Julie Bristow reemerges with IP development and funding company, Content Catalyst Fund

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'The problem is women working in the content industry do not enjoy the same access to influence and capital, despite market data proving conclusively that female-driven content is profitable. The CCF intends to change that,' says Bristow.

Nearly 11 months after Julie Bristow left her post as president and CEO at BGM, the veteran executive has reemerged with a new venture focused on content “developed, delivered and designed by women and about women.”

Content Catalyst Fund (CCF), a Canada-based development and funding company, has been seeded by Bristow and a “small circle of like-minded investors.”

The fund, which will initially focus on unscripted content before also branching into scripted, will provide development funding towards projects from women creators in the near term. In the long term, its objective is to find projects with the potential for equity investment.

“The Content Catalyst Fund aims to catalyze the creation of stories for what is believed to be an underserved global market: stories made through a female lens,” said a statement issued today (Sept. 29) by the new company.

Joining Bristow is long-time collaborator Mona Minhas – the former VP of finance at Rogers Communications – who will serve as chief financial officer.

“There are no end of amazing female creators out there – and no end of audiences hungry for stories told through the female lens,” said Bristow in a statement. “The problem is women working in the content industry do not enjoy the same access to influence and capital, despite market data proving conclusively that female-driven content is profitable. The CCF intends to change that. We believe there has never been a better time to rethink and redesign the way women make content for women. At CCF, content will always be queen.”

Bristow, who is among Canada’s foremost production executives, has remained largely quiet in the time since she announced her departure from BGM (formerly called Bristow Global Media). After founding the company in 2013, Bristow and her team built a robust roster of unscripted offerings including Hockey Wives100 Days to Victory and Canada: The Story of Us. Following Bristow’s departure, the extent of the financial pressures on its parent company Kew Media became apparent, with Marlo Miazga stepping into the role president and CEO role at BGM, which was later acquired by Sphere Media following the collapse of Kew.

Prior to founding BGM, Bristow was the executive director of studio and unscripted programming at the CBC.