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Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 2:43 am

It seems like the big heads of Holywood doesn't like concurence from the north.

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Hollywood threatens to boycott Canada
JEANNETTE KELLY - The Arts Report - CBC Radio

MONTREAL - The Montreal film industry is reeling after reports that Hollywood is threatening to boycott Canada this year.

Hollywood producers are concerned that negotiations between ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association could end in an actors' strike. U.S. actors' came close to striking last year, which could have crippled the production industry.

According to Montreal's film commissioner, two major studios are refusing to shoot in Canada until they are sure they can finish before the end of the year.

That's when a contract between Canadian actors and Canadian and U.S. film producers expires.

Andre Lafond is Montreal's film commissioner. He was in Hollywood last week to organize fall film production for the city.

Lafond wanted to make sure shooting went ahead on ten films that had been delayed because of the threat of the actors' strike in the U.S. Instead he says he was grilled about labour relations in Canada.

Lafond says studios like Warner Bros and Paramount are so afraid of an actors strike here they're halting productions destined for Canada.

"It's quite clear. No shows will be sent to Canada if they are not fully guaranteed to complete the shooting before December 31or January 16," Lafond says.

The Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists says Hollywood's stand is equivalent to a lockout.

Stephen Waddell is national executive director of ACTRA.

"Well, effectively, if they're saying they're not bringing any productions which will shoot past Dec. 31st, then they are effectively striking or blocking out Canadian performers from the projects which would otherwise come here," Waddell says.

Waddell says the reaction is premature. Negotiations between ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association are scheduled to begin in October.

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RE: Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 2:55 am

Hollywood is ran by a bunch of pricks. This maybe good for Canada anyway. Hollywood has been polluting Canada with too much trash.
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RE: Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 3:14 am

"Hollywood threatens to boycott Canada"

Sounds like the plot to some Chevy Chase movie  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 3:53 am

Is that the biggest threat they can make? Is it really a threat at all?

I was just looking through the listings this weekend, but couldn't find a single movie worth paying $6.50+ to go see. Maybe if they made better movies they'd be taken more seriously.  Smile



 
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RE: Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 4:04 am

>two major studios are refusing to shoot in Canada until they are sure they can finish before the end of the year.

This isn't being a prick, nor anti-Canada. It is good business practice. Why the hell would they want to start filming there if they might not be able to finish?
 
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RE: Hollywood Threatens To Boycott Canada

Wed Aug 08, 2001 4:21 am

Oh Canada it's not as bad as it looks...think of it as an opportunity. I wish "hollywood" would boycott the USA while they're at it. They probably put out, at most, a dozen films worth watching in the last 30 years.

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