VisionTV invites Canadian producers to submit dramedy series proposals



    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - VisionTV, Canada's multi-faith and multicultural
television network, is inviting Canadian independent producers to submit
proposals for an original half-hour comedy-drama series to be broadcast in
fall 2010.
    The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2009.
    VisionTV is seeking to commission a series of between six and 13
episodes. The proposed series must reflect Canada's cultural diversity, and
appeal to VisionTV's core demographic of female-skewing viewers aged 50-plus.
    The proposed budget range is $200,000 to $300,000 per episode. VisionTV
hopes to see principal photography wrapped by the end of March 2010, with a
view to broadcasting the completed series in the fall of that year.
    The call for proposals also emphasizes the need for a Web-based
interactive component that includes the streaming of full episodes online.
    Submissions must be emailed to comedy-drama-proposals@s-vox.com. For
detailed guidelines and the release form, please visit www.visiontv.ca.
    VisionTV's first venture into original Canadian drama production, the
family drama series SOUL, made its broadcast premiere in February 2009. The
six-part series, which was produced for VisionTV by the independent production
company Halifax Film, will be rebroadcast this summer on Monday nights at 9
p.m. ET, starting June 15.
    Said Mark Prasuhn, Chief Operating Officer for VisionTV's parent company
S-VOX: "We are eager to receive proposals from all regions of the country.
Although we are a small and independent broadcaster, we have a long track
record of working collaboratively with independent producers from across
Canada. We are deeply committed to supporting unique, original comedy and
drama that speaks to the lives and experiences of our viewers, and that will
add to the diversity of programming choices available on Canadian television."
    Added Joan Jenkinson, S-VOX Director of Independent Production: "The
experience of developing SOUL deepened our appreciation for the wealth of
independent production talent in this country, and proved to us that it is
possible to create high-quality Canadian drama programming on a modest budget.
We are excited about this new initiative and look forward to receiving some
innovative and imaginative submissions."

    VisionTV (www.visiontv.ca), an S-VOX company, is Canada's multi-faith and
multicultural broadcaster, dedicated to entertaining and insightful
programming that celebrates diversity and promotes understanding and tolerance
among people of different faiths and cultures.





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For further information: Media Contact: David Todd, Media Relations
Manager, S-VOX, Phone: (416) 368-3194 ext 207, Email: dtodd@s-vox.com; Follow
VisionTV on Twitter: www.twitter.com/visiontv

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