Canadian Film Honcho Backs CAA Pact

Canadian film czar Richard Stursberg supports a deal between the Canadian government and Creative Artists Agency that aims to help Canadian film producers attract talent and obtain financing for their

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter)--Canadian film czar Richard Stursberg supports a deal between the Canadian government and Creative Artists Agency that aims to help Canadian film producers attract talent and obtain financing for their productions.

"We're trying to use Telefilm's size and importance to assist producers in getting access and getting their calls returned and getting people to take them seriously," says Stursberg, executive director of Telefilm Canada. The group invests about C$100 million ($75 million) annually in Canadian movies on behalf of the federal government.

"There are brilliant producers making wonderful things, and for their phone calls not to be returned is a shame. We're trying to use our size to help them." Telefilm Canada's confidential deal with CAA was revealed last Monday.

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