Rogers Fund invests $5.1m in latest round of doc grants

The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund disbursed coin to 14 TV projects, including a fifth season of Ice Pilots (pictured), and HBO's Tales from the Organ Trade.
December 20, 2012

The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund has invested CAD$5.1 million in 14 TV projects in its latest round of grants.

The investments include, for the Discovery Channel Canada, BrandMADE, produced by Andrew Burnstein and Catherine Legge; a second season of Dangerous Flights from Pixcom Productions; and a second season of Pyros from Pyros 2 Productions.

Also receiving Rogers coin are Rhombus Media’s Sensitive Skin and FG-REEL’s Reelside, both for The Movie Network and Movie Central, received investment.

A fifth season of Ice Pilots (pictured above), from Vancouver’s Omnifilm for History Television received funding, while Tales from the Organ Trade from AP OT Productions, attached to History Television, Canal D and America’s HBO, is also a recipient.

Elsewhere, a second season of Fugget About It from FAI 2 Productions for Teletoon, and National Park Mysteries from Galafilm for Biography Channel and the U.S. Travel Channel also received investment.

Elsewhere, upcoming sci-fi series Bitten, produced by eOne for Bell Media’s Space; Code Breakers from AP Codebreakers Productions for Vision TV and Discovery Science in the U.S.; Rotating Planet’s The Family Farm for Documentary, and Adobe Productions International’s The Last Place on Earth, for Discovery World HD, also received funding in the latest round.

The Rogers group of funds provides funding, loans or equity investment to Canadian indie producers.

Rogers Media also recently announced a development fund for emerging Alberta and Manitoba producers to develop innovative Canadian film, TV or digital projects.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.