All Production Funding Articles

Jan 12, 2017 — News Article

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 12, 2016 — News Article

CBC’s ad-free proposal shakes up heritage discussion by Simon Houpt and Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The public broadcaster argues going ad-free will allow it to take bold creative risks akin to its well funded U.K. counterpart, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and create high-quality flagship TV programs for Canadians that can be exported to the rest of the world. 

Dec 9, 2016 — News Article

Why Canadian movies pretend to be American by Kevin Tierney

Columnist asks, if we are going to invest in developing movies, making them, distributing them and marketing them, isn’t it time to invest in getting them seen? 

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

National Arts Centre announces $25M National Creation Fund

The National Arts Centre announces the National Creation Fund, a $25 million fund that will support new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music by artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Nov 9, 2016 — News Article

'Making a meaningful difference': CBC launches new film fund for diverse filmmakers

CBC to invest at least $7.5 million dollars into the fund over the next three years.

Nov 3, 2016 — News Article

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Oct 18, 2016 — News Article

Memo to Trudeau: CBC Earns Our Tax Money, Corporate Media Does Not by Shannon Rupp

Columnist says Newspapers Canada would have you believe that their aggressive bid for more government subsidies is about funding journalism, but the facts suggest that the newspapers’ executives are just looking for a new source of revenue to keep their investors rich and happy as they kill jobs.

Oct 9, 2016 — News Article

New funding rules for Canadian television draw ire by Ian Bailey

If new funding rules for the production of Canadian television were in place years ago, Simon Barry fears he wouldn’t have kept his job as executive producer on his made-in-Vancouver TV series Continuum.

Oct 8, 2016 — News Article

Trudeau government OK's tax credit for TV talk shows by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister says opening tax credits to the talk show genre will stimulate job creation in the sector.

Oct 5, 2016 — News Article

How the performing arts can set the stage for more developed brain pathways by Cléa Desjardins

Concordia research shows the positive, but different, cognitive effects of dance and music training.

Oct 4, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Survey: Canadian TV Showrunners & Writers on New Cancon Requirements by Bridget Liszewski

Creative speak about the impact of the CRTC loosening the points system for gaining access to production funding.

Sep 26, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators? by Jessica Wong

Creators blast CRTC ruling's suggestion that Canadians need foreign help to make TV hits.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Eastlink contributes $690,000 to help fund TV projects in Nova Scotia

The media company has given the money to the Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, a not-for-profit support program for producers and filmmakers in the province.

Sep 21, 2016 — News Article

New Brunswick filmmakers take scrappy, innovative approach to cable changes by Julia Wright

Columnist says Pick-and-pay, basic cable packages may be great for cable subscribers, who get to choose which channels they pay for, but they are also changing the game for smaller, independent media production companies.

Sep 6, 2016 — News Article

Keeping Canadian TV Canadian by Tony Wong

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has decided it will now take just six points out of 10, instead of eight, for a production to qualify as Canadian.

Aug 29, 2016 — News Article

Et parfois de bons films… by Odile Tremblay

Reporter says, even after all the recent setbacks, the Montreal World Film Festival seems surprisingly popular with the public. Ironically, the precarious situation of the festival may have played a part by drawing more attention to it.