Canadian Film Centre delves into co-production training with Canwest Broadcasting, BBC and BBC Worldwide to bring international television creators together



    CFC announces the Canada - UK Script Incubation Program

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - CFC (Canadian Film Centre) announced today with
the BBC, BBC Worldwide and Canwest Broadcasting, the creation of its first
international co-production training program: The Canada - UK Script
Incubation Program. This is the first of its kind in Canada and will foster a
new level of collaboration between Canadian and UK television writers. With
the participation of Canwest, the BBC and BBC Worldwide, the program aspires
to be an exciting model for the successful co-production of television
properties. Ultimately, the program will build a skill-set for successfully
developing projects designed for Canadian and UK co-production.
    The Canada - UK Script Incubation Program will provide six television
drama writers, three from Canada and three from the UK, the unparalleled
opportunity to be mentored by some of the leading Canadian and UK story
consultants/writers working in television today. The program is based on an
exchange model and will begin in 2009. Participants will take part in
workshops, case studies, story and script meetings. The program will further
develop their concepts, significantly enhance their knowledge of the
co-production development processes, increase their ability to manage
international co-production and strengthen their ability to effectively
conceive, write and deliver projects for co-production. The goal is that the
projects developed through this program would receive a television license or
development deal.
    "For 20 years we have established shared learning and creative
partnerships for talent. Today with the launch of our first co-production
program we now bring Canadian storytellers to the world," said Slawko Klymkiw,
Executive Director, CFC. "With the support and commitment of Canwest
Broadcasting, the BBC and BBC Worldwide to this incubation program, we are
taking the best practices from both countries to benefit and strengthen
international content development in the television industry."
    "Canada is home to some of the best creative writing talent in the
world," said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest. "This
program allows Canadian writers to share their stories, explore creative
partnerships and really spread their wings. Canwest is proud to play any part
in the development of these wonderful dramas that will be watched, and
embraced, by audiences around the world."
    "BBC Drama is committed to training and investing in writing talent and
CFC's innovative programme is a fantastic opportunity for us all to discover
new talent and work with our Canadian partners," said Julie Gardner, Head of
Drama, BBC Wales. "We look forward to welcoming our Canadian guests next
Spring."
    "The key to great television is a great script. This initiative
underlines BBC Worldwide's commitment to supporting a new generation of
writing talent, while our distribution network offers them an international
stage on which to showcase their work," said Wayne Garvie, Director of Content
and Production, BBC Worldwide.

    About Canwest Broadcasting

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media
Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

    About BBC Drama

    BBC Drama is a world leader in producing much-loved and
critically-acclaimed dramas including Cranford starring Dame Judi Dench,
Doctor Who starring David Tennant and EastEnders. BBC Drama is committed to
supporting writing talent and the BBC Writers' Academy offers writers the
chance to hone their skills alongside the very best in British industry
talent. The BBC is the only UK broadcaster to train writers to write
television drama, and the writing course is the only one in the world that
guarantees the opportunity to work on prime time television.

    About BBC Worldwide

    BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned
subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists
to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence payer
and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has
seven core businesses: BBC Worldwide Channels, BBC Worldwide Content &
Production, BBC Worldwide Digital Media, BBC Worldwide Global Brands, BBC
Worldwide Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines and BBC Home Entertainment. In
2007/08, BBC Worldwide generated profits of (pnds stlg)117.7 million on sales
of (pnds stlg)916.3 million.

    About the CFC

    CFC celebrates 20 years of launching Canada's most creative ideas and
voices in film, television and new media to the world. As Canada's largest
institution for advanced training in film, television and new media, CFC
proudly has more than 1000 alumni working in Canada and abroad. A leader in
the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, CFC is committed to promoting
and investing in Canada's diverse talent and during this anniversary year will
launch new programs that will continue to bring inspiring storytellers to the
world. For more information please visit: www.cfccreates.com





For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Tamara
MacKeigan, Communications, CFC, (001) (416) 445-1446 x304,
tmackeigan@cfccreates.com; Barry Patterson, Director, Communications, CFC
(001) (416) 445-1446 x314, bpatterson@cfccreates.com


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