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PRESS RELEASE: Newly Formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Begins Work

June 19, 2017, Edmonton, AB.

Today, the newly formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Society (ESIO) appeared in front of City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee to formalize their grant agreement of $530,000 for two years and to update councillors on their progress.

“I’m pleased to say that the ESIO is up and running and ready to begin its work to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence. We are delighted by the confidence shown in us by our municipality and will work diligently to steward an organization committed to nurturing an integrated screen industry right here in our city, ” said ESIO Chair Carman McNary.

Screen industries includes the full range of screen-based entertainment, education and training – from mobile, television, Internet streaming and theatrical release inclusive of live action, animation and interactive video games. The ESIO will work closely with screen industry professionals to:

  •  Explore innovations and the future of the industries on multiple platforms, so that Edmonton can be at the forefront of new directions in the sector.
  • Facilitate local content production across a variety of platforms.
  • Seek out markets and distribution avenues for locally produced content.
  • Attract projects that the Edmonton talent pool can support.

The ESIO Board of Directors, selected with input from the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group, which recommended its formation, is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds with exceptional governance experience (see biographies).

“We are grateful to the transitional Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group for their leadership over the last couple of years and are committed to working alongside specialists in the sector to nurture a vibrant industry ecosystem that will bring new opportunities and investment, job creation and economic growth to Edmonton,” said McNary.

The first task for the ESIO board will be to hire a CEO, establish an advisory committee structure and develop a strategic plan to lead on issues, opportunities, innovations and investment attraction.

“This is an exciting sector undergoing considerable convergence, disruption and innovation. In addition to fostering economic growth in this specialized arena, we believe our role is to spearhead the effective and accountable use of the City’s investment and keep City Council apprised of our progress. This is important work, and we are honoured to be playing our part in doing it well,” concluded McNary.

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All inquiries about the ESIO should be directed to the Chair:
Carman R. McNary, Q.C.
1 780 423 7236
carman.mcnary@dentons.com

Edmonton Screen Industries Office Moves Forward

On July 6, 2016, City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council presented to Executive Committee the report – Preferred Model to Replace the Film Commission.  Executive Committee heard from a number of stakeholders who supported the direction for the establishment of an Edmonton Screen Industries Office.  With this support of the stakeholders, Executive Committee voted to support the establishment of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office and directed Administration to return in the Fall with a three year business plan for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, Board of Directors and Advisory Council and a report on the legacy funding for the Film Commissioner from the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and a service package to implement the three year business plan for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, Board of Directors and Advisory Council (see attached motion). Executive Council Resolution

 

The City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council will over the course of the next few weeks form a Recruitment Committee to develop the selection criteria and establish a recruitment process to appoint a Board of Directors for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office.  Details to follow soon and this process will be available on the Edmonton Screen Industries website.  The appointment of the Advisory Council will be managed by the Board of Directors and will follow a similar process of consultation used for the appointment of the Board of Directors

 

City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council will continue to engage, involve and inform stakeholders of recruitment of the Board of Directors and the development of the Business Plan/funding proposal.

 

In the report to Executive Committee, there was a brief summary of the findings of the Screen Industries Survey. (Screen Industries Survey FINAL Report (May 11, 2016))

City of Edmonton Screen Industries Consultation Sessions

For the past year, the Office of the Edmonton Film Commissioner has been vacant. Understanding the importance of a strong film, television and digital screen industry, the Edmonton City Council Executive Council directed the City Administration to do the following:

Work with the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and Industry Stakeholders and return to Executive Committee with a recommended Terms of Reference, scope and clearly defined partners, membership and funding strategy for a preferred model to replace the film commission.

Input from industry stakeholders is the critical part of this process. Four (4) consultation sessions have been set up to:

  • Inform stakeholders of the process to date
  • Discuss significant changes in the industry
  • Seek input on how to best increase screen production in the Edmonton area
  • Determine what new role the Film Commission should have
  • Provide additional feedback

All the sessions listed below will follow the same format and subjects, so individuals need only sign up for one session.

Date Time Venue Address
Tuesday March 8 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW
Thursday March 10 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm NAIT – Rm X107 11762 106 Street
Saturday March 12 10:00 am – 12:00 pm FAVA 9722 102 St NW
Wednesday March 16 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW

To RSVP for a session please email:
projectcoordinator@edmontonscreenindustries.com

For more information or questions please visit edmontonscreenindustries.com or contact:
George Matteotti | Senior Policy Advisor
Department Business Operations & Strategies | Economic and
Environmental Sustainability | Sustainable Development
8th Floor – 10250 101 Street NW | Edmonton AB | T5J 3P4
t 780-442-0812| e george.matteotti@edmonton.ca