Unions & Guilds

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Eleanor Noble elected as ACTRA National president

Noble takes over from David Sparrow, who has stepped down as ACTRA National president after two terms in the role.

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CMPA general counsel Warren Ross to depart

With Ross’ departure, Sean Porter has been promoted to the role of lead negotiator and senior director of national industrial relations and counsel.

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WGC president Dennis Heaton resigns

Heaton’s decision to step down has prompted a shuffle, with Alex Levine appointed as president and Marsha Greene as VP.

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Ontario union targets on-set jargon to combat systemic racism

NABET 700-M UNIFOR has published a bulletin of discriminatory terms that should no longer be used on sets, with industry groups such as the CMPA, DGC and BIPOC TV & Film already committing support.

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DGC doubles down on diversity with new leadership

Japanese Canadian director Warren P. Sonoda and Mohawk director Tracey Deer have been appointed as DGC National president and 1st VP, respectively.

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ACTRA members ratify new CBC agreements

The one-year extension includes a 1.5% increase to minimum fees for Canadian performers.

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Annie Bradley elected as first female chair for DGC Ontario

In addition to other executive board appointments, 2020 was shaping up to be another exceptional year pre-pandemic, according to details in AGM documents.

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WGC reverses course on story coordinator debate

The guild says it will approach the CMPA about changing the definition of story coordinator in its existing IPA weeks after a petition from BIPOC TV & Film was launched.

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WGC, BIPOC TV & Film disagree over story coordinator role

Both organizations released statements on the issue, which was first sparked by a petition launched by BIPOC TV & Film for story coordinators to receive guild status.

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WGC responds to petition to give story coordinators guild status

BIPOC TV & Film launched the petition to call for a “standard livable minimum rate” for the role, saying it has moved beyond an entry-level position for junior writers.

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DGC petitions federal government to extend CERB for film, TV workers

The petition proposes an eight-week extension for freelancers faced with a slow restart to production and has already garnered more than 5,000 signatures.

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WGC re-elects Dennis Heaton for second term

The 2020-22 term sees a long-standing member step down and a new addition to council, with Heaton leading the WGC through “a period of unprecedented change.”