Reynolds Mastin New Top Labor Negotiator for Canadian Producers

The promotion follows John Barrack earlier this month leaving his post as top bargainer for the Canadian Media Production Association.

TORONTO – Canadian indie producers have a new top labor negotiator headed into a heavy bargaining season.

Reynolds Mastin has been promoted from counsel for the Canadian Media Production Association to chief negotiator and chief legal officer.

The new post follows John Barrack earlier in May leaving his post as COO of the CMPA, and its top labor negotiator.

Reynolds takes charge of the producers’ negotiations as it continues new contract talks with the Writers Guild of Canada, and gets set to hold separate negotiations with ACTRA, Canada’s actors union, in the coming months.

Dates for the ACTRA talks will be announced shortly.

Mastin’s promotion also comes before Norm Bolen gets set to step down as president and CEO of the CMPA after the upcoming Banff World Media Festival in June.

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