Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

Applications Closed


What is it?

The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program is a full-time, 5 ½ month professional TV writing program for emerging to mid-level Canadian writers. This program is recognized industry-wide for training TV series writers and developing new projects for the marketplace.

The fall 2022 cohort of the program is open to Black, Indigenous and/or racialized writers as a way to celebrate and amplify a diversity of underrepresented voices and stories so they can be seen and heard on screens in Canada and around the world. This cohort will focus specifically on comedy writing, with residents engaging in a collaborative comedy series story room.

Program Contact

For questions and clarifications, please contact

Prime Time TV residents working on a concept


5½ months


$8,000 (covered by scholarship)

Program Structure

The program provides a team-based approach to a writers’ room, delivered under the mentorship of an experienced executive producer. Program residents receive “on the job” experience, spending half of the program working on the executive producer’s series, and the other half developing and packaging their own original series.

Applications Closed :


The comedy cohort is for emerging/mid-level Black, Indigenous and/or racialized writers who:

  • Are self-driven and committed storytellers
  • Are ready to engage in a collaborative comedy series story room
  • Are keen to expand their skillsets and TV portfolios
  • Are eager to establish strong creative and industry partnerships
  • Have some professional writing experience
  • Have a comedy series project and/or slate that is ready to develop
  • Have experience in various forms of writing, or transitioning from other forms of writing such as plays, novels, journalism or video games

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $8,000 (covered by scholarship)

Tuition is covered by a full scholarship thanks to the generosity of CFC donors. Monthly bursaries while in program and a relocation bursary are also provided. Please visit Financial Assistance for more information.

There is a $100.00 CAD application fee via PayPal for all Bell Media Prime Time TV Program applications. If the application fee is a barrier to applying, please contact:

Please note that the CFC is not an OSAP-accredited institution.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations, please contact Deborah Fallows, Executive Lead, People & Culture, at:


For questions, please email:

Program Alumni

Alex Levine

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, 2008

Kim Izzo

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, 1999

Andrew Malabre

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, 2012

Bob Mackowycz

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, 2008

Mehrtash Mohit

Film Program, 2022

Lu Asfaha

Fifth Wave Connect, 2020

Film Program (Directors Lab), 2022

Erica Orofino

Film Program, 2022

lead supporter

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program partner

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additional support by

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Eggplant Music & Sound Logo
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Original music supported through:


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Reel Medics in Motion Ltd.

Total Two Way

BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Services

Chubb Insurance of Canada