Bell Fund awards $5.5M across 33 TV projects

Seven24 Films and Project 10's upcoming comedy Jann and season four of Cardinal are among the projects that received support.
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The Bell Fund has awarded $5.5 million across 33 TV projects, including season one of Seven24 Films and Project 10′s  Jann and season four of eOne and Sienna Films’ Cardinal (pictured) 

All told 21 English-language and 12 French-language series were supported through the Bell Fund’s TV Pilot Program. The Fund first introduced the new program in September 2017 as one of four pilot programs created in response to the CRTC’s updated policy framework for Certified Independent Production Funds. The TV program aims to support market-driven Canadian TV production for lifestyle, drama and comedy series.

On the English-language scripted side, in addition to Jann (6 x 30 minutes, CTV) and Cardinal (6 x 60 mins, CTV), the Fund has supported season two of  Prairie Pantoons, 335 Productions and Moving Mountoons’ Corner Gas Animated (13 x 30 minutes, Comedy Network), season four of New Metric Media’s Letterkenny (14 x 30 minutes, CraveTV/TMN), the first season of Peacock Alley’s New Eden (8 x 30 minutes, CraveTV/TMN), season three of Pier 21 Films’ The Beaverton (14 x 30 minutes, CTV) and season four of Seven24 Films’ Wynonna Earp (12 x 60 minutes, Space).

In addition, two yet-to-be-announced dramas have also received funding: a 13 x 60-minute drama from DATSIT Sphere for CTV and a six-episode, hour-long series for Global.

On the unscripted side, season two of Frantic Films’ Backyard Builds (14 x 30 minutes, HGTV Canada) received funding, alongside Lone Eagle Entertainment’s Big Food Bucket List (14 x 30 minutes, Food Network Canada), season six of Cineflix’s Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers (8 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada), season six of Alibi Entertainment’s Carnival Eats (13 x 30 minutes, Food Network Canada), Insight Productions’ Destination Dress (6 x 30 minutes, Gusto), season two of Restovate’s Holmes and Holmes (12 x 60 minutes, HGTV), Si Entertainment’s Island of Bryan (13 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada), season five of Big Coat Media’s Love It or List It (26 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada), season four of Rhino Content’s Masters of Flip (6 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada), season seven of Cineflix’s Property Brothers (18 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada), and season two of Great Pacific Media’s Save My Reno (14 x 30 minutes, HGTV Canada) and Worst to First (10 x 60 minutes, HGTV Canada).

Supported French-language projects include several projects from Zone3. Appelle-moi si tu meurs (8 x 60 minutes) for TVA’s Addik received funding, as did season eight of Design VIP (26 x 30 minutes) for Canal Vie, season four of Jérémie (15 x 30 minutes) for Vrak and season two of its Ouvrez, on ne sait jamais! (13 x 30 minutes) for Canal Vie.

Other projects that received support include season three of Productions Pixcom’s Victor Lessard (10 x 60 minutes) for TVA, Productions Kenya’s Belle à ma façon (w/t) for Canal Vie (10 x 60 minutes), Media Ranch’s Goldwater à l’écoute (13 x 60 minutes) for Canal Vie, Productions Pixcom’s Le Mur (8 x 60 minutes) for TVA, season five of B-612′s Les rénos d’Hugo (10 x 30 minutes) for TVA’s Casa, season 10 of ComediHa!’s LOL (14 x 30 minutes) for TVA, season eight of Productions Sovimage’s O’ (12 x 60 minutes) and season three of Attraction Images’ Week-end de bois (9 x 30 minutes) for Ztele.