Media Advisory: Terms of Trade Cut Short in Canada While U.K. Model Works

June 8, 2015


The CRTC has announced that as of April 2016, it will no longer enforce Terms of Trade agreements between the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the private Canadian broadcast groups. The CMPA argues these terms, first introduced in Canada in 2011, are necessary to ensure a balance of negotiating power between broadcasters and producers.

And now a new report by creative industries strategist Jonathan Olsberg credits ten years of enforced Terms of Trade with helping foster a golden age of television in the U.K.  Australia is also following the U.K. lead. A full copy of the report can be found here.

So why has the CRTC backed away from this important tool for the creative community after only four years? Can a level playing field exist if Terms of Trade are not enforced? Does the CRTC have a continuing role to play?

Moderator Reynolds Mastin, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal officer CMPA squares off with John Barrack, Partner and Strategic Counsel Legal Don Carmody Television (DCTV), Jonathan Olsberg SPI Chairman, Olsberg-SPI, and Matthew Deaner, CEO Screen Producers Australia.

Banff World Media Festival
Banff Springs Hotel
Monday, June 8th, 2015
10:00-11:00 Alberta Room

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