Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $11.6 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, four of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.
More detail on these six programs can be found below.
Bell Media National Fellowships (Banff World Media Festival) are intended to encourage professional development in the television industry by enabling emerging, creative talent including producers, writers, and directors to attend the annual festival.
Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) provide emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series
Bell Media Prime Time TV Program (Canadian Film Centre) is a five-month, team-based approach to TV series development for writers. The program tackles issues relating to working in a story department, developing dramatic series material, and surviving as a successful writer in the television marketplace.
Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Program invests in and elevates emerging Canadian television producers by providing a unique look inside a national broadcaster and offering hands-on training at a senior level. Participants are exposed to the internal operations of a Canadian broadcaster while learning more about the complex business model and economics of Canadian television production and its relationship to broadcasting through hands-on sessions with internal departments, panel discussions with industry experts, and exploration of case studies and coaching sessions.
Totally Television (National Screen Institute) is a hands-on TV series development training and mentorship course for producer/writer teams looking to develop their concepts and prepare for a pitch.
Bell Media was one of the first to announce funding for Telefilm Canada’s Talent Fund which supports Canadian film production and talent by helping finance the production, distribution, and marketing of Canadian feature films in both English and French.
Toronto International Film Festival
Bell Media supports the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), an annual, world-class event that attracts the biggest names from Hollywood and the international entertainment industry, while capturing the interest, attention, and imagination of Canadians and stargazers around the world. Bell Media platforms spanning television, radio, and out-of-home offer direct sponsorship, event, and editorial coverage throughout the festival.
RIDM: Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
For more than 10 years, Canal D has partnered with RIDM, a Montréal event devoted to the promotion of documentary film by bringing together actors, producers, and distributors to exchange ideas and thoughts on the documentary genre.
Banff World Media Festival
Bell Media supports the Banff World Media Festival as a Grand Patron Sponsor. The annual festival provides delegates with cutting-edge industry insights, and opportunities for creating new relationships, launching new business ideas, and assisting ambitious members of our industry in reaching their goals.
M for Montréal
For the past nine years, M for Montréal has electrified the city of Montréal by bringing together an impressive slate of local and international artists. With support from Bell Media’s NRJ 94.3 and CHOM 99.7 radio stations as official presenters of the event, M for Montréal also takes part in various promotional showcases here and abroad with the innovative M on the Road series.
The non-profit organization Association Québécoise de L’industrie du Disque, du Spectacle et de la Video (L’ADISQ) is focused on growth of the music industry within Quebec. NRJ 94.3 and 107,3 Rouge FM, two Quebec based Bell Media radio stations are proud partners of L’ADISQ and presented awards for Best Female Performer of the Year at the 2013 Gala.
Canadian Screen Awards
As the Principal Partner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards – an annual celebration of Canadian productions and talent who excel in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in Canadian film, television, and digital media – Bell Media’s investment includes naming rights for the awards for Best Comedy Program or Series, Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, along with a range of events and marketing initiatives designed to promote and celebrate Canadian Screen Week.
World TV Day
An initiative set in place by the United Nations in 1996, World TV Day recognizes the role of television in helping shape modern democracy, freedom of expression, and cultural diversity. Bell Media supports the initiative with a synchronized effort by its broadcast properties in raising public awareness around the key role of television, reaching 7.7 million viewers in 2013. Through public service announcements and specialized coverage, Bell Media shines a spotlight on television’s contribution to society, entertainment, politics, the economy, and education.