A longtime Canada-H'wood link


Douglas Frith, until last year Hollywood's top lobbyist in Canada, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack in Ottawa. He was 64.

Frith was president of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Assn., an ally of the MPAA, from 1996-February 2008. He left the CMPDA after helping to secure a new law in Canada that banned the camcording of movies in cinemas and helping to encourage a round of tax-credit hikes for American producers that shoot here.

The anti-camcording measure was part of a long-standing campaign by the CMPDA to introduce stronger copyright legislation in Canada to combat film piracy.

Frith served in Canadian politics and during the late 1980s was minister of Indian affairs and northern development. He also worked at Hill and Knowlton Canada as executive vp and chairman before joining the CMPDA.

In April, Frith joined Ottawa-based lobbying firm Global Public Affairs as vice chairman. (partialdiff)