Fall 2017 | Number 3
 QEPC Sends Open Letter to Parliament

QEPC wishes to thank our members for signing our open letter to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage. It was signed by 274 members of the industry and raised our concerns before Mme. Joly’s announcement. The letter was widely reported in the press, and we sent it to every member of Parliament.

Read our open letter and the final list of signatories at qepc.ca. 
What does the Netflix deal mean?
The Netflix deal continues to generate criticism.

Part of the problem is the Government can't say with certainty that Netflix's offer of $100m/yr is more than Netflix is already spending in Canada. Netflix claimed to be spending hundreds of millions in 2016.

And what did the Government give up for this apparent reduction in Netflix spending? The deal is confidential, so we don’t know, but the tax advantages Netflix has established are extremely valuable and, we think, unprecedented. As Quebecor competitor Pierre Karl Peladeau has said, Canadians are subsidizing his foreign competitor since he has to pay taxes and a 5% production levy.

Aside from the issues raised in the editorial and op ed pages of the newspapers, we fear the precedent Minister Joly has created. Will other OTTs like Google, Amazon, and Facebook expect their own “Netflix Deal” in exchange for little or no regulation or taxation? And no guarantee of any six point productions, no guarantee of French productions, no CRTC licence… and no Canadian sovereignty?

Coalition for Culture and Media continues the fight  

In addition to the QEPC’s Open Letter to Parliament, your Council joined the original 39 groups launching the Coalition for Culture and Media, and signed its “Declaration for the sustainability and the vitality of national culture and media in the digital era”, on September 14th. 

The QEPC joined this effort to insure that our voice was not only heard through our own herculean efforts, but also within other industry groups such as this Coalition. QEPC Co-Chair Anna Scollan represented both ACTRA and QEPC at the launch of the Coalition, and is fifth from left in front row of launch photo.

The Coalition continues its work insuring continuity, fairness and support for Canadian culture. The number of Declaration supporters keeps growing, and now exceeds 4,000. Groups and individuals can still read and endorse the Declaration here: www.standingforculture.info  


What do you think about the future of Canadian programming?

Next? QEPC will be raising these, and other issues, with the CRTC on the future of programming. What do you think about the future of programming?See - Future of Canadian Programming

Join the QEPC Board!!

Join our board, and help guide us during this challenging period when the industry is changing and so much is at stake. If you are interested in the future of our industry, want to see it grow, and would like to learn more about what is involved in being a board member, please contact us at qepc@bell.ca.Our next Annual General Meeting is January 17, 2018. Mark that date in you calendar.

Check it out! 

Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films

WGN America has set January 23, 2018 as the premiere date for Bellevue which it recently acquired from Muse Distribution International. The eight-episode, one-hour dramatic crime series was completely filmed in Quebec and produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. It features True Blood‘s Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, Fargo‘s Doyle as Police Chief Peter Welland and Downton Abbey‘s Leech as Eddie Roe, Ryder’s ex.

The series is set against the backdrop of a small town with big secrets. Twenty years after the murder of a young woman traumatized the community of Bellevue, the killer is back. Or is he (or she)? When a high school hockey star, who is wrestling with his gender identity, goes missing and signs point to foul play, Paquin’s Detective Annie Ryder must unravel all the pieces to the mystery before her own life falls apart.


Cineflix Media Inc.

Cineflix Media Inc. and Montreal-based factual producer Ideacom International announced a new partnership that brings together Ideacom’s expertise and track record in Canada-France co-productions with Cineflix’s production, financing, and distribution resources. Cineflix and Ideacom will focus on the development and production of high quality, blue-chip documentaries, partnering with networks in France, Canada, the US, Europe, and international markets.

The new venture was negotiated by Andre Barro, Cineflix Media’s Executive Producer, Co-Productions, and is the company’s latest move to grow its international co-production business. Barro recently set up with leading UK indie Talesmith on  Rediscovering T.rex , a ground-breaking co-production documentary for the BBC, CBC, France Télévisions, and Canal D.

Led by highly respected producer Josette D. Normandeau, Ideacom’s credits include high-rating series such as:  Aliens of the Deep  (CBC, Canal D, and France 3),  Voyage of the Continents  (Discovery, Radio- Canada, and ARTE), and  Apocalypse World War I (France 2, TV5 Québec Canada, National Geographic, and Discovery).

 Cineflix Media Inc., with the support of Quebecor Fund and SODEC (SODEXPORT), announced Cineflix's International Development Initiative for Quebec Content; an initiative to foster the adaptation of French-language television scripted series and formats created by Quebec producers for the English-speaking global market.

