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.