On the international front, we had a busy fall welcoming 70 delegates representing 25 unions from 18 countries to Vancouver for the 2019 executive meeting of FIA, the International Federation of Actors. Leading the charge for performers worldwide is our ACTRA Past President Ferne Downey who also serves as the current President of FIA. Particular attention at this meeting was paid to how online streaming platforms, specifically U.S.-based conglomerates, are changing the industry and challenging traditional business models -- and how this is compelling unions to look for innovative ways to monetize the work of our members in this new environment. I encourage our members to visit fia-actors.com
to learn more about how performers around the world are sharing strategies on standing up to pressures from corporate internet giants.
Featuring ACTRA members Maddalena Rivera, Florence Carenza, Bianca Valentini, Teresa Cutri and Domenica Rossi, Kraft’s Classico’s online commercial Nonnas won a Bronze Cassie Award.
Here in Canada, we won’t let disruptive business-driven pressures lead to economic gaps where performers are not compensated fairly for your work. For more on the policy front, please read David Sparrow’s president’s message
detailing how we’ve welcomed our new government and are asking them to keep their election promises to our industry and our members.
As a union, we have the power to stand up for all of our members. If engager demands run off the rails during negotiations, you will hear from your bargaining teams and elected leaders about it. Please read your ACTRA eblasts, follow us on social media and bookmark actra.ca
for updates from your union. It’s important we continue to build upon our victories to set the course for future generations of creators and professional performers to come. It’s critical to our success as a union and an industry.
I wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous 2020.
ACTRA National Executive Director