CFC Welcomes ABC Signature Studios as Associate Sponsor of Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

CFC Welcomes ABC Signature Studios as Associate Sponsor of Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

Celebrated program for TV writers has developed exciting and unique voices in TV and incubated series successes like Orphan Black and Travelers

Toronto, July 25, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Bell Media are pleased to welcome ABC Signature Studios as the new associate sponsor of the highly touted Bell Media Prime Time TV program. ABC Signature spearheads development and production in premium and basic cable, emerging platforms and off-cycle, direct-to-series programming. Their presence as both a sponsor and U.S. studio partner will directly benefit the Program and its participants, ensuring vital support for the Canadian production industry.

“Our prime time TV program attracts and helps nurture some of the most exciting voices working in TV,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “We are thrilled that ABC Signature recognizes the high level of talent coming out of the program and is committed to providing them with additional opportunities as our associate sponsor.”

“We are delighted to welcome ABC Signature as an associate sponsor of this invaluable program,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Their additional support will allow us to partner in providing important tools for writers and creators to succeed in an increasingly demanding television industry.”

The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature delivers a real world story room experience, an intense professional and project development process for six to eight TV writers a year. Participants spend three months working on an original series intended for the marketplace under the mentorship of an experienced creator/showrunner delivering a rigorous story room experience while building strong collaborative team skills and creative partnerships. During the remaining two months, participants develop their own original series concept through a series of workshops and story sessions while also being exposed to key industry players through business and marketplace meetings.

"As the competition in our landscape gets more fierce, talented writers become more scarce. Partnering with CFC became an obvious target for us given their proven track record identifying up and coming talent and incubating compelling ideas", said Tracy Underwood, SVP ABC Signature. "We're thrilled to meet and help develop these exciting new voices.”

The 2016/17 Program is set to begin in September 2016.

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About CFC
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit cfccreates.com.

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

About ABC Signature
ABC Signature is ABC Studios’ boutique division, spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable, emerging platforms and off-cycle, direct to series programming. Signature is currently in production on the horror dramedy series for Freeform, Dead of Summer, from executive producers Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Ian Goldberg. Additionally, they will co-produce Guerrilla written and to be directed by John Ridley for Sky Atlantic and Showtime set for production in London this summer. Idris Elba will star and produce. Marvel Studios and ABC Signature received a straight to series order for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger which will go into production for FreeForm later this year. Most recently, Signature produced the Emmy nominated film Confirmation along with Groundswell Productions, Kerry Washington and HBO Films for HBO, starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce.


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For media inquiries, please contact:

Margaret DeRosia
Communications Specialist/Digital Writer & Editor, CFC
416.445.1446 x463
mderosia@cfccreates.com

Tamara MacKeigan
Director, Marketing and Communications, CFC
416.445.1446 x304
tmackeigan@cfccreates.com

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