Quebecor Fund to give money to 11 television production companies

Nearly $70 million given for 222 projects over 17 years

The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors has  announced the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive 32nd-round funding under the Fund’s Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) following April 1, 2016 submissions.

In this round, Quebecor Fund will disburse a total of $2,865,000 to the following production companies: 9223-3287 Québec inc. (Wabanok), La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.), District 31 inc. (Aetios Productions inc.), Zone3 inc., Productions Pixcom inc., TVA Productions inc., Productions GFP (VII) inc. (Groupe Fair-Play), Les Productions Bazzo Bazzo inc., Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.), Attraction Images Productions inc. and DATSIT Studios Quinze inc. The eleven selected productions will air on Canadian broadcasters APTN, TVA, ICI Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, Historia (Corus Media) and ARTV.

Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s MPAP has supported 222 projects involving 69 production companies, 39 Canadian broadcasters and 26 foreign broadcasters. During this period, the Fund has distributed more than $62 million to support the multiplatform components of the funded projects (which amounts to 71% of the total sums invested in multimedia by the participating production companies) and more than $7 million to support the television components of the same projects, for a total of nearly $70 million.

Of the funding granted to date by Quebecor Fund to support television and multiplatform production, 25% has gone to programs for children/youth, 26% to documentaries, 39% to variety/performing arts, and 10% to drama.

Quebecor Fund, a major source of financing for Canadian television, event and film production and for digital media content, is an independent fund with a mission to support the development, production and marketing of high-quality content and its exploitation on various interactive platforms that use new information and communication technologies, such as interactive television (ITV), video on demand (VoD), mobile devices and high-speed Internet. Its new Export Assistance Program (EXAP) supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts.

Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron, which provides nearly $7.6 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry.- CNW

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