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CFC Announces the Creation of the NBC Universal Content Creator Program
April 16, 2009

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INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO BRING ORIGINAL CANADIAN MADE CONTENT FOR ALL MEDIA TO INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES

Los Angeles, April 16, 2008 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce the creation of the NBC Universal Content Creator Program. The CFC's NBC Universal Content Creator Program will offer Canadian content creators cross-border relationship building and mentorship in the development and packaging of original concepts destined for an international audience.

The program is designed to bring together talent from across Canada with original concepts to take part in forums and workshops that focus on innovative storytelling, pitching, and packaging. The program harnesses the international expertise of NBC Universal, a global leader in entertainment, to help shepherd talent to successfully develop their ideas for the ever-changing global media landscape. The program will be launched in the Fall of 2009.

"NBC Universal is an industry pioneer that continues to the lead the way in providing creative and innovative entertainment for 21st century global audiences. This unique partnership will address changes in our business and will provide a hothouse environment for Canadian talent to access, collaborate with, and benefit from the expertise within the NBC Universal family”, said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC Executive Director.  “This new program supports CFC's goal of providing unparalleled cross-border relationship building and exposure for Canadian talent and our alumni to excel in the global marketplace.”

"We welcome this promising opportunity to work with the CFC to open new horizons for our Canadian partners and create viable original content," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.  "We look forward to what the future holds in this mutually beneficial relationship -- and the audience will be the ultimate winners."       

“We are thrilled to be teaming with the Canadian Film Centre on this ground-breaking program, which will offer the Canadian creative community an opportunity to showcase its talent and work hand-in-hand with some of the top people in the field,” says Ron Suter, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Canada, NBC Universal Television Distribution and Universal Studios Canada. “And it's a wonderful way for the Canadian Film Centre to conclude their 20th anniversary celebrations.”

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