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Independent Production Agreement (IPA)

Are you producing a film, TV show or online production? Animation, Public Service Announcement, Documentary, Industrial or demo pilot? You’re in the right place. We encourage you to call and/or email us with your questions, especially when you’re in the planning stages. Call early, it will help you with budgeting and casting. We’ll point you to the section of the IPA that works for your project.

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Become an IPA Producer in 2 steps

Step One: A little bit of paperwork

To start producing under the Independent Production Agreement, you must first agree to its terms, provide some basic information about your production. Here are the forms you’ll need:

  1. Voluntary Recognition Agreement (What’s this? It’s the document where you agree to the basic terms of the IPA)
  2. Production Form
  3. Security Agreement (What’s this? It’s a document, required before you start production, that protects the payment due to performers.)

Step Two: Send us the documents

Email the documents to or fax them to 416-928-2026. An IPA Business Representative will contact you to assist you further with your production.

General Signatories

The IPA covers all forms of recorded performance whether they are broadcast, exhibited, transmitted live, posted online or distributed or broadcast in any other way. TV series, mini-series, Movies of the Week, feature films, shorts, animation, reality programs, webisodes, mobisodes, dubbing – the IPA has it all. Basically, if it isn’t a commercial it’s IPA. (Exceptions include productions made by CBC, CTV, TVO, NFB, VisionTV, CFC, and CityTV.) If you’re making a Documentary jump to Documentary. If you’re making an Industrial jump to Industrial.

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