Canuck producers name B.C. labor negotiator

Veteran indie producer Gigi Boyd replaces Tracey Wood

TORONTO -- Canadian indie producers have hired veteran indie producer Gigi Boyd to joust with British Columbia unions and guilds across the bargaining table in the western-most province.

As vp of industrial relations for the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), Boyd replaces Tracey Wood, who earlier this year became the vp of Canadian affiliates for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, handling local labor relations and government lobbying for the major studios.

As chief B.C. negotiator for the CMPA, representing major Canadian indie producers, Boyd will negotiate agreements with west coast unions and guilds like the Union of British Columbia Performers, the Directors Guild of Canada's B.C. district council, and the BC Council of Film Unions.

Besides hammering out labor agreements, Boyd will also referee disputes on local film and TV productions, and lobby the British Columbia government for sweetened tax credits and other industry breaks.

Boyd's most recent production and production manager credits include "Exes and Ohs," "The Guard," "Elijah" and "Cold Squad."

Before becoming a producer, Boyd was the western Canadian director of the TV unit at Telefilm Canada, the federal government's film financier.