From Callum Marsh of the National Post:
Link: In the era of Netflix, what do we want Canadian Content to be?
What these flustered complaints share is an uncertainty about the very nature of â€œCanadian Content.â€ The presumption that we have an accepted, universal definition of â€œcontent that reflects our identity and our historyâ€ â€“ fostered by politicians eager to appear patriotic and protective of national interests â€“ makes it difficult to determine realistically what we want from art and culture in Canada, and next to impossible to legislate the kind of policy that could make it happen. Itâ€™s easy to say that Jolyâ€™s plan doesnâ€™t do enough. Itâ€™s harder to say what it ought to do better. Â Continue reading.
From Daniel Leblanc and Mayaz Alam of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Canada’s new cultural policy: The 10 key takeaways
On Thursday, the Heritage Minister unveils ‘Creative Canada,’ the first major overhaul of the cultural funding regime in more than 25 years. Here’s what you need toÂ know. Continue reading.Â
Here’s a link to a transcript of today’s speech.
From Catherine Cullen of CBC News:
Link: Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources
Internet streaming service NetflixÂ will spend at leastÂ half a billion dollars over the next five years to fund original Canadian productions,Â CBC News has learned.
The funding will officially be announced tomorrow by Heritage Minister MÃ©lanieÂ JolyÂ as part of a speech unveilingÂ her vision for Canadian content and cultural industries in the digital world. It comes after months of public consultations, which were held last year. Continue reading.
From Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming
Shows such as the crime dramaÂ Cardinal, distinctively Canadian by virtue of its Northern Ontario setting and plot surrounding the disappearance of an Indigenous girl, would seem to be the sweet spot: It has sold into Britain and several European countries and is seen on Hulu in the United States. Thatâ€™s great, but why should Canadians sacrifice the likes ofÂ LetterkennyÂ just because foreigners may not get it? Continue reading.