Canadian Television Fund Annual Report Highlights Funding Successes

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today
released its 2007-2008 annual report, which highlights success stories of
CTF-funded productions and includes detailed analyses of funding results. The
report, which encourages its critics to adjust their perception of the funding
agency, outlines a number of initiatives taken by the CTF in 2007-2008 in its
continued efforts to strengthen board governance and operational excellence.
    This year, the annual report features more extensive trending data,
including five-year trends of some funding results and three-year trends of
Canadian audience viewing data. These in-depth analyses are a valuable
resource for the industry.
    "During the 2007-2008 fiscal year, the CTF supported numerous successful,
popular, and critically acclaimed productions," said CTF President, Valerie
Creighton. "Shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, Mega Builders, Carl
Squared, Providence, and Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire are entertaining
Canadian audiences and are receiving numerous awards, high ratings, and
international sales successes. We are pleased to showcase these exemplary
achievements in our annual report."

    Highlights from the CTF Annual Report 2007-2008 include the following:

    -   466 production and 354 development projects were funded, creating
        almost 2,200 hours of new Canadian programming, with over $242
        million in production funding and almost $9 million in development
    -   CTF-funded shows garnered 426 nominations and 94 wins at the 2007
        Gemini Awards and Prix Gémeaux.
    -   Peak-hour viewing to English shows originating in Canada has grown by
        five percentage points since 2004-2005.
    -   Almost two-thirds of full-day and peak-hour viewing to French shows
        was to Canadian programming.
    -   The ratio of non-regional to regional English producing funding
        remained roughly 60:40 across genres.
    -   More than 9% of total English and French CTF funds were committed to
        minority official-language productions.
    -   A Production Incentive pilot program was launched to balance the
        cross-country distribution of financial support to English
        productions where volumes have declined significantly.
    -   A Digital Media pilot program was developed to build Canadian
        presence on new platforms and enhance audience experiences.
    -   Phase two of the CTF's Guidelines review introduced greater
        flexibility into CTF policies (phase one was conducted in 2006-2007).
    -   Administration expenses were 4.7% of revenues, which is significantly
        lower than the 6% maximum allowed

    "Television plays a critical role in shaping our cultural landscape, and
we look forward to continuing our support of high-quality Canadian television
production and to bringing Canadians the hit shows they love to watch," said
Paul Gratton, Chair of the Board of the CTF.
    The CTF Annual Report 2007-2008 is available at

    About the Canadian Television Fund
    Fostering the growth of television production in Canada through financial
investment and industry research, the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) supports
the development of Canadian talent, programs and audiences. Since 1995, the
CTF has contributed to the creation of over 27,000 hours of Canadian
programming and has infused over $2.7B into the industry, triggering the
production of over $9B of Canadian programming. CTF-supported productions have
cultivated thousands of jobs in the Canadian television sector. For more
information about the CTF, visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Betsy Chaly, Director of
Communications, Canadian Television Fund,, (416) 214-4441

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