The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) is a representative, national organisation of independent South African film, television and video producers constituted to represent, protect and promote the interests and needs of producers. The IPO currently represents the interests of eighty percent of working producers in South Africa.
The executive committee have in the past two years been successful in mobilising the Communication portfolio committee to understand the industry needs. The IPO acts as a link between stakeholders and its members to ensure that members do not struggle with addressing their issues individually. Therefore the IPO is a representative body for its members.
The Executive committee is currently dealing with the SABC in regards to the Terms of Reference and Copyright Policies. To empower members to promote professional and healthy work conditions, the IPO has drafted and signed a Workplace Policy that has been distributed to its members to ensure that working conditions are desirable.
The IPO held a dti workshop in November 2017 to empower its members on how to approach the application process. The IPO has consulted with members and made an extensive submission regarding the proposed new guidelines in June 2018. The IPO is dedicated to working with all producers and organizations that share its vision towards the development of a sustainable, thriving industry, and on a regular basis sends information to members to input on strategic documents whether it be SABC issues, DAC, or other stakeholders including the NFVF, the dti and IDC.
The key aims and objectives of the IPO are to:
- Represent, promote and protect the specific needs and interests of producers.
- Represent and promote the economic and cultural interests of the South African film, television and video production industry locally, continentally and abroad.
- Develop, support and implement growth strategies for the industry to increase local, continental and international markets.
- Promote the development and establishment of aspirant and emergent producers and production companies.
- Overcome historical disparities within the industry, based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation.
- Promote the industry for the good of the broader South African economy.
- Promote a stable and viable industrial environment within the industry.
- Encourage professionalism and high technical and creative standards in the industry.
- Keep producers at the forefront of technological, economic and cultural changes.
- Interact with and create negotiating channels and standard agreements with industry-related organisations.
- Regulate relations between members and employees or trade unions.
- Promote health and safety standards for the industry.
- Play a key role in education, training and enhancement of skills within the industry.
- Inform and enlighten non-industry organisations (e.g. educational institutions, government bodies, financial institutions) about the industry.
For further information about the IPO, please contact the Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IPO’s Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) status can be confirmed by viewing NPO Certificate of Registration