuccessfulprogramandgiventherisinglevelofpovertyintheUnitedStatesitsacriticalinitiative.Asunionworkersweshouldtalkaboutthegoodworkthatwedo.Weneedtohelppeopleunderstandthatwerenottryingtopreventanyonefromworking.Wewantthemtojoinusraisetheirstandardsandhelpsetagendasforeveryonetoaspireto.AunionizedworkforcespendsmoneyinitsLeadingWomenAninspiring2-in-a-roominterviewwithRobertaReardonCo-presidentofSAG-AFTRAbyHeatherAllinThen-AFTRANationalPresidentRobertaReardonatthepodiumduringtheunionslastNationalConventioninJuly2011.PhotoRowlandPhotography communityraisesthetaxbaseandimprovestheworkingconditionsforotherpeople.HeatherAllinManyperformersofbothgendersbutinparticularalotofyoungwomensaytomeItsreallyfantasticthatyouareourpresident.HowdoyounurturethenextgenerationofwomenactivistsRobertaReardonTheresagreatquotefromformerSecretaryofStateMadeleineAlbrightThereisaspecialplaceinhellforwomenwhodonthelpotherwomen.Inleadershiproleswomendofacechallengesinoursociety.Iknowwevecomealongwaybabybuttheresstillalotofimpedimentstodealwith.Ithinkmanywomenarestillcomfortabletakingthesecondaryroleorbeingthesupportperson.Itellthemnottobeafraidoftheirpower.Weareallattractedtopowerfulpeopleandwomenhavetheabilitytoenjoytheirpower.Butyouhavetobethoughtfulaboutit.Iencouragewomeninleadershippositionstoreachouttootherwomentomentorthem.Talktothemandhelpthemacknowledgethatitssomethingtheywanttodo.HeatherAllinLetstalkabouttheSAG-AFTRAmerger.WhywasittherightthingtodoRobertaReardonAsingleperformersunioncanbargainmoreeffectivelyadaptquicklytochanginglandscapesandaggressivelyorganizenewareasofwork.Wecanmergeourhealthandpensionplans.Muchoftheneedforustocreateoneunionwasdrivenbytechnology.ItusedtobethatSAGcoveredfilmandAFTRAcoveredvideoandliveperformance.Intheearlypartofthe2000swesawtraditionalfilmstockusagedecliningandoriginalcontentbeingmadeondigitalformatsforbasiccable.Until1999therewerenooriginaldramaticshowsoncablejustre-runsandsyndications.ButasthecableworldexpandedwestartedtoworkondramasforHBOShowtimeAEBravoTNTthesescreensallneededcontent.HeatherAllinHowisverticalintegrationchangingthelandscapeRobertaReardonIn1989therewere80-somemajorproducersinfilmandtelevisiontherearenowsix.Theyhaveboughteachotherup.YouhaveABCDisneyreportingtheeveningnewsairingthemorningradiodriveshowrecordingmusicandaudiobooksshootingthemusicvideosandthenightanddaytimedramasproducinginteractivegamesandtheatricalfilmsitsallbeingproducedbythesameemployer.SowhywouldyouwanttohavetwoseparateunionscoveringalltheseareasofjurisdictionPeoplebegantosayWowallthethingsyoutoldusaboutItshereitsallabouttechnology.IhavetakenpartinalotofnegotiationsandwhenIwalkinthoseroomsIliterallyseeallthesamefaces.ItdoesntmatterifitsbroadcastnewsforaflagshipstationinNewYorkorifitsnighttimetelevisionitisthesameperson.Powerandleveragewasthedrivingforceofourmergercampaign.Nowwhenwegotothetablewewillhaveaunifiedpresenceandwilltellouremployersthatourmembersarewithus.HeatherAllinDoyouhaveanylastwordsofadviceforourmembersRobertaReardonItsanexcitingtimetobeanactivistandIencouragepeopletotakepartinyourunioninameaningfulway.Torememberthatitsalongtermstrategy.Anditdoesntmeanyouhavetorunforpresidentorcouncilbutengageandpayattention.Aunionisonlyasstrongasitsmembers.Wecanhavewonderfulbrandingandbeautifulbuttonsbutifwedontconnectwithourunionweredead.Payattentiongetinvolvedtalktopeopleevenifitisonasetstayinformedandvotewithworkerawarenessinmind.HeatherAllinisanACTRANationalCouncillorandthePastPresidentofACTRAToronto.SheisbothaboardandfoundingmemberoftheCreativeArtsSavingsandCreditUnion.HeathersscreencreditsincludeSmallTownMurderSongsStoneColdWelcometoMooseportandFlashpoint.RobertaReardonistheCo-PresidentofSAG-AFTRA.From2003RobertawastheAFTRANewYorkLocalPresidentandAFTRANationalSecondVicePresidentthenservedthreetermsasNationalPresidentoftheAmericanFederationofTelevisionandRadioArtists.Since2009RobertahasservedasVicePresidentoftheAmericanFederationofLaborandCongressofIndustrialOrganizationsAFLCIOthelargestfederationofunionsintheUnitedStates.TheAFL-CIOismadeupofmorethan55nationalandinternationalunionsrepresentingmorethan12millionworkers.SAG-AFTRAsignedontotheAFL-CIOnationalcharterinAugust2012.ACTRAmagazineWinter201329LtoRSAG-AFTRANewYorkLocalPresidentHolterGrahamSAG-AFTRAmemberMarciaStrassmanthen-AFTRANationalPresidentRobertaReardonandSAG-AFTRAmemberMorganFairchildrallyinsupportofUNITEHEREworkersinJuly2011attheWestinSeattle.AFTRAsuspendeditsNationalConventiontojointheUNITEHEREhotelworkerswhowereinthemidstoftoughnegotiationswiththeiremployer.PhotoRowlandPhotographyTheymetforthefirsttimeatFIACongressbutRobertaReardonandHeatherAllintalkedasiftheyhadknowneachotherforalongtime.Theyarebothleaderswhosteppeduptoservetheirrespectiveunionsandarebothwomenwhohavemadeadifference.PhotoJeremyWebb ApplauseFromCoasttoCoastYourEffortsARENoticedACTRAMaritimesAwardsACTRAMaritimescelebratedtheirannualOutstandingPerformanceawardseventonDecember2inHalifaxattheirHolidayParty.DeborahAllentookhometheawardforherroleasBrendaMeserveintheStephenKingmadeforTVmovieBagofBonesandRhysBevan-JohnwasawardedforhisperformanceofWillinthefeaturefilmRoaming.ThejuryofindustryprofessionalsincludedfilmmakerandwriterChazThorneactorand2011ACTRAMaritimesawardwinnerMargueriteMcNeilfilmmakerandeducatorSylviaHamiltonandCBCradioproducerPeggyHemsworth.Thejuryscreenedarecordnumberofsubmissionsbeforeselectingthefournomineesineachcategory.ItwasabanneryearforMaritimefilmandtelevisionproductionsotheracewasatightonewithmanyfineperformances.ACTRAMaritimesPresidentSherrySmithwithawardwinnersRhysBevan-JohnDeborahAllenandACTRAMaritimesVPGeneviveSteele.PhotoChrisCuthbertson ACTRAAwardsinManitobaManitobaperformerscelebratedtheirownonSeptember152012atthefirstannualACTRAManitobaAwards.200membersfamilyandfriendswalkedtheredcarpettocelebrateManitobasbestandbrightestandwereentertainedbytheACTRAGalaGlitzDancersandSingers.KristenHarristookhometheOutstandingPerformancebyaFemaleArtistawardforherroleinPassionflowerandthewinnerofOutstandingPerformancebyaMaleArtistwenttoMikeBellforhisroleinLuckyChristmas.TheWayneNicklasAwardforOutstandingandOngoingContributiontoACTRAManitobawaspresentedtoRickSkeneManitobaspreeminentstuntcoordinator.ThisinauguralawardrecognizesveryspecialcontributionstoACTRAManitobaanditkeepsalivethememoryofoneofACTRAManitobasmostbelovedmembers.ACTRAManitobaPresidentTaliaPuracentrewithOutstandingPerformanceWinnersMikeBellandKristenHarris.PhotoJamesSmithSalutingPlaybacksHallofFameInducteesThePlaybackHallofFameredcarpetinductionceremonywasheldonSept.212012attheCBCsGlennGouldStudioinToronto.The2012inducteesarePiersHandlingGrahamGreeneColinLowReneMaloBobCulbertandJackieBurroughs.SarahPolleyreceivedtheDeluxeAwardforOutstandingAchievementandSarahGadonreceivedPlaybacksBreakoutAward.PlaybacksCanadianFilmandTelevisionHallofFamelaunchedin2007withthegoalofcelebratingCanadasamazingtalentandsharingthestoriesofourindustrysfounders.ACTRAhasbeenafoundingsponsor.ACTRAmagazineWinter201331 KennethWickesReceivesQueenElizabethIIDiamondJubileeMedalActorKennethWickeshasbeenawardedtheQueenElizabethIIDiamondJubileeMedalinrecognitionofhis50-plusyearsofservicetoCanadianperformers.HehasbeenhonouredforhistirelessworkonbehalfofCanadianperformersincludinghiscontributionstoAFBSCAEAtheActorsFundofCanadaandthePerformingArtsLodge.ThemedalwaspresentedtoKennethatRegentParkArtsandCulturalCentreonOctober162012.WealsoapplaudJustinBieberGregoryCharlesMarinaOrsiniandLenoreZannwhoareamongourmembersthatreceivedtheMedal.ApplauseKennethWickescontinuedTheUBCPACTRAAwardsUBCPACTRAsfirstannualawardsgalawasahugehitamongitscloseto400guests.Thestar-studdedredcarpeteventhonouredperformersfromacrosstheprovince.CamilleSullivanwontheBestActressAwardforherworkinSistersBrothersandtheBestActorAwardwenttoStephenLoboforhisstarturninMikeClattenburgsAfghanLuke.TheBestNewcomerAwardwenttoKaceyRohlforSistersBrothersandtheBestVoiceAwardwenttoAndreaLibmanforMyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic.TheBestStuntAwardwenttoPhilMitchellforTrueJustice-UrbanWarfare.TheJohnJulianiAwardofExcellencewaspresentedtostuntperformerandfightchoreographerMelissaStubbshonouringher25yearsofworkintheactiongenre.TheLorenaGaleWomanofDistinctionAwardwaspresentedtoCarolWhitemanforherworktopromotewomensequalityintheCanadianfilmindustry.AndreaLibmanCamilleSullivanPhilMitchellStephenLoboPhotosBenNelmes SarahGadonNamedWIFT-TsinternationalCrystalAwardWinnerSarahGadonreceivedthe2012CrystalAwardforInternationalAchievementfromWomeninFilmandTelevisionTorontoinrecognitionofherbodyofworkinCanadaandabroad.AlsonamedoneofPlaybacks10toWatchin2011andwinnerofPlaybacks2012BreakoutAwardSarahhasperformedinDavidCronenbergsADangerousMethodandCosmopolisMaryHarronsTheMothDiariesandWorldWithoutEndtheminiseriesbasedonKenFollettsnovelwhichairedonShowcaseandGlobal.InhersparetimethisyearSarahalsosatonACTRAsIndependentProductionAgreementNegotiatingCommitteeworkinglonghourstohelpsecureastrongnewagreementforACTRAperformers.ThanksSarahShirleyDouglastoReceiveACTRATorontos2013AwardofExcellenceOnFebruary23ShirleyDouglaswillbehonouredbyACTRATorontoforherinspiringworkasaperformerandforherunwaveringactivismandoutstandingservicetoACTRA.SheisanofficeroftheOrderofCanadareceivedWomeninFilmandTelevisionTorontosCrystalAwardin2009andwaspresentedwithACTRAsBernardCowanAwardin2011.In2010shewashonouredbyACTRAsNationalWomensCommitteeontheoccasionofInternationalWomensDay.ShirleybeganherstageandtelevisioncareerinEnglandandhasperformedintheU.K.CanadaandtheU.S.SheisknowntoCanadiansforplayingMayBaileyonthelong-runningtelevisionseriesWindatMyBackaroleforwhichshereceivedaGemininomination.ShewonaGeminiforShadowLakeandwasalsonominatedforPassageoftheHeart.ShirleyspearheadedtheprotectionofchildperformersthroughACTRAsagreementsandcontinuestobealeaderinACTRAsfightforCanadianculture.CelebratingTheBeachcombersWeapplaudanindustrymilestone2012markedthe40thanniversaryofTheBeachcombers.ThisinternationallylovedshowfirstairedontheCBCin1972.StarsincludedBrunoGerussiPatJohnRobertClothierJacksonDaviesRaeBrownandBobPark.JacksonDaviesVice-PresidentofACTRAUBCPandbelovedasRCMPConstableJohnConstablehaspublishedabookontheanniversaryBeachcombersat40.BeachcombersstarsRobertClothierasRelicJacksonDaviesasConstableConstableandBrunoGerussiasNickAdonidas.PhotocourtesyofCBCStillPhotoCollectionDavidGrayACTRAmagazineWinter201333SarahGadonacceptingherInternationalAchievementAward.PhotoEduardoPereiraShirleyDouglas ACTRANational416.489.13111.800.387.3516www.actra.caACTRAPerformersRightsSociety416.489.13111.800.387.3516www.actra.caprsUBCPACTRA604.689.0727www.ubcp.comACTRAAlberta403.228.31231.866.913.3123www.actraalberta.comACTRASaskatchewan306.757.0885www.actrasask.comACTRAManitoba204.339.9750www.actramanitoba.caACTRAToronto416.928.2278www.actratoronto.comACTRAOttawa613.565.2168www.actraottawa.caACTRAMontreal514.844.3318www.actramontreal.caACTRAMaritimes902.420.1404www.actramaritimes.caACTRANewfoundlandLabrador709.722.0430www.actranewfoundland.caConnectwithusCallusEmailusStayintouchwithYOURunion WinstonRekert1949-2012ThelasttimeIlovedbeingonstagewasinTheSeahorseatwo-handerwithWinstonRekert.Attheendoftherunwethrewourdressingroomchairsintotheoceansonooneelsewouldeversitonthemagain.HewasahugepartofmyearlyyearsintheatreandmyentirefamilylovedhimmyMomandDadbothsistersandmybrother.HewasintheinauguralseasonofPersephoneatheatrewestartedover40yearsago.Hisempathywashuge.Hecouldpegapersononsight.Hewasaneternalbratbutyouneverfeltlikegroundinghimandcouldntwaitforthenextawfulthinghewasgoingtodotoyouonoroffstage.HetaughtmetoloveJohnPrineWillieNelsonandJoeCocker.Hislaughwasun-forgettableanddamnwashehandsomeIamonlyoneofmanywhoadoredhimandalwayswill.HewillremainintheheartsofthosedearesttohimhiswifeLidijaherdaughterSarahissonDylanandfiancMerylhissonCarsonandtheirmotherPat.JanetWrightACTRAmagazineWinter201335 PUBLICATIONSMAILAGREEMENT40069134ACTRAPerformersRightsSocietyPublishesFirstAnnualReportYourunderstandingandawarenessofeverythingthatACTRAPRSdoesforyouiscritical.e2011-2012annualreportprovidesacompletenancialoverviewaswellasournotableachievements.ACTRAsPRSannualreportisavailableasaneasy-to-readipbookatactra.ca.Checkitout.AndPsssssssssssssssssssssstWanttogetyourmoneyfasterSignupforDirectDeposittogetyourpayments.EmailJudyLandatjlandactra.caorgotowww.actra.caprstolearnhow.Getyourmoneyfasterandgreenerwithpaperlessreports.ClickheretotheACTRAPRSAnnualReportClickheretosignupforDirectDeposit