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CFC Delves into Co-production Training With Canwest Broadcasting, BBC and BBC Worldwide to Bring International Television Creators Together
September 6, 2008


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Toronto, September 6, 2008 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre) announced today with the BBC, BBC Worldwide and Canwest Broadcasting, the creation of its first international co-production training program: The Canada - UK Script Incubation Program. This is the first of its kind in Canada and will foster a new level of collaboration between Canadian and UK television writers. With the participation of Canwest, the BBC and BBC Worldwide, the program aspires to be an exciting model for the successful co-production of television properties. Ultimately, the program will build a skill-set for successfully developing projects designed for Canadian and UK co-production.

The Canada – UK Script Incubation Program will provide six television drama writers, three from Canada and three from the UK, the unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by some of the leading Canadian and UK story consultants/writers working in television today. The program is based on an exchange model and will begin in 2009.  Participants will take part in workshops, case studies, story and script meetings. The program will further develop their concepts, significantly enhance their knowledge of the co-production development processes, increase their ability to manage international co-production and strengthen their ability to effectively conceive, write and deliver projects for co-production. The goal is that the projects developed through this program would receive a television license or development deal.

"For 20 years we have established shared learning and creative partnerships for talent. Today with the launch of our first co-production program we now bring Canadian storytellers to the world," said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. "With the support and commitment of Canwest Broadcasting, the BBC and BBC Worldwide to this incubation program, we are taking the best practices from both countries to benefit and strengthen international content development in the television industry.”

“Canada is home to some of the best creative writing talent in the world,” said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest.  “This program allows Canadian writers to share their stories, explore creative partnerships and really spread their wings. Canwest is proud to play any part in the development of these wonderful dramas that will be watched, and embraced, by audiences around the world.”

“BBC Drama is committed to training and investing in writing talent and CFC's innovative programme is a fantastic opportunity for us all to discover new talent and work with our Canadian partners,” said Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales.  “We look forward to welcoming our Canadian guests next Spring.”

“The key to great television is a great script. This initiative underlines BBC Worldwide's commitment to supporting a new generation of writing talent, while our distribution network offers them an international stage on which to showcase their work,” said Wayne Garvie, Director of Content and Production, BBC Worldwide.

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