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Link: N.S. film tax credit gone but not forgotten

From Jean Laroche of CBC News:

Link: N.S. film tax credit gone but not forgotten
When Stephen McNeil’s government closed the books on the 2017-2018 fiscal year last month, it marked the official end of Nova Scotia’s film tax credit.

The final $5.3-million payout shows up as a single line item on page 297 of a 349-page document issued by the Finance Department, called Volume 3, Supplementary Information.

It’s not the Hollywood ending envisioned by Finance Minister Bernie Boudreau when the Liberal government of John Savage introduced the credit in its 1995 budget. Continue reading.


Coming this fall on APTN

From a media release:

APTN announced its Fall 2018 schedule today, highlighting a slate of new original series, returning favourites and thought-provoking documentaries. The new season starts on September 3rd.

Longmire, Season 5 – Sheriff Longmire finds himself caught in the cross-hairs of a wrongful death civil suit. New mysteries and cases are weighing down on Walt and his team.

Wentworth, Season 6 – Following season five’s jaw-dropping finale. Season six resumes with almost all of Wentworth’s inmates and officers stunned by the apparent joint escape of Franky Doyle and Joan Ferguson.

First Contact – Premiering on APTN, First Contact takes a group of six non-Indigenous Canadians with strong opinions and immerses them into Indigenous Canada for the first time. The participants are tested in extraordinary situations, their beliefs confronted, and their emotions pushed to the limits.

Taken, Season 3 – The hard-hitting, true crime documentary series, focuses on solving the mysteries behind Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Broadcasted in Cree and English. APTN will be co-broadcasting the third season of Taken with CBC.

Future History – Exclusive to APTN, this documentary series challenges the settler colonial paradigm while celebrating the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous knowledge.

French language programming will also premiere on Canada’s only independent Indigenous network. Première Ligne captures the stories of Indigenous health and first aid professionals who help their fellow community members in distress. The hit documentary series, defining the standards of beauty within an Indigenous context, Princesses will be airing in French.

New Indigenous language Programming will also air on the network. From the North, Nunavummi Mamarijavut, an Arctic adventure culinary series follows Inuit families and outfitters and showcases how food is an expression of love and a means of sharing their culture. Broadcast in Inuktitut. Moosemeat & Marmalade, Season 3 will air in Cree and Mohawk Girls, Season 5 will air in Mohawk.

APTN’s Fall 2018 season kicks off September 3rd.


B.C. production sector and Netflix unveil new initiative for local screenwriters

From a media release:

Today organizations and leaders from across BC’s media production sector announced the launch of the Pacific Screenwriting Program. The Program is billed as an intensive training ground that will provide support and career-advancement opportunities for active and aspiring screenwriters from across BC. The initiative is the result of generous support from Netflix, Creative BC, and the Canadian Media Producers Association, as well as strategic guidance from the Writers Guild of Canada.

Launching today alongside the Pacific Screenwriting Program is its flagship training initiative, the Scripted Series Lab. Beginning in January 2019, the full-time professional development opportunity will train up to six BC-based, entry-level writers, helping them to hone their craft, strengthen their collaboration and presentation skills, and obtain a deeper understanding of the global scripted content industry. Applications for the Scripted Series Lab are now being accepted. An info night is being held on August 8th. For more information check www.pacificscreenwriting.com.

The Scripted Series Lab is the Program’s first training course, combining real-world story-room experience with one-on-one mentorship to equip writers with the skills, experience, and connections necessary to build a successful screenwriting career. The Program’s longer term strategic planning envisions a range of offerings for screenwriters with varied levels of practical experience.

For details about how to apply for the inaugural Scripted Series Lab and more information about the Pacific Screenwriting Program individuals are encouraged to visit www.pacificscreenwriting.com/APPLY.ca


Link: Ed the Sock wants to disrupt television — again

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: Ed the Sock wants to disrupt television — again
“We are stepping in to fill a void. It wasn’t too long ago that we were making cable TV shows with cardboard boxes. We don’t look at something and see a lack of resources and say it’s impossible. We say this is going to be fun. That’s the heart of the network. We want to be a part of the Canadian media industry. Not apart from it.” Continue reading.


Enterprise Pictures announces plans and partial slate

Toronto-based Enterprise Pictures is excited to announce their inaugural television and feature film slate. The company is engaged in ongoing discussions with various U.S. advisors and studios to raise equity in exchange for distribution rights to the company’s robust slate. Stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming weeks. Enterprise Pictures is the brainchild of Matthew Robillard, an ex-investment banker at Osprey Capital who previously developed cable network Channel Canada, and launched multi-platform entertainment brand ComedyLab Entertainment.

Enterprise Pictures is developing eleven television series and fourteen feature films. Highlights listed below:

Television Slate

The Opportunist is a one-hour crime thriller about the Opportunist and his clandestine army of operatives who prey on the criminal super rich by conning them out of their ill-gotten billions. Each season targets a different billionaire operating in an exotic, tax-friendly jurisdiction i.e. Singapore, Monte Carlo, Silicon Valley, Geneva. Season one targets the sociopathic leader of a money-mad, Scientology-like cult that gets exposed, then chased out of the country by the U.S. Department of Justice, with the Opportunist and his team slowly enveloping the target in a web of intrigue, disinformation and misdirection. Pilot written.

Ninja is an action drama about a multi-generational family of Ninja assassin-spies who fight desperately to survive and prosper during feudal Japan’s bloody and treacherous civil war. To be shot on location in Japan utilizing authentic samurai-era historical sites, and starring a cast of English-speaking actors of Japanese heritage. Pilot written.

FunHouse is a comedy drama about six stand-up comics who all eat, sleep, laugh and love in a big, old mansion they call the ‘Funhouse’. Between performing comedy gigs on-stage and holding down hellish part-time jobs, the cast gradually chisel out successful careers in the roller coaster world of comedy. Pilot written.

Treasure Island is a competition reality series about twelve people trapped on an exotic, deserted island. They must compete or co-operate to win a $5.0 million treasure buried somewhere on the island. Physical and augmented-reality clues planted by the ‘Puzzle Master’ host help the cast solve a ‘Genius Puzzle’ that ultimately reveals the treasure’s secret location.