The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has allocated almost CAD$25 million (US$25.2 million) in funds, known as envelopes, to be distributed among English- and French-Canadian broadcasters for documentary production.
In total, the CMF has given almost $15 million to English documentary production, while $9.8 million has been distributed to French broadcasters.
The 2012 documentary dollars are a slight decrease from CMF’s 2011-2012′s performance envelope allocations, which gave out $26 million in documentary funding.
History Television tops the list with the highest amount of money given in the performance envelope allocations to English broadcasters for 2012-13. Receiving $4.4 million, History Television leads the way ahead of the CBC’s $2.5 million and Discovery Channel Canada’s $1.4 million in documentary funds.
Other networks that received sizable amounts include APTN English ($721,789), OWN ($573,735), Knowledge ($508,066), Food Network ($408,271), Vision ($371,360), Slice ($361,289) and National Geographic ($308,038).
Canal D received the most documentary funding for a French-language network, at $2.8 million, with Radio Canada receiving $1.6 million, RDI nabbing $944,000, Historia gaining $900,000 and Télé-Québec netting $785,000.
The CMF is a not-for profit funding agency, created by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada, to champion the creation of Canadian content for current and emerging platforms.