Canadian Television Fund Renews Digital Media Program

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today
announced that the Digital Media Program has been renewed and has been
increased from $2 million to $10 million dollars for 2009-2010. Guidelines for
this program, which outline the application process, program changes,
criteria, and deadlines, are now available on the CTF website.
    "The tremendous demand for the Digital Media Pilot Program demonstrates
that there is a strong need for this type of funding and that the industry is
transitioning quickly to leverage digital extensions of traditional television
programming," said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the CTF. "The
support provided by CTF funding is critical for producers as they complement
their shows with webisodes, mobisodes, games, and other digital products."
    To access the 2009-2010 Digital Media Program Guidelines, which includes
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;
    -   the program will feature multiple opening dates with graduated
    -   three applications per applicant will be permitted;
    -   the maximum contribution is the lesser of $200,000 or 50% of eligible
    -   10% of the French-language allocation will be set aside for French-
        language producers outside Quebec; and
    -   expenses incurred before April 1, 2009 will not be eligible.

    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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