You may have seen reports that a $35-million class action lawsuit has recently been filed against Cineflex Media by a story editor following a groundswell of activism arising from the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) / CWA Canada campaign “Fairness in Factual TV,” which is aimed at securing fair working terms for those working unscripted projects. The claim alleges, among other things, that individuals working for Cineflex have been denied basic minimum standards under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, in the areas of minimum wage, overtime pay, vacation pay and holiday pay. The prospect of similar lawsuits against other factual television producers, and in other provinces, remains a possibility.
If you work, or have worked, for Cineflix, Insight Productions, Boat Rocker Media, or any other factual television producer, we encourage you to fill out this form to be kept informed about the efforts in this regard.
Please also forward this information to any non-ACFC crew you know who work in the factual television industry. We, as a union, must stand together with all workers in the entertainment industry.