Starting a Production Company

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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This intensive two-evening workshop is designed as a broad introduction for those interested in: starting their own production company, cultivating and building their media producer intelligence, planning a shoot and/or selling their skills as a freelancer and indie-producer providing production services to the media industry. The workshop will provide clarity on corporations, partnerships, the importance of detailed record-keeping and bookkeeping and why it’s important to perform due diligence on your personal credit history, company brand and in all matters related to the government such as business registration/incorporation, HST, and income tax filings, etc. Other topics include what production companies look for in order to confidently hire the services of a freelancer and why delivering as promised is important to the success of your business. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the business language of the industry, getting organized, building awareness of the various professions, the role of consultants, agencies and organizations with the capacity to support your business and production aspirations.



Marva Ollivierre is a Gemini nominated executive producer, a management accountant, maskmaker and Floyd Chalmers awarded writer with over 25 of arts-culture industry experience—the last 16 in screen media. She is also the creator of the cross Canada lecture series Making Your Art Your Business and was executive producer and head of business affairs at Inner City Films. During her five-year tenure with Inner City Films, several productions received broad acclaim and continue in present day to deliver significant international sales earnings including US Broadcast revenues. They include: Skin Deep a Gemini Winning Best Lifestyle/Doc, one of the first internationally produced docu-lifestyle series; and Jozi-H, the Canada/South Africa co-production medical drama series, a multiple Gemini Nominee including Best Drama. In 2006, Marva started her own independent production house where the commissioned feature documentary Made In Canada was released 2013; the documentary I am not a Bully is in post production, and the feature Bannock & Bratwurst, penned by 2013 Canada Screen Award winning writer Shannon Masters, is prepping for production.