- New innovative program provides hands-on training in both broadcasting and
independent production environments -
- Accelerator Lab is latest program supported by the $1.8 Million Bell Media
TV Skills Development Initiative -
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TORONTO, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today the creation of an
immersive and innovative new apprenticeship program to help develop the next
generation of small-screen producers in Canada. With a yearly commitment of up
to $1 million, the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab is a catalyst to
fast-track the advancement and skills of qualified television producers. The
latest program supported by the Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative,
one of Canada's most extensive broadcaster-supported training funds, the Bell
Media Producer Accelerator Lab provides emerging producers from across Canada
with the opportunity to gain unique hands-on experience - at both Bell Media
and at leading production companies - to assist them advancing their careers
within Canada's TV industry. Bell Media will announce application details
later this spring, with the program expected to launch by the end of the year.
The long-term objective of the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab is to
ensure the next generation of producers are ready to meet the ever-changing
demands of producing Canadian television and, as demand for Canadian
programming continues to grow, enlarge the pool of talented, experienced
producers from which Canadian broadcasters can partner.
The Producer Accelerator Lab joins current national training programs that the
Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative supports in association with
leading TV and film organizations, with overall funding of up to $1.8 million
each year. The programs include the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program
(Writers Guild of Canada), the Bell Media National Fellowship Program (Banff
World Media Festival), the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film
Centre), the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), the
Business Management for Media Professionals Program (Women in Film and
Television - Toronto), the Media Leadership Program (Women in Film and
Television - Toronto), and Totally Television (National Screen
Institute)*.Together, the programs ensure a comprehensive range of training
across disciplines, and at different career states, for Canada's up-and-coming
"Canadian television production is burning more brightly than ever. With our
stated goal to feature prestige Canadian programming in primetime on CTV on
every night of the week, and as we continue to commission more and more
original content on our specialty channels, there is an increasing need to
fuel the fire with even more accomplished producers," said Kevin Crull,
President, Bell Media. "Today's announcement is an investment in the future of
"There is momentum in Canadian development and production right now, and the
Accelerator Lab will help propel it further forward," said Corrie Coe, Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "We hope to help set the
stage for next period of growth in our industry."
Experiential and experimental, the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab has two
A) Broadcaster Internship
-- Up to 10 participants each year will partake in a group-based
curriculum during a multi-week internship at the Bell Media's
-- Participants will be exposed to the fundamental operations of a
Canadian broadcaster, including learning about the business
model and economics of Canadian broadcasting.
-- Participants will participate in rotations with the various
Bell Media departments involved in Canadian production, such as
Development, Programming, Business Affairs, Regulatory,
Marketing and Communications, Research, News, In-House
Production, Sales, and Brand Partnerships.
-- Travel and accommodation are provided for each participant.
Additionally, participants would attend one festival/conference
relating to television/digital production as guests of Bell
B) Production Mentorship
-- Then, top producers from the Broadcaster Internship each year
will advance to a specialized 8-10 month mentorship experience
at a production company or Bell Media In-House Productions.
-- Bell Media will leverage its relationships with its independent
production partners and in-house productions to tailor each
mentorship placement. The mentorships could include independent
producers creating comedy, drama, or reality/factual
programming, as well as in-house news, sports, or entertainment
production at Bell Media.
-- The successful participant(s) will receive up to $50,000 each
payable over the duration of their mentorship.
Applicants for the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian
citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must hold a degree or diploma with
an emphasis on television or film studies, or have an equivalent four years of
production experience. Full details will be announced in the coming months.
About the Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative
The $1.8 million Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative is a suite of
national training programs, exclusively funded by Bell Media, which ensure a
comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and
showrunners in the Canadian television industry at different stages of their
careers. The Initiative supports 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 National Fellowship Program (Banff World Media Festival), which
encourages professional development in the television industry by enabling
emerging producers, writers, and directors to attend the festival and take
part in mentorship activities; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian
Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media
Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast
and production experience for emerging producers; the Bell Media Showrunner
Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), which develops showrunner knowledge and
management for TV writers; the Media Leadership Program (Women in Film and
Television - Toronto), a biennial program designed for mid to senior-level
women and men who want leading-edge academic knowledge and contemporary
business and leadership skills required in the Canadian screen-based industry;
the Business Management for Media Professionals Program (Women in Film and
Television - Toronto), a certificate program essential for emerging media
professionals who want to understand the business of film, television and
interactive production; and Totally Television (National Screen Institute)*,
which delivers hands-on series development for writers/producers.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and
most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian
independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success
stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game
changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED (working
title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT,
and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the
hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty
channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK, and
upcoming drama BITTEN, as well as reality series PANIC BUTTON and hit game
show MATCH GAME, and factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and LAST CAR STANDING.
In total, Bell Media ordered 27 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put
35 scripted projects into development.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in
television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to
excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media
owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network,
and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1
specialty channel, and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel.
Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the
TheLoop.ca, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX,
NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media,
please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
*The NSI's Totally Television program is currently on hiatus pending approval
of the proposed Astral/Bell Media transaction.
Anika Malik, Bell Media, 416.384.3530 firstname.lastname@example.org
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