All Production Funding Articles

Mar 16, 2017 — News Article

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent? by Leah Sandals

Columnist says three broad components of the fund have been articulated on paper—digital literacy and intelligence; citizen access to the arts and cultural engagement; and transformation of organizations.

Mar 11, 2017 — News Article

Trump and the Philistines Have Sacked Washington by Clive Irving

Columnist says Washington D.C. was once the shining beacon of American culture, with the federal government financing the arts, but now the world watches in horror as the White House and Congress take charge.

Mar 6, 2017 — News Article

Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world by Michael Geist

Columnist says change in Canadian law is best exemplified by a ruling from the Federal Court of Canada involving the sale and distribution of “modchips,” which can be used to circumvent digital controls on video-game consoles.

Feb 2, 2017 — Blog Post

iPolitics LIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.

The full 56 min event can be viewed here

Feb 1, 2017 — News Release

IpoliticsLIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and J-Source are sponsoring an ipoliticsLIVE event to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection. 

Jan 27, 2017 — Ad Campaign

Yes, we CAN save local media!

FRIENDS is promoting a ‘big idea’ to support Canadian media and the journalists, creators and entertainers they employ – and deliver huge tax savings to Ottawa at the same time.  It’s all about closing a gaping tax loophole in order to give our advertisers an incentive to spend their money in Canada.

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Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Tax law tweak could bring millions to Canadian media, study finds by Alex Ballingall

A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.

Jan 20, 2017 — News Article

Donald Trump set to ‘eliminate arts funding programs’, cutting off NPR and PBS by Christopher Hooton

President Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of budget-tightening measures.

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 17, 2016 — News Article

final phase of federal broadcast regulation reform kicks in by Michael Lewis

Beginning Dec. 1, all television service providers must give consumers the option of subscribing to channels à la carte or in small groups on top of a basic service package that cannot cost more than $25 per month before equipment rentals.

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 24, 2016 — News Article

CMF contributes $3M to fund 11 Diverse Languages Projects

The CMF announces $3M in funding to 11 convergent projects that applied to the Diverse Languages Program.