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Australian & Canadian producers forge closer ties

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week which establishes a framework of cooperation and is intended to enhance co-production opportunities between Canadian and Australian independent producers.

“Excellent content knows no borders, especially in the digital economy. It just has to resonate with consumers,” says Michael Hennessy, President and CEO, CMPA. “The co-production model is the path to supporting quality productions as the industry at large focuses on audiences around the globe.”

Both Association Presidents complimented their respective governments for encouraging economic and cultural exchanges between Australia and Canada.

“There is a natural linguistic, cultural, production and regulatory affinity between our two countries,” says Matthew Deaner, Executive Director of SPAA. “Combine that with two strong storytelling traditions, and you have a winning formula for on-screen content that will engage internationally.”

The CMPA is a national non-profit organization that represents the interests of more than 350 leading screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media content in all regions of Canada.

SPAA represents Australian independent screen content producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production.