Annual report

2013

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President's message

Yves Mayrand

The Cogeco Fund: a Fund you can count on!

At the end of 2013, the CRTC announced two important Notices impacting the television industry. One of these Notices focused on the future of television (CRTC 2013-563), to which all Canadian citizens were invited to comment. The other (CRTC 2013-558) proposed a formula to allocate future “tangible benefits” to third party Funds to administer. This is very important to the Cogeco Fund which is one of the eligible certified independent funds approved by the CRTC. In this Notice, the CRTC recognized the track record of these Funds as efficient managers of funding contributions intended to support the growth and the quality of Canadian television programming.

The Cogeco Fund has evolved to meet the demands of the industry since its creation more than 20 years ago. The annual contributions from Cogeco Cable have financed over 215 projects to date, with investments of $33,375,794 in Canadian drama programming. As well as this impressive funding for production, the interest generated by an endowment of $5M which was the result of a tangible benefit contribution (CRTC 90-744), has provided funding for the development of 500 drama projects.

The Cogeco Fund operates at arm’s length from Cogeco Cable, and the decision-making process is transparent and independent. The integrity of our Board ensures that all decisions are made with the ultimate objective of supporting high quality Canadian programming that will appeal to Canadian audiences. We do this on an administrative budget of less than 5% of our revenues. The CRTC has good reason to rely on funds like the Cogeco Fund that have the expertise to select and support the best Canadian drama programming that our producers are creating to entertain and inform consumers of Canadian television.

The list of the accomplishments of the Cogeco Fund and the projects we have supported is long. We are beginning our third decade with confidence. The future is promising and stimulating for content creators who are exploring new forms of story-telling on different platforms with exciting possibilities. The Fund will continue to encourage the highest levels of inspiration and creativity to ensure that our industry strives to provide television drama that Canadian audiences love, and share with viewers around the world. To do this, we count on our management teams in our Montreal and Toronto offices, and our committed and independent Board of Directors.

Yves Mayrand, President

Pre-development

The program

Pre-Development Funding (for series, mini-series and MOW’s)

In recognition of the need to stimulate the creation and development of innovative concepts, the Cogeco Fund accepts requests for funding for the “pre-development” of dramatic productions that have not yet obtained broadcaster support. The objective of this program is to provide an opportunity to producers to finance third party costs incurred to develop the project sufficiently in order to present it to broadcasters and other financiers to obtain development commitments and financing.

Pre-development

The projects

Blackhatters

Series
Production companies:Duopoly Canada, Epitome Pictures
Producers:Catherine Tait, Stephen Stohn
Screenwriter:Allan McCullough

Histoires de coeur

Series
Production company:Carte Blanche Films
Producer:Tracy Legault
Screenwriters:Julian Doucet, Sophie Goulet, Jean-Michel Le Gal

Irreconciliable Differences

Series
Production company:Markham Street Films
Producers:Judy Holm, Michael McNamara
Screenwriter:Judy Holm

Kawaii

Series
Production company:Portfolio Entertainment
Producer:Julie Stall
Screenwriter:Lisa Hunter

Ombres grises

Series
Production company:Films Zorba
Producers:Pierre Beaudry, Diane Boucher
Screenwriter:François Papineau

Space Hawks

Series
Production company:Panacea Entertainment
Producer:Josh Miller
Screenwriter:Josh Miller

WikiDead

Series
Production company:Media-Max
Producer:Karine Martin
Screenwriter:Avrum Jacobson

Development

The program

Development program

The Cogeco Program Development Fund (“Development Program”) was established by COGECO Inc. and its affiliate Cogeco Cable Inc. to encourage the development of new scripts by Canadian writers for dramatic television programs, to be produced by independent Canadian producers, primarily for private sector broadcasters, in English or French, or preferably in both languages.

Series, MOW’s, Mini-series development

To be eligible for support, an applicant must be a Canadian producer with a minimum of two years production experience and have produced at least one broadcast Canadian television drama. Eligible projects include dramatic series, movies-of-the-week and two-part mini-series which have received development support from a Canadian broadcaster. Funding is in the form of interest-free advances to be reimbursed according to a written contract duly executed.

Since October 2007, eligible projects in development may qualify for up to $5,000 for the development of a cross-platform proposal to adapt or create original content based on the television projects, for other distribution platforms such as websites, mobile content, interactive television or podcasts.

Development

The projects

L'agence paranormale

Series
Production company:Avenue Productions
Producers:Marc Poulin, Josée Desrosiers
Screenwriters:Stéphane Lapointe, Stéphane Bourguignon, Pierre-Marc Drouin
Broadcaster:TVA

La disparition

Series
Production company:Productions Casablanca
Producer:Joanne Forgues
Screenwriters:Normand Daneau, Geneviève Simard
Broadcaster:Séries +

Le cri

Series
Production company:Attraction Images
Producer:Josée Vallée
Screenwriter:Johanne Seymour
Broadcaster:Séries +

Les belles histoires des pays d'en haut

Series
Production company:Productions LBH inc.
Producers:Vincent Gagné, François Rozon, Sophie Deschênes
Screenwriter:Gilles Desjardins
Broadcaster:ICI Radio-Canada

Production

The program

Production program

Under the terms of CRTC Public Notice 1997-98 regarding contributions to Canadian programming by Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings (BDUs), the BDUs controlled by Cogeco Cable Inc. are directing 20% of their requisite funding contributions to a production program. These contributions to the Cogeco Program Development Fund (“Production Program”) are used to encourage the production of prime-time movies-of-the-week, mini-series and pilots for dramatic series. These productions must be produced by Canadian independent producers for broadcast by either private or public broadcasters.

To be eligible for support, an applicant must be a Canadian producer with a minimum of two years production experience and have produced at least one broadcast Canadian television program.

Theatrical feature films that have received development funding through the Cogeco Fund’s Theatrical Feature Film Development Program, and which have a broadcast licence and meet all of the other conditions of the Production Program, will also be eligible for production funding.

Financial support is provided in the form of an equity investment. The Fund will participate in recoupment and profits according to certain conditions set by contract.

Feature film development

The program

Feature film development program

To be eligible for support, a Canadian independent producer must have produced within the past 5 years, at least three theatrically released or broadcast productions from the following categories: feature film, movie-of-the-week, or mini-series; at least one of these must have been theatrically released. Development funding is available for production companies with a slate of at least three feature films in development. Funding is in the form of an interest-free advance of which 50% is to be reimbursed on the first day of principal photography of any one of the projects submitted and the balance to be reimbursed on the first day of principal photography of any other project submitted.

The events

2013

Canadian Screen Awards 2013

Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)
Date:February 27, 2013 - March 3, 2013
Location:Toronto

Breakfast with a Decision Maker

Banff World Media Festival
Date:June 9, 2013 - June 12, 2013
Location:Banff

Prix Gémeaux 2013

Académie canadienne du cinéma et de la télévision (ACCT)
Date:September 12, 2013 - September 15, 2013
Location:Montreal

Contact us

Cogeco Fund

Montreal

4200, boul. Saint-Laurent, bureau 503
Montréal (Québec) H2W 2R2
Téléphone: 514-845-4334
Télécopieur: 514-845-5498
Cour. élec.: info@fondscogeco.ca

Toronto

2 Carlton St., Suite 1709
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 977-8966
Fax: (416) 977-0694
Email: info@cogecofund.ca

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