This year’s Toronto film festival will introduce a new program highlighting the best in international television shown on the big screen.
Primetime will showcase up to six shows that come from either broadcasters or streaming networks, with a sway towards independent film-makers working on the small screen. “What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than with a programme that focuses on the new golden era of television that’s currently producing high-quality global programming, terrific writing, and direction that rivals the best feature filmmaking,” said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the festival. “We’re thrilled to provide an exclusive platform for these strong creative voices.”
The federal broadcast regulator is facing yet another possible court challenge pushing back against sweeping changes to television policy unveiled in recent months, this time from a coalition of independent producers. The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is looking to overturn a decision that could do away with agreements that set negotiating terms between the country’s largest broadcasters and independent producers – and which the producers see as critical safeguards of their bargaining power.
Nova Scotia’s Liberal government presented its 2015-2016 budget on Thursday, lifting the curtain on important changes for the province’s film and television industry. As of July 1, the Film Industry Tax Credit for productions of films and television shows will drop from 100 per cent refundable to 25 per cent refundable. The credit is based on productions receiving a rebate of 50 to 60 per cent on their payroll and labour costs, dependent on whether the location is rural or urban.
On April 1, 2015 Tattersall Sound & Picture merged with Sim Group. This new partnership with Sim opens up many opportunities. They now offer a wider range of technical and creative contributions to clients’ film and television projects.
Vancouver’s Bron Studios has sold the global rights to distribute its original feature film Special Correspondents to Netflix. “(Netflix) approached us once they learned about the film. They had a pre-existing relationship with Ricky because of his show Derek,” said Bron’s Aaron Gilbert, who is producing the film with Gervais, Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen, and Manuel Munz. “They are now fully financing the picture.” Gilbert is one of the few B.C. film producers who seldom goes to Telefilm Canada for funding and doesn’t do production service work for American clients. Gilbert has been particularly successful seeking funding from the private sector and also owns Media House, which provides short-term loans to independent filmmakers. Loans are secured against unsold distribution rights. Special Correspondents, which is based on the French hit Envoyes Tres Speciaux, will begin filming next month in Toronto and New York.