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Bell Media, Melbar team for “David Foster: Off The Record”

Director and exec producer Barry Avrich discusses how he got involved with the documentary about the 16-time Grammy Award winner and what's next for the film.
July 16, 2019

Bell Media Studios and Barry Avrich’s Melbar Entertainment Group have partnered for David Foster: Off The Record, a new feature-length documentary focused on Victoria-born producer, composer and entertainer David Foster.

The documentary mixes archival footage with interviews and access to the 16-time Grammy Award-winner (pictured), offering an up-close look into the life of an industry legend whose collaborations include everyone from Earth, Wind & Fire to Barbara Streisand. Exec produced by Avrich, Bell Media president Randy Lennox and music industry veterans Marc Johnston and Jeffrey Latimer – the latter of which is the CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame –  the film includes interviews with Céline Dion, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Foster’s children and his wife Katharine McPhee.

The film will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and Crave. Additional broadcast details will be announced about the project at a later date, alongside U.S. and international releases, according to a press release.

David Foster: Off The Record marks Bell Media’s second music-focused documentary commission of 2019. In May, Bell Media Studios announced it had partnered with L.A.-based Imagine Documentaries, White Pine Pictures and Universal Music Canada’s Shed Creative on Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a project focused on musician Robbie Robertson. Similar to David Foster: Off The Record, Once Were Brothers will also receive a theatrical release, landing in theaters in fall 2019 and on Bell Media-owned SVOD Crave in early 2020.

“Music programming has always resonated with audiences across our platforms, as we saw with our original film Long Time Running,” said Bell Media’s Lennox in a statement. “David’s story and his connections to some of the music industry’s most well-known giants make David Foster: Off The Record a perfect fit for CTV and Crave, where music documentaries and films are among the most-popular content.”

David Foster: Off The Record received lead financial support from Bell Media and additional support from the Rogers Documentary Fund, tax credits and private financing from Slaight Music.

From Playback Daily

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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