The Canadian Television Fund releases 2007 Stakeholders Report and announces new Board members



    BANFF, AB, and TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund
(CTF) released its second report to stakeholders this morning at a public
meeting at the Banff World Television Festival. The Stakeholders Report 2007
provides the latest information from the CTF, including a comprehensive
summary of activities and funding results for 2006-07. It was presented by
Mr. Douglas Barrett, Board Chair, Mr. Bruce Ryan, Chair, Finance and Audit
Committee, Mr. Michel Carter, Independent Board member, Ms. Valerie Creighton,
CTF President, and Mr. Stéphane Cardin, Vice President, Strategic Policy
Planning and Stakeholder Relations.
    "The CTF is dedicated to ensure maximum transparency and clarity to all
our stakeholders," said Douglas Barrett, CTF Board Chair. "We have expanded
the breadth of our reporting and welcome the opportunity to provide the
industry with meaningful and detailed information."

    
    Highlights of the Stakeholders Report 2007 include the following:

    -   CTF revenues for 2006-07 totalled $273.5 million;
    -   95.5% of funds supported CTF programs;
    -   4.5% of funds went to the combined administration of both the CTF and
        the Television Business Unit at Telefilm, which administers all CTF
        programs;
    -   370 development projects were funded, with total development budgets
        of more than $20 million;
    -   509 production projects were funded, with total production budgets
        equalling $880 million;
    -   Total CTF-funded programs included:
        -  57 English-language dramas and 32 French-language dramas;
        -  41 English-language and 26 French-language Children and Youth
           programs;
        -  165 English-language documentaries and 119 French-language
           documentaries; and
        -  18 English-language and 37 French-language Variety and Performing
           Arts programs
    -   2,297 hours of new Canadian programming were generated by CTF-funded
        programs.
    

    In addition, the CTF outlined priorities for 2007-08. "In the past year,
the CTF invested considerable effort in stakeholder consultation to encourage
more dialogue about program priorities," said CTF President, Valerie
Creighton. "The CTF is committed to refining our Broadcaster Performance
Envelope (BPE) allocation process, including a discussion of factor weights
and the approach to measuring audience success. We will also continue with
important policy work including the second phase of our Guidelines review, an
examination of our Special Initiatives and a discussion on the funding of
content intended for new platforms."

    Maintaining Best Governance Practices

    At a meeting held earlier today, the CTF Board of Directors considered
proposed by-law amendments intended to formalize the current administrative
practices of the CTF. Amendments relating to governance and internal financial
controls are part of the Board's ongoing efforts to strengthen the governance
practices of the CTF.
    Given the current CRTC Task Force on the CTF and a concern raised about
the timing of the by-law consideration, the Board deferred formal approval of
the amendments pending the completion of the CRTC review process.
    "We will continue to use practices such as the double majority for all
major Board decisions to ensure independent oversight of our work," said Mr.
Barrett.

    Four New Members Elected to CTF Board

    Four new members were elected to the 2007-08 Board: Mr. Dale Taylor
(Independent member), nominated by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Mr.
Dean MacDonald (Independent member) and Ms. Alison Clayton, both nominated by
the CCTA, and Mr. Serge Bellerose, nominated by the CAB. In addition, 13
standing members were renewed to its 20-member Board.
    Mr. Douglas Barrett, CTF Board Chair, was re-elected for another term of
one year. The Chair of the CTF Board sits as an Independent member.
    "The CTF Board brings together considerable industry expertise," said
Mr. Barrett. "It's one of the few national forums that represent such a wide
range of sectors. I would also like to thank outgoing Board members Mr.
Jean-Pierre Blais and Ms. Lori Assheton-Smith for their dedication, acumen and
expertise brought to the CTF Board. Their contribution, especially through
their efforts on the Independent Committee, has strengthened CTF governance
and decision making," notes Mr. Barrett. "I welcome and look forward to
working with the new Board members. Their expertise and proven track record
will be true assets as we continue to evolve and improve our support to the
Canadian television production community."
    The CTF Board comprises senior representatives from Broadcast
Distribution Undertakings (BDUs), Canada's cable and direct-to-home providers,
CBC/SRC, the Department of Canadian Heritage, broadcasters and producers. Each
member is responsible for appointing members to Board. Five members must be
independent.

    The 2007-08 Board includes:
    (*) Independent member

    Douglas Barrett(*) (Chair of the Board)
    Executive Chairman
    PS Production Services Ltd.

    Canadian Heritage nominates five independent members

    Dale Taylor(*)
    President and CEO
    Graystones Media Group

    Bruce Ryan(*), CA, CFA
    Vice-President, Finance & CFO
    Ember Resources Inc.

    Gail Scott(*)
    Board Member, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

    Anne-Marie Jean(*)
    Executive Director for Culture Montreal

    Vacant

    The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) nominates a
total of three members, including one independent member:

    Dean MacDonald(*)
    President and CEO
    Persona Communications Corp.

    Robin Mirsky
    Executive Director
    Rogers Communications Inc.

    Alison Clayton
    Independent Consultant

    The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) nominates
two members:

    Scott Garvie
    Senior Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs
    Shaftesbury Films Inc.

    Paul Pope
    Senior Producer
    Pope Productions

    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) nominates four members:

    Judith Brosseau
    Senior Vice-President, Programming and Communications (Canal D, Historia,
    Séries+)
    Astral Media Inc.

    Corrie Coe
    Director, Programming Administration
    CTV Television Inc.

    Andrew Eddy
    Vice-President, Program Strategy and Investment
    Corus Specialty Television

    Serge Bellerose

    Vice President, New Media and Business Affairs
    TQS Inc. and COGECO Radio-television Inc.

    The Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec
(APFTQ) nominates one member:

    Claire Samson
    President and CEO
    l'Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ)

    The Association for Tele-Education of Canada (ATEC) nominates one member:

    Michèle Fortin
    President and CEO
    Télé-Québec

    The CBC-SRC nominates one member:

    Marcela Kadanka
    Senior Director, TV Arts & Entertainment
    CBC Television

    The Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE)
nominates one member:

    Michel J. Carter, C.A., MBA, ADM.A(*)
    Former President and Chief Executive Officer of TQS Inc. and
    COGECO Radio-télévision Inc

    The Canadian direct-to-home satellite industry nominates one member:

    Vacant

    The Canadian Television Fund was created in 1996 as a private-public
partnership to support the production and broadcast of high-quality Canadian
television programs. Over the past ten years the CTF has contributed 2.2
billion dollars to support 4,470 productions. This has resulted in more than
23,000 hours of great television for Canadians and has triggered more than
7.4 billion dollars in production volume across the country.





For further information:

For further information: MaryBeth McKenzie, Director of Communications,
(416) 544-7489 - mmckenzie@canadiantelevisionfund.ca

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