The Leader-Post June 27, 2013
Saskatchewan’s new creative industries program was officially proclaimed Thursday and its first board members were named.
Creative Saskatchewan will operate as an agent of the Crown and act to support creative industries such as music and sound recording, film and television production, visual arts and crafts, live theatre and publishing with marketing and financing.
The new agency was announced in February and will stand as the replacement for the former Film Employment Tax Credit which was discontinued by the Saskatchewan Party government in the 2012 provincial budget.
The new agency has come under some criticism for the fact that it could double up on work already being done by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and that it leaves the film and television industry fighting for available grants with other creative sectors rather than having its own program as most other provinces and states in North America have.
The first six board members of Creative Saskatchewan have been appointed and they will be led by chairman Mike MacNaughton (Regina). The other board members are Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty (Meadow Lake), Cory Furman (Regina), Valerie Creighton (Stoughton), Rick Peddle (Saskatoon) and Jocelyne Kost (Saskatoon).
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