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ACTRA Secures New Independent Production Deal

December 1, 2012

Montreal – Canadian performers today announced they have reached tentative terms for renewal of their Independent Production Agreement (IPA). Upon ratification of the tentative agreement performers will receive a rate increase of 6% over the three year term of the agreement.

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) commenced negotiations on October 30, 2012. The 2013-2015 IPA provides a number of improvements in working conditions, including strong protections against violence and harassment on set, enhanced equal opportunity provisions and major gains for voice and stunt performers.

“The current IPA is one of the best agreements in the world and these terms address many issues performers are facing in this rapidly-evolving industry,” said Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director of ACTRA. “At a time when many working people are facing wage roll-backs, our members will see a pay increase and better protection in the workplace.”

“I am so pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that reflects our members’ priorities and provides stability to the industry,” said ACTRA President Ferne Downey. “Our film and television industry contributes so immensely to our economy, and now we can focus our energies on continuing to encourage investment and development in this vital sector.”

The IPA covers the engagement of performers in all film, television and new media production in Canada, except for British Columbia in which province ACTRA’s local, ACTRA/UBCP negotiates a separate collective agreement. The current IPA is set to expire on December 31, 2012. Over the next month, ACTRA members will vote on the terms of the agreement by means of a mailed referendum ballot process. If the tentative settlement is ratified, the new Agreement will take effect on January 1, 2013.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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Media contact: Carol Taverner: ACTRA, Tel: 416.644.1516,





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