December 19, 2018
With four months still remaining in the fiscal year, Manitoba’s media production volume has reached an unprecedented $210 million, topping last year’s record $173 million. Combined wages for IATSE 856 and 669 totalled $23 million for local members as of April 1, 2018. Both of these unions also report that they have welcomed a combined 59 new local members and 264 new local permittees. The Director’s Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council reported that over $10 million in wages was paid to 385 separate DGC members and Canadian permittees on Manitoba shoots since April 1, 2018. Productions are also casting a record number of local actors on both local projects and offshore co-productions. For more information, see the MFM media release, Playback, Global News and PortageOnlinearticles.