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Free family Christmas performances at RDC this week!

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  • The fine arts-focussed students at St. Martin de Porres are astounding.  

    From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

    Kindergarten to Grade 5 students from St. Martin de Porres School are pleased to put on a Christmas production titled Straight Outta Bethlehem on Red Deer College’s MainStage (100 College Boulevard)

    The performance tells the story of Christmas through a loveable group of characters.

    “This performance is special because it celebrates the gifts and talents of our students during this very important Christmas season.  This production showcases the fine arts program at our school and students are really excited about this opportunity to perform on a large stage,” said Kristie McCullough, Assistant Principal at St. Martin de Porres School.

    Performances are set for Wednesday, December 19 from 1:30 to 2:25 pm and 6:30 – 7:45 pm at Red Deer College MainStage.  The public is welcome to attend free of charge but note the evening performance has limited seats available, so please contact the school for tickets.

    For more information, contact:

    Kristie McCullough, Assistant Principal St. Martin de Porres School

    403-347-5650

    Kristie.mccullough@rdcrs.ca

     

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    Getting to know… AMPIA

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  • What is AMPIA?

    Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)is a vibrant non-profit, member-driven association that leads, builds and promotes Alberta’s screen-based production industry.

    When/how/why was it formed?

    AMPIA was the first film and television Industry Association in English-speaking Canada. It was formed in 1973 by a small but energetic group of industry professionals in order to represent their common interests and to advocate for and promote the Alberta Film & Television Industries. The primary method of promoting the achievements of the Industry is through the Alberta Film and Television Awards, which just celebrated their 45th Anniversary, making them the longest-running film and TV Awards show in English Canada.

    How does it support Media production in the province?

    The mandate of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is to promote and support the growth of screen-based production within Alberta. This is accomplished by providing services in Communications, Professional Development, Marketing, Membership Benefits and Advocacy to all levels of Government and regulatory bodies such as the CRTC.

    How many members are there in the association?

    AMPIA has approximately 200 individual members as well as member companies, representing over 2,000 industry professionals — a cross-section that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, digital and web-based content creators and students engaged in film and media studies.

    How large is Alberta’s Media Production Industry?

    Volume of production in Alberta in 2017-18 was $308 Million, making it the fourth largest in Canada after BC, Ontario and Quebec.

    How has the industry changed in the past 10 years?

    The major change in the Industry is the rise of OTTs (Over the Top) distribution platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These platforms operate in the Canadian market and yet make no contribution to Canadian content through the Canada Media Fund. Nor do they make any contribution to the Canadian economy, as they don’t pay taxes in Canada. As the traditional Broadcasters face increasing competition for advertising revenue, the amount of funding available for Canadian producers is shrinking rapidly.

    What is your greatest opportunity to make a positive impact and what does that look like?

    Alberta’s production was just over $300 Million and supported approximately 5,500 jobs in 2017-18, whereas next door in BC their volume of production was $3.8 Billion, with over 75,000 people working in production and post-production. Our greatest opportunity would be to level the playing field between Alberta and other jurisdictions in North America, which will lead to growth in jobs and economic impact in our Province.

    What is the greatest threat to the industry in Alberta?

    The lack of a competitive incentive. Most jurisdictions in North America use a tax rebate system, as opposed to the grant system used in Alberta. The grant system is beneficial in that it is faster and easier to administer than a tax rebate; however, the problem is the Fund is capped at $7.5M per project, making large-scale productions unfeasible. A tax rebate system has no cap.

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    Commons committee calls for strict rules on streaming services, online piracy

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  • OTTAWA — An all-party committee of MPs is recommending the government set stricter rules for Canadian content on foreign streaming services and a crackdown on internet piracy.

    The House of Commons heritage committee’s final report on its review of the federal Copyright Act asks the federal government to make foreign-based streaming services such as those run by Netflix, Amazon and Apple contribute to the creation of Canadian content.

    The report says while those platforms have simplified the way that Canadians consume film and television, the shift to digital has meant a decline in payments to domestic artists.

    There are no policies requiring digital streaming services based outside the country to help fund the production of content in this country, the committee noted.

    The effect has been an erosion of artists’ ability to earn middle-class livings thanks to a system that has “diverted wealth from creators to large digital intermediaries,” the committee said.

    The committee also asks the government to crack down harder on people sharing content illegally, noting that witnesses asked the government to increase punishments and fines.

    The committee also recommends the federal government look at crafting new rules and laws so that internet service providers can be held accountable for the illegal distribution of copyrighted material on their networks.

    However, the NDP’s heritage critic was critical of some inconsistencies in the majority report. Montreal-area MP Pierre Nantel wrote that the committee’s report addresses several concerns from cultural industries, but also objects that it suggests tighter regulations for music services like Spotify and YouTube Music than for video streaming services like Netflix or YouTube.

    The committee’s report is the latest in a series that have called on the government to make legislative changes to copyright and Canadian content rules.

    One year ago, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recommended the Liberals regulate any online video or music service and have them pay to create and promote more domestic content.

    The Canadian Press

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