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The IPF Board of Directors approved funding for 15 scripted drama series (9 English / 6 French) designed and produced for exploitation on the web and is making equity investments of $1.4 M in these projects. This unique funding program was created last year to support the exploration and potential for high quality, story driven drama for web audiences. The selection process required the evaluation of 160applications which were short-listed to 30 web series from production companies across the country.

An international jury and the Board evaluated projects based on content, production styles and processes, formats, business and promotion models, audience potential and revenue. Jury members included Mio Adilman, Web Columnist CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi; Sophie Dufort, vice-présidente Médias interactifs Chaînes Télé-Astral; Henry J. Gagnon, président HGagnon Distribution Inc.; Veronica Holmes, President ZenithOptimedia Digital (ZED); Marti Resteghini, VP Network Programming KoldCast; and Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier, Managing Director Head of Sales Distribution360.

The IPF has established a “Wip dashboard” linking to all of its funded web series. To see the 2010 projects, go to www.ipf.ca/webseries

The following productions are the recipients of the IPF’s 2011 web drama series program:

Project Title

Producers / Creators / Production Company

11 règles – Season 2

11 x 3-5 minutes

QC

Studio Whimz

Producer: Steve Kerr

Writer: André Gulluni

Bill & Sons Towing

8 x 8 minutes (episodes)

8 x 5 minutes (podcasts)

ON

Ready, Set, Panic

Producers: Charles Ketchabaw, Mark De Angelis, Shawn Bailey

Writer: Mark De Angelis

Le chum de ma mère est unextra-terrestre

12 x 5 minutes

QC

Voyous Films

Producers: Marie-Claire Lalonde, Gabriel Allard-Gagnon

Writer: Éric K. Boulianne

Director/Creator: Kim St-Pierre

Dakodak – Season 2

8 x 8 minutes

QC

Van Der Lol

Producer: Julien Roussin Côté
Writers: Alexandre Soublière, Anita Rowan
Director/Creators: Laurence Morais-Lagacé, Sébastien Landry

Juliette en direct – Season 2

10 x 3 – 5 minutes

QC

Les Productions Passez Go

Producer: Vicky Bounadère

Writer: Yvan DeMuy

Director: Marie-Claude Blouin

Manigances

13 x 6 minutesQC

Kebweb.Tv

Producers: Isabel Dréan, Simon Côté
Writer: Ghislain O’Prêtre
Directors: Isabel Dréan, Simon Côté

Moderation Town, Season 2

7 x 10 minutes

NS

Stitch Media

Producers: Evan Jones, Victoria Ha, Michael Schaus

Writers: Evan Jones, Michael Schaus, Stephan MacLeod

Director: Mark Mullane

Pilotes

10 x 4 minutes

QC

Vivaweb

Producers: Nicholas Vachon, Jean-Pierre Morin, Francine Forest

Writers: Patrick Dupuis, Jean-Philippe Duran

Director: Christian Laurence

Prison Dancer

12 x 5 minutes

ON

Prison Dancer Productions

Producers: Ana Serrano, Romeo Candido, Derek Chua, Carla Serrano

Writers: Romeo Candido, Carmen de Jesus

Director: Romeo Candido

Ruby Skye P.I., Season 2

12 x 3-8 minutes

ON

Story 2.OH

Producers: Jill Golick, Kerry Young, Karen Walton, Steven Golick

Writer: Jill Golick

Director: Kelly Harms

Runaway

14 x 5-7 minutes

BC

Leaping Lizards Productions Inc.

Producers: Liz Scully, Leonard Terhoch

Writer: Liz Scully

Director: Liz Scully

Interactive Services Co.: Zeros 2 Heroes

Space Janitors

10 x 4 minutes

25 x 3 minutes (blog)

ON

Brooms in Space Productions Inc.

Producers: Davin T. Lengyel, Geoff Lapaire

Writer: Geoff Lapaire

Uberdude

11 x 4 minutes

ON

Smiley Guy Studios Inc.

Producer: Jonas Diamond

Writer: Jeremy Diamond

Director: Denny Silverthorne

Verdict

15 x 5 minutes

MB

Frantic Films

Producers: Shaun Johnson, Shawn Watson, Jamie Brown, Tammy Marlowe Johnson

Writer: Tammy Marlowe Johnson, Mike McIntyre

Interactive Service Company: Tactica Communications Inc.

Your Lupine Life

13 x 4 minutes

SK

Karma Film, T3 Digital Productions

Producers: Anand Ramayya, Torin Stefanson, Teri Armitage

Writers: Torin Stefanson, Teri Armitage

Director: Torin Stefanson

The Board of Directors also announced its funding decisions for one television drama series:

Projects

Production Company

Broadcaster(s)

Degrassi, Season 11

Epitome Pictures MuchMusic, The N (US)

The IPF works in collaboration with the Cogeco Program Development Fund, to recommend funding for additional dramatic television series. The following television drama series for private broadcasters were approved for equity financing by the Cogeco Fund:

Projects

Production Company

Broadcaster

Guardians Wapos Bay Productions Inc. APTN
Highland Gardens Epitome Pictures Inc. CTV / MuchMusic
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 5 Shaftesbury Murdoch V Inc. City TV
Toute la vérité 3 Sphère Média Plus Groupe TVA
Toopy & Binoo – The Puppets Écho Média Treehouse

The IPF also continues to support training and professional development activities. The following organizations received professional development grants:

Organization

Events

Academy of Canadian Film & Television (ACCT) 26th Annual Gemini Awards
Atlantic Film Festival Strategic Partners
Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Primetime Television Program
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 26th Film & TV Forum
Youth Media Alliance 2011 Children, Youth & Media Conference

The Independent Production Fund is incorporated as a private foundation with charitable status. It operates on the interest generated by a $35 M endowment, and by recoupment from its investments. An independent Board of Directors representing the industry oversees the operations of the fund and makes all investment decisions.

Funding partners for the Pilot Web Series Program includes:

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The IPF also administers the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

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