The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund has invested CA$4,684,332 (US$4.8 million) across 19 television projects, including shows from Bristow Global Media, Shaftesbury and Eye Steel Films.
Among the unscripted projects to receive a share of the coin are Bristow Global Media’s spooky series Paranormal 911 for Blue Ant Media’s T+E. The docu-drama, which details experiences of first-responders who’ve had paranormal encounters, will premiere in spring 2019.
Eye Steel Films’ Agents of Influence for the Documentary Channel and the BBC will also receive a portion of the fund’s money. Directed by Richard Poplak and produced with South Africa’s Fireworx Media and Chronicle Productions, the doc investigates the architects of the post-truth era and the growing global misinformation complex they’ve helped create. Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Neil Brandt and Dan Jawitz all serve as producers on the project. Agents of Influence was one of the projects selected for this year’s Hot Docs Forum.
The Documentary Channel projects that received funding include Drive from Sunday Night Entertainment, Meat The Future (pictured) from documentary filmmaker Liz Marshall and prodco Meat the Future, Saving the Greatest Horse Ever Designed from Infield Fly Productions and The Fence from Tortuga Films.
The CBC and the Doc Channel are also both attached to Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind from Insight Productions and A Place of Tide and Time from producer Jean-Simon Chartier.
Season three of Wild Bear Rescue from Omnifilm Entertainment and season two of Dr. Keri: Prairie Vet from Big Lake Vet 2 Films for Animal Planet also received a portion of the funding.
Other funded productions include season two of APTN’s Future History from RedCloud Studios, Tribal from Prairie Dog Film + Television for APTN, D-Day 75 from Yap Films for History Television, You Are Here: A 9/12 Story from M.D.F. Productions and A.I. God from Fathom Film Group for The Movie Network.
(From Playback Daily, written by Lauren Malyk)