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New Canadian station wants indie docs

Toronto 1, a new free-to-air station launching in Canada's largest city on September 19, is looking to commission docs for primetime transmission. As part of the initiative, the broadcaster (owned by Calgary-based Craig Media) has launched two five-year, CDN$7.4 million (US$5.3 million) funds to finance factual and drama programs.
September 1, 2003

Toronto 1, a new free-to-air station launching in Canada’s largest city on September 19, is looking to commission docs for primetime transmission. As part of the initiative, the broadcaster (owned by Calgary-based Craig Media) has launched two five-year, CDN$7.4 million (US$5.3 million) funds to finance factual and drama programs.

One envelope, the New Voices Fund, is open to ‘producers of color’ and is headed by Karen King, formerly a producer at Canada’s National Film Board. King says its mandate is to support producers ‘who before now have been denied access to conventional TV stations.’

The other, the Priority Program Fund, will finance projects from small and medium-sized prodcos in Toronto. The station’s mandate is to service the city’s diverse multicultural communities, both in terms of programming and independent production.

‘We are looking for one-offs and projects that have series potential,’ explains Barbara Williams, the station’s VP and GM. Adds King, ‘We want programming that reflects Toronto…but also has an ability to speak to an international audience.’

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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