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Netflix signs agreement with cinema workers union of Calgary

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Streaming giant Netflix has signed a three-year agreement with the Canadian Union of Calgary cinema, IATSE 212.

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A three-year agreement has been signed between Local 212 of the International Alliance of Stage, Theater and Motion Picture Employees (IATSE) and the American giant of streaming, Netflix. A first in Canada.

We're really excited about the new deal with Netflix, says Damian Petti, president of IATSE Local 212, which represents more than 1,600 entertainment workers in southern Alberta.

It's a generous contract, maintains Damian Petti. The achievements of the agreement concern in particular compensation for worker travel, protections against long working days as well as penalties if meal breaks are not respected.

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Damian Petti, President of IATSE Local 212 is delighted to the agreement that was signed with Netflix, the American streaming giant. (File photo)

According to him, this agreement is the direction the film industry must take. He hopes that this contract will open the door to other agreements of the same type.

The president of IATSE Local 212 explains that Netflix has a habit of building hubs, or production zones where the American giant invests in film sets and in labor agreements like this one. . It looks like Calgary is in a good position to have its pole. There are a few around the world, in Korea and the United States, he notes.

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We're kind of the perfect place for them.

A quote from Damian Petti, President of IATSE Local 212

Alberta also offers financial incentives to attract big-budget productions. An important aspect, notes Tanya Fir, Alberta Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women.

In this regard, the government tabled a bill on Tuesday which proposes modifications to the tax credit program for film and television production in the province. The goal is to give more flexibility to Alberta-based productions, which would attract more big-budget production, according to Tanya Fir.

The bill also provides additional incentives for companies whose three-quarters of film production will be done in rural or remote areas. We want to encourage film crews and big-budget studios to come throughout the province, notes the minister.

The agreement signed between Netflix and the union will give the American giant more stability to invest more in Alberta, according to Damian Petti. They will be able to prepare budgets for the next three years, there will be no surprises for them.

This sends a strong signal and suggests that Netflix is ​​looking to bring more productions to Alberta.

A quote from Tanya Fir, Alberta Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women

Tanya Fir points out that the arrival of more big-budget production in Alberta has repercussions that go beyond the film industry. They notably promote tourism in the province. The more people see Alberta on screen, the more they want to come here, she notes.

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