Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today a newly created development initiative to support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions. Entitled the Rogers Development Fund, this revolving loan program provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in the mediums of television, film, and digital. The program is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of either province for at least one year. The fund will begin accepting loan applications on February 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission or the AMPIA website at ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund for additional program and application details.
“The Rogers Development Fund offers emerging and experienced producers the opportunity to add their creative voices to the Canadian media landscape,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers is committed to the development of new and innovative ideas from Canadian content creators, and we are thrilled to help foster the next generation of Canadian producers.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Rogers Media on this exciting new program,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association. “This partnership will help us deliver more opportunities to create original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba and undoubtedly create new opportunities for production in these communities.”
The Rogers Development Fund will be governed by a committee of Canadian media industry leaders who will determine the successful applicants. The Rogers Development Fund committee will be chaired by Claire Freeland, and include committee members Devan Towers (Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP), Colin Minor (Independent writer and editor), and Neil Campbell (Partner and COO of Landmark Cinemas of Canada Inc.) Each eligible company or individual that receives financing shall be selected by the committee upon review of a proposal, budget, and financing plan.
A strong supporter of independent producers, Rogers Media is currently in production with local production teams on two new original situation comedies, Seed (Halifax) and Package Deal (Vancouver). Both comedies are slated to broadcast this mid-season Rogers Media owned network, Citytv.
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a not-for-profit professional service organization with a mandate to promote and support the growth of screen-based production activities within Alberta. Formed in 1973 as the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, the association was the first of its kind in Canada. The Association has
approximately 200 members and member companies, in Alberta, representing an estimated 2,200 industry professionals — a cross-section of our industry that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, suppliers, lawyers, digital and web-based content creators and students enrolled in film and media studies. See more at www.ampia.org.
About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), is a
diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in television and radio broadcasting,
publishing, digital, and sports entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio
stations across Canada; television properties include six Citytv stations, five OMNI multicultural
television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed
Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet
shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer and online
magazines, such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, L’actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading
publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media’s suite of
digital assets reaches 17 million unique visitors per month through more than 1,000 premium
owned + exclusive and extended network sites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre
stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball
Club. See more at www.rogersmedia.com.
Michelle Lomack, Senior Manager of Communications, Broadcast, Rogers Media
Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association
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