New B.C. program to support TV projects for drama and children's shows

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      While British Columbia, and particularly Vancouver, is a hot-spot for U.S. television productions to film, the numbers of these productions can be susceptible to changing factors such as the Canadian dollar or competing jurisdictions. However, the B.C. government and Canadian screen organizations are taking further steps to bolster domestic screen industries.

      In the latest such move, the B.C. government and partnering screen organizations announced the launch of a pilot program called Access 2020 today (January 23).

      The program will offer up to $30,000 in support for the early-stage development of children’s and scripted-drama TV projects. Activities eligible for funding include research, script development, scriptwriter hiring, and traveling for pitches or marketing.

      This funding will enable B.C.–based producers to proceed with their projects without having to secure support from a TV broadcaster.

      The program, which has a total budget of $400,000, is a partnership between Creative BC, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Canadian Media Producers Association–B.C. Producers Branch (CMPA-BC).

      Applications are now being accepted until March 11.

      In November, Creative BC launched an $800,000 partnership with the Rogers Group of Funds to support B.C. documentary and factual producers over two years.

      Access 2020 is part of Reel Focus BC, Creative BC’s programs that support the domestic motion picture industry with $2.5 million each year. More information about and application forms for Access 2020 are available at the Creative BC website.

      According to the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, the creative sector supports over 108,900 workers in the province and contributes $6.2 billion to the provincial economy.