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Bobby AmmWhy and how to protect the local film and advertising industry 12 Dec 2017 Read more

Bobby AmmThe issue of transparency has been a prickly subject in commercial production for a while now, with the US Department of Justice launching an investigation into agency bid-rigging in 2016. But transparency in commercial production remains a local issue as well. 20 Oct 2017 Read more

Bobby AmmAn ad agency's in-house production company (IHPC) can be a tempting choice when looking for a commercial producer. With the ‘lower costs' and the convenience of a single supplier, most business people would consider it, especially when production costs are so high for low-end work. On closer inspection, though, the Commercial Producers Association has found that any benefit of engaging the services of an IHPC on mid-to-high-end projects is short-lived. 13 Sep 2017 Read more

The truth about cats and dogs (in the film industry)CPA insights into the new Performing Animals Protection Amendment Act 6 Sep 2017 Read more

The commercial industry: Built on the backs of production companiesYou don't hire a dentist to do brain surgery. You hire a qualified, accomplished, and trustworthy neurosurgeon who can carry out meticulous craniotomies while brushing their teeth. 18 Aug 2017 Read more

Home Affairs: a production-industry partnerRSA visa applications just got easier for foreign production stakeholders 28 Jul 2017 Read more

The new universal rules for commercial production engagementThe international call for transparency in an inescapably biased system 14 Jul 2017 Read more

Glen BosmanThe evolution from film to digital, and how it impacts the commercial production industry 23 Jun 2017 Read more

The CPA sponsors Cannes Young Directors' Award 2017The Commercial Producers Association, South Africa (CPA) is pleased to announce that it is one of the sponsors of the Young Directors' Award at the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival. A platform for young filmmakers to be noticed by top industry professionals, the award is among the most attended Cannes Fringe events, attracting over 400 entries from around the world. 14 Jun 2017 Read more

SA advertising and film industry in the grips of global struggle against bid riggingIn December 2016, the global advertising and film production community watched with keen interest as the US Department of Justice stepped right into the middle of a long-brewing conflict between advertising agencies and independent production houses. The DOJ's Antitrust Division has been tasked with uncovering whether ad agencies are intentionally rigging pitches for production work to favour their in-house divisions. 12 May 2017 Read more

Creating a unified voice and strong foundation for an industry in fluxFor those who have any insight into or experience of the film and television production industry, it is easy to grasp the magnitude of the challenges that these industry professionals face daily. From negotiating onerous location requirements to working with SARS to better understand how industry freelancers should be taxed, the world of production is rife with the unexpected and sometimes, the seemingly insurmountable. For this reason, it is critical that industry professionals have a robust network of support and guidance behind them. 4 Apr 2017 Read more