John Barrack Is Out as Top Labor Negotiator for Canadian Producers

Canada's producers association said the long-time COO had left "to pursue other opportunities."

TORONTO – Canadian industry veteran John Barrack has left his post as COO and top labor negotiator for Canadian indie producers.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Media Production Association on Wednesday said Barrack had left the organization “to pursue other opportunities.”

His sudden departure follows Norm Bolen unveiling plans to step down as president and CEO of the CMPA after the upcoming Banff World Media Festival in June, leaving the indie producers to now fill two top executive posts.

Barrack joined the then Canadian Film and Television Production Association in 1999 and was lead negotiator for North American producers during the 2007 Canadian actors strike.

The Canadian producers association, now rebranded as the CMPA, has started another bargaining round with Canadian unions and guilds, to include upcoming contract talks with ACTRA, representing around 21,000 performers.

Those labor talks are being watched closely in Hollywood as the Canadian production sector remains largely sustained by U.S. film and TV production.