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Article C13 - Low-Budget Television Production Incentive

Article C13 - Low-Budget Television Production Incentive

C1301 Low-Budget Television Production Incentive Eligibility
For a Television Production subject to Articles C4, C5, C6, C7 and C8 which:
i. is for initial exhibition on the internet;
ii. has a contracted per-program length of fifteen (15) minutes or less;
iii. has a program Budget no greater than in the table below per minute of contracted length;
  Per-Minute Budget*
July 1, 2019 $17,000 or less
July 1, 2020 $17,510 or less
July 1, 2021 $18,035 or less

has a total per-program Budget which does not exceed:

  Total Per-Program Budget*
July 1, 2019 $136,000
July 1, 2020 $140,080
July 1, 2021 $144,282

*The Budget thresholds for Low-Budget Television Production Incentive eligibility shall increase at the same time and by the same percentage as any Script Fee increases during the term of the IPA.


v. All episodes of a Series season must meet the above qualifications for this incentive to apply.
vi. The provisions in Articles A205, A206, A234, C1002 and C1003 regarding Budget, Certified Budget and Non-Certified Budget shall apply.
vii. This incentive shall not be used in conjunction with other incentives.

For programs that qualify for the Low-Budget Television Production Incentive, the Writer and Producer shall negotiate in good faith in relation to the terms and conditions of engagement of the Writer, and at a minimum,

i. The Producer shall be required to make contributions, on behalf of the writers, on account of Insurance and Retirement Plans as per Article A13 of this Agreement;
ii. The Producer shall be required to remit Administration Fees and make deductions from each Writer's remuneration as per Articles A12 and A13;
iii. the Writer's credit must appear on the same platform and in the same manner as the producer's and director's credits; and
iv. the Script Fee payments shall be allocated and paid in accordance with the relevant timelines applicable to the program type in question.
a. If a production that is produced pursuant to the Low-Budget Television Production Incentive is licensed for "Television Use", the Producer shall pay to the credited Writer(s) contracted under this Agreement (subject to Article C1010) a Distribution Royalty of three point two percent (3.2%) of the total amount of the Distributors' Gross Revenue less the amount that is equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Budget less any Canada Media Fund license fee top-up, as set out in Articles C1101 to C1103.
b. A Television Use occurs when a production produced under the Low-Budget Television Production Incentive is licensed for any Free or commercial Television, pay television or cable television broadcast, or any exhibition on a video-on-demand service for which the Producer receives a fee.
c. For clarity, if such a production is not licensed for a Television Use, no Distribution Royalty shall be owing.




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