Canadian scribes, producers extend deal

Collective agreement will run through end of 2009

TORONTO -- Canadian screenwriters and indie producers have extended their collective agreement for another year through the end of 2009, both sides reported Monday.

The Writers Guild of Canada members ratified the extension of a deal to Dec. 31, 2009 with the Canadian Film and Television Producers Assn. and Quebec producers aligned with the Association de producteurs de films et de television du Quebec.

The agreement includes an increase in the minimum script fee that will kick in Jan. 1.

The Canadian producers and writers decided to defer their own contract talks until the dust settles around a number of key industry issues. These include upcoming CRTC hearings into new media, license renewals for major domestic broadcasters and terms of trade negotiations between the CFTPA and domestic broadcasters that are set to start this week.