May 19, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

Mr. Winters: (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

1. Yes.
2. The film was produced in 16 mm. and 35 mm. widths.
3. To date agreements have been negotiated with four distribution companies:
(a) Columbia Pictures of Canada, Limited, Toronto, covering 35 mm. theatrical distribution in Canada. This contract runs for two years from December 21, 1951. The board receives 65 per cent of the gross revenue from exhibition of the film and pays for the prints used.
(b) United Artists Corporation, New York, covering 35 mm. theatrical distribution in the United States of America and its possessions. This contract runs for three years from April 1, 1952. The board receives 65 per cent of the gross revenue from exhibition of the film and pays for the first 100 prints used.
(c) General Film Distributors, Limited, London, covering 16 mm. and 35 mm. theatrical distribution in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Eire, Gibraltar and Malta. This contract runs for five years from January 1, 1952. The board receives 60 per cent of the net revenues from exhibition of the film. Print costs are a first charge against gross revenue.
(d) J. Arthur Rank Overseas Film Distributors, Limited, London, covering 16 mm. and 35 mm. theatrical distribution throughout the world excluding the western hemisphere and these territories granted to General Film Distributors, Limited, as set out in 3 (b). The agreement will run for five years. The board will receive 70 per cent of gross revenue and will pay for the cost of prints.
4. Yes.
5. Yes. On November 1, 1952.
6. Not at present.
7. It will be available for sale after November 1, 1952.
8. No exclusive sales rights for the 16 mm. prints in Canada have been given.
9. Answered by No. 8.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FILM "ROYAL JOURNEY"
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