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Oct 9, 2017 — News Article

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 25, 2017 — Blog Post

Briefing Charlie Angus

NDP MP and leadership hopeful Charlie Angus took a briefing on FRIENDS’ priorities in Ottawa last week.

FRIENDS has a long and beneficial working relationship with Charlie, which started when he was appointed the NDP Heritage critic soon after he was first elected in 2004.

If he becomes leader, Charlie plans to do a fundamental review to re-focus the CBC on its public broadcasting mandate, especially how it serves local audiences.

FRIENDS has invited all of the candidates for the NDP leadership to receive a briefing about our priorities.  To date, Charlie and Guy Caron have accepted.

Sep 18, 2017 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article

Press Release: “CONTINUITY – FAIRNESS – SUPPORT”

A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 12, 2017 — Blog Post

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron briefed on FRIENDS priorities

FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.

FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.

Aug 24, 2017 — News Article

Baloney Meter: Big TV groups say regs won't mean cuts to CanCon spending

Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.

Aug 18, 2017 — News Article

17 projects receive funding through the CMF’s Aboriginal Program

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces a total contribution of $8.9M to 17 convergent projects that applied for production funding through its Aboriginal Program.

Jul 17, 2017 — News Article

Unifor calls for overhaul of NAFTA

Unifor says a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include protection of cultural industries such as TV, film and journalism

Jul 11, 2017 — News Article

Trends Report: 2017 Mid-Year Update

In its 2017 trends report, the Canada Media Fund investigates the opportunities that lie ahead to create value in the wake of the restructuring of the global audiovisual industry.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Quebecor Fund announces list of funded production companies and programs

The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors is announes the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive funding in the 34th-round of the Main Television Production Assistance Program.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Release

FRIENDS supports Heritage Committee’s local media prescription

The 20 recommendations proposed by the House of Commons Heritage Committee to rescue struggling Canadian news are a recipe for success according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Article

Editorial: Government can help to keep independent information alive

A Commons committee has set out a series of constructive measures that Ottawa could take to ensure the public interest is not swept aside by the upheaval shaking the news media.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Article

Report details recommendations for sustainable funding of Canadian media by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Columnist says that for years, there has been a digital disconnect between the organizations that invest heavily in creating content – including journalism – and tech giants, such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., that are paid handsomely for distributing it.

Jun 8, 2017 — News Article

B.C. filmmaker Kevan Funk: “We need more space” for Canadian films by Holly McKenzie-Sutter

Writer-director Kevan Funk says. Like any national cinema outside of Hollywood, "you’re stuck in a small world,” and that opportunities to elevate films are what’s important. 

May 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Seminar: The Rise of Interactive Media

On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media.  Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.

May 16, 2017 — News Article

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump

Columnist says Donald Trump will likely still propose deep cuts or elimination of federal arts funding but they are safe for this financial year.

Apr 25, 2017 — News Article

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.