Launch of Netflix Canada: a recognition of Canada's creative talent and its strong track record in creating films and

 Launch of Netflix Canada: a recognition of Canada's creative talent and its
             strong track record in creating films and television

  Canada NewsWire

  OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2017

The Government of Canada is supporting the creation of Canadian content
through the launch of Netflix Canada

OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Netflix announced an agreement that will see the company create Netflix Canada
– a first of its kind production  company for Netflix outside of the United
States – and invest a minimum of CAD $500 million in original productions in
Canada over the next five years.

Concluded under the Investment Canada Act , the agreement attests to Canada's
creative talent and its strong track record in creating films and television
shows that stand out, both here at home and abroad. The agreement also
reflects Netflix's commitment to being a meaningful partner in supporting
Canadian creators, producers and the Canadian creative expression.

The agreement includes, among others, the following undertakings by Netflix:

  * Establishing a permanent, multi-purpose film and television production
    presence here in Canada, the first time that the company has done so
    outside the United States.
  * Investing at least CAD $500 million over the next five years in original
    productions in Canada that will be distributed across Netflix's global
    platform. As part of this investment, Netflix will continue to work with
    Canadian producers, production houses, broadcasters, creators and other
    partners to produce original Canadian content in both English and French.
  * Supporting Canadian French-language content on the Netflix platform
    through a market development strategy for Canada. Centered on a CAD $25
    million investment, this strategy will include "pitch days" for producers,
    recruitment events and other promotional and market development
    activities.
  * Ensuring that Canadians and Netflix members around the world find Canadian
    films and television shows on the Netflix Service by highlighting and
    promoting those productions on its global platform.

This first of its kind agreement shows that Canada's creativity is a
competitive advantage in the increasing global demand for high-quality film
and television content.  Investments like this one ultimately give Canadian
producers and creators more access to financing, business partners and ways to
connect with global audiences.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to growing our creative industries with
new investments that create opportunities for creators and producers across
the country to make great content that stands out," said the Honourable
Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "This agreement – the first of
its kind in the world – will ensure the investment of more than $500 million
in original production in Canada in both official languages. It signals a
meaningful partnership in supporting Canadian creators, producers and Canadian
creative work, and in bringing that work to millions of viewers around the
world."

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Fans around the world are already falling in love with Netflix originals
produced in Canada. Today's announcement affirms there's more to come as
Netflix launches Netflix Canada, our permanent production presence in Canada. 
We look forward to continuing our work with Canadian talent, producers,
broadcasters and other local partners to create Netflix originals in Canada
for many years to come."

– Ted Sarandos, Netflix, Chief Content Officer

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more information (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press
Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101,
1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

For further information: For more information (media only), please contact:
Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage,
819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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