Bitten, The Pinkertons among latest Bell Fund grantees


The Bell Fund has invested $3.5 million across 24 projects in its latest round of funding, including Proper Television’s Blood, Sweat and Tools and the third season of Orphan Black.

With this latest round of financing the Bell Fund has distributed $17 million in 2014, a record for the fund. The English-language television programs and their complementary digital media content that received grants through the fund’s production program in its latest round include Proper Television’s Blood, Sweat & Tools (Discovery Canada), GAPC Entertainment’s MathPlosion! The Math Behind The Scenes (TVOkids), the third season of Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black (Space), Sinking Ship Productions’ Playdate (Disney Jr.), the fifth season of Property Brothers from Cineflix Productions (W Network), and Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong (Teletoon).

French-language TV projects and their complementary digital content that received funding through the production program include Productions Squeeze Craque-Cracked (Teletoon) and Quiet Motion’s Rires du monde (TV5).

In the low budget production program, projects (broadcast and digital media) receiving funding include Trio Orange’s Alexandre et les conquerants (Explora), the 2015 edition of the Canadian Screen Awards (CBC), Lark Productions’ Emergency Paramedics: Life + Death on the Streets (Knowledge Network), From the Four Corners of the Earth (VisionTV), Apartment 11 Productions’ Mystery Files (TVO), Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures’ The Pinkertons (CHCH) and  the second season of Bitten, produced by No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television and Hoodwink Entertainment in association with Space.

DEEP’s Into the Inferno received funding under the Bell Fund’s development program, and DHX Media’s Body Heat (CBC), Secret Location’s The Collective (CBC) and TVA Productions’ Scene de crime (Groupe TVA) received grants under the Bell Fund’s TV development online program.

In the professional development stream, programs that received funding include The Documentary Organization of Canada’s DOC Institute Savvy Producer Series, the Youth Media Alliance’s English Language Awards of Excellence, the 2015 edition of the CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa, the Rencontres cinématographiques de Québec’s Carton Connection Canada and the Regroupement producteurs multimédia’s Rendez-vous d’affaires numériques du RPM.