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History Television Canada lands most CMF doc dollars

The Canada Media Fund has allocated almost CAD$25 million in funds, known as envelopes, to be distributed among English- and French-Canadian broadcasters for documentary production.
April 18, 2012

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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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