Posted by Dave on October 19, 1999 at 16:46:24:
In Reply to: Dave - check this out! posted by Jon on October 19, 1999 at 08:07:11:
: Hey man, read this article.
: Involves the producers of Arthur - Canadian content? Gimme a break. Now why do you suppose Canadian content would be an issue? Hmmmm?
: I'm just pissed because Arthur took Animaniacs' Emmy's for the last two years ... (grin)
There are companies in Canada who get film grants based on Canadian films that use Canadian talent. As we have discussed there are guidelines to this and severe legal penalties for companies that break them. (Animaniacs is not Canadian so there are no grants that I know of they can apply for) but what they have done apparently is used outside talent (like an American writer who got no credit) on claimed Canadian content film.
This of course is not only COMMON in Canadian film but norm. I could name a big animation company that put Canadian animators names in the credits only to take advantage of the credits. The shows were animated overseas. I know this is the case for a fact and when I complained to other artists they told me to, lets see "shut up because at least a few people were getting work". Here I was, caught between whistle blowing and putting freinds out of work. I didn't have the guts to unemploy anyone and just hoped the company would meet justice on it's own.
It is about time the lazy Canadian government got off it's ass and did something about it. They have been ripping of the Canadian public for years and it is time to see the ones proved guilty in court get payback bigtime. If they search Cinars collaboraters or co production companies that just might happen. If my instincts are right this is only the beginning. Whatever the business there comes a time you have to chose between right and wrong.
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