Canadian Television Fund Expands Production Incentive

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today
announced that the Production Incentive, launched as a pilot program in
2008-2009, has been renewed for 2009-2010 and has been increased from $5
million to $10 million. The goal of the incentive is to balance the
distribution of financial support to productions across Canada by encouraging
production where volumes have declined significantly.
    "The pilot program was successful in generating an increase in production
volume in Quebec in 2008-2009," said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of
the CTF. "In Atlantic Canada, the decline in production in recent years was
lessened as a result of the incentive; however, there is still room for
improvement, so the Production Incentive will be renewed for 2009-2010 in that
area. Also, British Columbia and the Yukon and Northwest Territories saw a
significant decline in the past year, and the CTF is working to reverse this
through the Production Incentive."
    For more information on the 2009-2010 Production Incentive, including
application procedures and deadlines, please visit The
following are a few highlights:

    -   the amount of funding available in 2009-2010 is $10 million;
    -   funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis until all
        funds are disbursed;
    -   applications must be submitted by December 7, 2009;
    -   $1.9 million is allocated to English-language productions in Atlantic
    -   $8.1 million is allocated to English-language productions in British
        Columbia and the Yukon and Northwest Territories; and
    -   the incentive will take the form of a licence fee top-up, consisting
        of 10% of a project's eligible costs up to a maximum of $1 million
        per project.

    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,
Communications, Canadian Television Fund,, (416) 214-4441

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