CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR 19 CANADIAN FILMS
Jewison Production among the Recipients
Next Submission Deadline for Funding September 30, 2009
(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Corus Made with Pay Fund. For this round, a total of 19 films, representing the work of Canadian filmmakers from Lunenberg, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia have been selected for development funding support.
The Corus Made with Pay Fund recipients include:
- Academy Award® nominated Canadian filmmaker Norman Jewison and son Michael Jewison who team up on High Alert inspired by Jewison’s original feature Russians Are Coming, Russians Are Coming. With writers Rick Mercer (The Rick Mercer Report, Made In Canada) and Ed Riche (Life with Derek, The Nine Planets, Made In Canada) produced by Sandra Cunningham, directed by Norman Jewison.
- Screenwriter William D. MacGillivray and producer Terry Greenlaw of Picture Plant Ltd. (Stations, Life Classes) for Bear, based on the Governor General Award-winning novel by Marian Engel, touted as the most controversial novel written in Canada.
- Producer Damon D’Oliveira (Lie with Me, Poor Boy’s Game), screenwriter Ian Carpenter (ReGenesis, Summer of Love) and Conquering Lion Pictures for What Happened Later, a novel by Ray Robertson about a young man infatuated with the legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac and his classic book On the Road.
- Markham Street Films and The Globe and Mail film columnist and screenwriter Johanna Schneller for Sailor Girl, based on the novel by Sheree-Lee Olson.
Administered by Movie Central, the Corus Made with Pay Fund provides financial support to Canadian television and film productions at various stages of development. Since 2003, the Fund has contributed $11 million in financing towards the development of feature-length films and original television drama series.
The latest film projects approved for funding are:
Six Island Productions
Screenwriter: Noura Kevorkain, Paul Scherzer
Ameland Films Inc.
Screenwriters: Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn
Screenwriter: William D. MacGillivray
Dilemma Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Dennis Foon
Sarrazin Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Suzette Couture
Rugged Media West
Screenwriter: Vekeana Dhillon
High Alert Productions Inc.
Screenwriters: Ed Riche, Rick Mercer
January Films Inc.
Screenwriter: Craig Martin
Lawrence & Holloman
Ameland Films Inc.
Screenwriters: Matthew Kowalchuk, Daniel Arnold
Little Red Turnbuckle
Screenwriter: Amy Cameron
Screenwriter: Monica Hilborn
Portraits of You and Me
Holiday Pictures Ltd./Fire Horse Productions Ltd.
Screenwriter: Julian Kwan
Markham Street Films
Screenwriter: Joanna Schneller
Screenwriters: Richard Elliott, Simon Racioppa
Screenwriter: Stephanie Chapelle
Enigmatico Films Inc.
Screenwriters: David Mortin, Patricia Foliato
The Sons of the Hammer
Screenwriter: Jonathon Sobol
To the Wedding
Screen Siren Pictures
Screenwriter: Tessa McWatt
What Happened Later
Conquering Lion Pictures Inc.
Screenwriter: Ian Carpenter
The next deadline for new applications for funding from the Corus Made with Pay Fund will be September 30, 2009. Applicants should note that new submission deadlines will be implemented starting September 2009, shifting deadlines to September, February and June.
Details on the application process, guidelines and deadlines for the Corus Made with Pay Fund are available on Corus Entertainment’s website at www.corusent.com under Television, in the Industry and Talent Development section.
Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay TV service available to western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to Showtime and HBO content, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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