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The Ontario Superior Court building is seen in Toronto, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Two Canadian media and entertainment unions say an award-winning Toronto-based production company behind a multitude of ‘popular reality TV shows, agreed to pay the workers of the factual television company Cinelix. at least $ 1 million to settle a class action lawsuit. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Colin Perkel

Cineflix workers could share over $ 1 million in class-action settlement: unions

Legal action was filed in 2018 on behalf of hundreds of current and former workers

ORONTO – Two Canadian media and entertainment unions say a Toronto-based production company behind some popular reality shows has agreed to pay workers at fact-based TV company Cineflix at least $ 1 million for settle a class action.

CWA Canada and IATSE say the settlement agreement was submitted to an Ontario court on Monday for approval after three years of negotiations.

The lawsuit was filed by the Cavalluzzo law firm in 2018 on behalf of hundreds of current and former employees of Cineflix, which produces television shows such as “Property Brothers” and “Mayday”. It came after a five-year “Fairness in Action” campaign by CWA Canada to bring fair working conditions to the industry. IATSE joined the campaign in 2019, with the formation of the Joint Evidence-Based Television Council.

The proposed regulation would cover all employment standards rights (overtime, vacation pay, vacation pay) for almost everyone who has worked for Cineflix as employees or independent contractors since October 2016.

The unions say Cineflix also has until March to decide whether to sign an already negotiated collective agreement or pay an additional lump sum.

Cavalluzzo also filed a class action lawsuit against Insight Productions seeking damages for alleged violations of employment standards. It is still before the courts. Insight Productions is best known for producing Canadian versions of shows such as CBC’s “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother” and “Battle of the Blades”.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2021.

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