Rogers funds award $4.6M across 19 TV projects

Bristow Global Media's Paranormal 911, Shaftesbury's Rex and Eye Steel Films' Agents of Influence are among the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund's picks.
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The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund has invested $4,684,332 across 19 TV projects, including shows from Bristow Global Media, Shaftesbury and Eye Steel Films.

Bristow Global Media’s spooky series Paranormal 911 for Blue Ant Media’s T+E is one of the projects chosen to receive a share of the coin. The docu-drama, which details experiences of first-responders who’ve had paranormal encounters, will premiere in spring 2019.

Shaftesbury’s Rex for FX Canada was also selected. Producers on the upcoming project include Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, July Lacey and Paul Pope. Other productions also attached to FX Canada include The Murders from Murders Productions and season two of Bad Blood. Produced by New Metric Media and Sphère Média Plus, in association with distributors DHX Media and U.K.-based Skyvision, the mob drama was greenlit for a second season by City in March and is set to return for the broadcaster’s 2018/19 schedule.

Eye Steel Films’ Agents of Influence for the Documentary Channel and the BBC will also receive a portion of the fund’s money. Directed by Richard Poplak and produced with South Africa’s Fireworx Media and Chronicle Productions, the doc investigates the architects of the post-truth era and the growing global misinformation complex they’ve helped create.  Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Neil Brandt and Dan Jawitz all serve as producers on the project. Agents of Influence was one of the projects selected for this year’s Hot Docs Forum.

The Documentary Channel projects that received funding include Drive from Sunday Night Entertainment, Meat the Future from prodco Meat the Future, Saving the Greatest Horse Ever Designed from Infield Fly Productions and The Fence from Tortuga Films.

The CBC and the Doc Channel are also both attached to Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind from Insight Lightfoot and A Place of Tide and Time from producer Jean-Simon Chartier.

Season three of Wild Bear Rescue from Omnifilm Entertainment and season two of Dr. Keri: Prairie Vet from Big Lake Vet 2 Films for Animal Planet also received a portion of the funding.

Other funded productions include the final season of Killjoys for Space and U.S. net SyFy, season two of APTN’s Future History from RedCloud Studios, Tribal from Prairie Dog Film + Television for APTN,  D-Day 75 from Yap Films for History Television, You Are Here: A 9/12 Story from M.D.F. Productions and A.I. God from Fathom Film Group for The Movie Network.

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