Cineflix's International Development Initiative for Quebec Content  is jointly funded by Cineflix, SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec) through the SODEXPORT program, and Quebecor Fund’s Export Assistance Program. In the first phase, $750,000 in funding is being made available to invest in a number of projects over the next two years. Available to all Quebec producers, the initiative is dedicated to leveraging the success of existing French-language TV series by providing resources and funding to accelerate the development, production, and export of English-language versions for the international market.

Cineflix's International Development Initiative for Quebec Content  will focus primarily on the adaptation and development of scripted series, but will also consider factual content. Interested parties should contact the fund’s Director, Pablo Salzman (psalzman@cineflix.com ), to learn more about the mandate. 

Rezolution Pictures "Mohawk Girls"

Rezolution Pictures announced that the fifth and final Season of the APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) hit dramedy series Mohawk Girls will premiere on APTN November 14 at 8:30 pm.

The series was nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards for the last two years running, including Best Comedy Series, Best Direction in a Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Series, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series. And this year, actress Brittany LeBorgne was nominated in the Fan’s Choice category.

The series continues to receive critical acclaim as well as interest from media across Canada, in both official languages. Comments from media critics include:

“gutsy…hilarious and consequential.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail 

“I can’t stop watching it” – Tom Power, q CBC Radio 

“Mohawk Girls knocks Sex and the City out of the park (and Girls too, for that matter,… (it) tackles racism, identity, and issues of social justice head-on, is sex-positive, and also happens to be hilarious.”

– Victoria Lessard, The McGill Daily

  The dynamic cast of four leading women includes returning cast members Jenny Pudavick (Bailey), Brittany LeBorgne (Zoe), Heather White (Caitlin), and Maika Harper (Anna). Meegwun Fairbrother (Butterhead), Shawn Youngchief (Ohserase), Dwain Murphy (Leon) reprise their roles as the men they love. Also returning, Tantoo Cardinal as Zoe’s mom, Glen Gould as Bailey's father, Jeffrey Wetsch as James and Jimmy Blais as Watio.

Mohawk Girls  is created and executive produced by Tracey Deer and Cynthia Knight; Tracey Deer directs the episodes and Cynthia Knight is the head writer. The series is produced by Rezolution Pictures’ Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon and Linda Ludwick, and executive produced by Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick and Ernest Webb .   Innovate By Day  is the Digital Media Producer. Monika Ille is the Executive Director, Programming and Scheduling for APTN.

TORONTO (October 23, 2017)  – On the heels of its award-winning festival circuit run and North American theatrical release, the critically acclaimed Canadian documentary  RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD  has its world television premiere on Sunday, November 5 at 8:15 pm. ET on HBO Canada. 

The film, which won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival , was a double award winner at the  2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival taking top honours for Best Canadian Documentary as well as the Audience Award.


Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but one of the most influential music pieces of all time is  “Rumble” , the 1958 rock power chord by Shawnee rock guitarist and singer/songwriter  Link Wray . Wray, who’s heavily featured in the film, was recently  nominated for induction  into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The first song to use distortion and feedback, it was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from radio for fear it would incite violence.

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States and abroad. As the film reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native and African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers’ voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans like Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton , jazz singer  Mildred Bailey , guitar wizard  Jimi Hendrix , folk heroine  Buffy Sainte-Marie  Robbie Robertson , Jesse Ed Davis, The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, and Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne), helped define its evolution and made their distinctive mark on music history.

The documentary utilizes concert footage, archival images, playful recreations, and interviews to tell the powerful story of how Indigenous music was part of the fabric of American popular music from the beginning, and how those contributions were left out of the picture. It also features interviews with musicians, artists, historians, and family members including Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Slash, Steven Tyler, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Steven Van Zandt, and Buddy Guy.

The film is directed by Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, who also serves as director of photography. Producers are Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, and Lisa M. Roth. Executive producers are Stevie Salas (Apache) and Tim Johnson (Mohawk). Executive producers at Rezolution Pictures are Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Rofekamp, and Ernest Webb (Cree). 

Following its premiere, the documentary is available on  TMN GO  and HBO Canada OnDemand. Following its broadcast run, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD streams on  CraveTV  joining a robust lineup of music documentaries and specials that includes  PRINCE: SIGN O’ THE TIMES WHITNEY: “CAN I BE ME”  MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR , Spike Lee’s  MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL , and  KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK .











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