“Property Brothers” among Bell Fund recipients

Season five of the Cineflix Productions series Property Brothers (pictured) is among the reality and doc projects to receive production grants from Canada's Bell Fund.
November 25, 2014

Documentary and reality projects from Proper Television, Cineflix Productions and Four Corners Media have received financing from Canada’s Bell Fund.

The grantees fall under the October 1, 2014 round of applications, and include financing for both broadcast and digital extensions.

Unscripted projects to receive production funds include Proper Television’s Blood, Sweat & Tools (9 x 60 minutes), a competition reality series in which five of the worst home renovation twosomes in Canada compete for cash in a series of home reno challenges. Jam3 is producing the related web experience, which will feature DIY-inspired activities, games and an online vote.

Season five of Cineflix Productions’ Property Brothers (26 x 60 minutes, pictured above) for W Network also received funding. The series follows experts Drew and Jonathan Scott as they assist couples transform fixer-uppers into their dream homes. Secret Location is producing a complementary digital guide that gives users ideas and expert advice around home renos.

Grantees in the low-budget production category include Emergency Paramedics: Life & Death on the Streets (6 x 60 minutes) from Lark Productions. The Knowledge Network series follows first responders in British Columbia. Pound & Grain is producing an online experience that features webisodes.

Finally, Four Corners Productions and Zoomer Media are producing From the Four Corners of the Earth, a documentary about a tribe living in a remote rural village in Ghana that practices Judaism. iThentic is working on the digital extension.

For the complete list of grantees, visit the Bell Fund’s website.

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