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Canadian Cinematographer

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Canadian Cinematographer is published by the CSC and is an embodiment of the Society’s philosophy to foster and promote the art of cinematography.  The magazine does so by championing the successes and initiatives of the CSC membership through the production of informative articles that are pertinent to cinematographers and to the film community at large.

Joan Hutton csc, EIC
November 5, 2019

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From the Editor – March 2021 Issue

It’s been a long while since the Canadian Broadcasting Act has undergone any changes. Before parliament now is the government’s Bill C-10, which is tasked with modernizing the Act, the first such undertaking in 30 years. It’s a critical and complicated document containing dozens of amendments that will have far-reaching implications for our film and television industry. The most striking of which is the granting of more oversight power to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to bring big international streamers like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime under its regulatory tent. Canadian producers and broadcasters are applauding this as a maneuver that will level the playing field with online streamers. It’s no secret that broadcasters have been losing a steady stream of viewers over the years as eyeballs marched over to streamers. Besides having their bottom line squeezed, broadcasters have often lamented being hamstrung by Canadian content rules, including monetary contributions to the Canadian Media Fund, which helps bankroll Canadian productions, while international streamers are exempt from these regulations. I think supporting Canadian content is basically a good thing. So does the federal government, which estimates that online streamers could be paying as much as $830 million annually toward CanCon by 2023.

However, according to some critics, this may not be the wisest of choice and less regulation would make more sense. Too much government intervention could act as a disincentive for new streamers to open up shop in Canada, while existing ones might limit their participation in our market. This would not be good for Canadian consumers and our industry. A case in point is Netflix. Since 2017, the streamer has spent $2.5 billion in Canada producing movies and series, which is definitely not a trifling sum for our production industry and is also a testament to our topnotch crews, facilities and production culture. Plus, Netflix has announced that it will be opening an executive production office to deal directly with Canadian creators. I would tread cautiously before upsetting this particular applecart. Bill C-10 still has a few more hurdles to jump before it is passed into law. Then it’s up to the CRTC how to apply the CBA’s regulatory amendments. Hopefully, the commission will select a path that promotes less is more.

Joan Hutton csc

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