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The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

ABOUT


The Bell Fund is a not-for-profit organization certified by the CRTC as an independent production fund eligible to receive and administer contributions from broadcasting distribution undertakings.

It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors operating as a comprehensive corporation with representatives from broadcasting, television, new media production sectors and Bell ExpressVu and its affiliates.

The Bell Fund’s mandate is to empower and advance the Canadian broadcasting system.

The Bell Fund:

  • encourages and funds the creation of excellent Canadian digital media and cross-platform projects
  • promotes partnerships and sustainable businesses in the broadcast and new media sectors
  • engages in up-to-date research and sheds light on the latest trends in digital media production, promotion and distribution
  • enhances the national and international profile of industry stakeholders

 

PROGRAMS


 

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Production Program

The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce digital media content that complements and enhances an associated television program. These digital media projects are an opportunity to increase audience engagement and help television producers and broadcasters to capitalize on the value-added benefits of digital extensions.

Eligible projects must have both a broadcast component with a guaranteed broadcast licence from a Canadian broadcaster as well as a digital media component. There must be an association between the two components. Funding for the digital media component is available in the form of grants which may be awarded as follows:

  • A grant of up to 75% of the cost of production of the digital media component, to a maximum of $250,000 per project; in addition to
  • A bonus grant matching any broadcaster(s) cash contribution (licence and equity) to the financing of the digital media component, to a maximum of $100,000.

Funding for the television component is available in the form of grants which may be awarded as follows:

  • A grant of up to 75% of the total Canadian broadcast licence fees (paid directly by the broadcaster) for the program, to a maximum of $75,000 per project (including television series).

 

Low-budget Production Program

The Low Budget production program is meant to encourage the production of high quality, modestly budgeted (max. budget of $100,000) interactive digital media projects that are associated with a television program licensed by a Canadian broadcaster.

Approved projects will receive a grant of up to 75% of the cost of production of the new media component to a maximum of $75,000. As of January 2013 projects that receive Digital Media financing will also be eligible to receive the TV Licence Fee Top-up funding. Eligible Television projects (see Guidelines) can receive up to 75% of Canadian Television Broadcaster Licence Fees to a maximum of $75,000.

This program will accept Applications February 1, May 1, July 15 and October 1 and it is the intent that funding decisions will be announced by the end of the month of application.

 

Performance Accelerator Program

This Program is designed to maximize the opportunities for existing successfuldigital media projects to evolve and iterate in order to optimize audience engagement, monetization and exploitation opportunities on an on-going basis, nationally and internationally.

The Performance Accelerator Program is project based and is intended for upgrades and revisions of eligible existing digital media content to ensure continued success on their existing platforms.  For example, a mobile app with increasing monthly sales may require new levels of content, maintenance, build for additional mobile platforms, promotion; a website or game with high levels of traffic may need new content, maintenance, updated technology or be refreshed to remain viable over longer periods of time; an international distributor may identify content or versioning required to conclude sales, etc.  The program is not intended for simple upgrades or new digital projects based on the brand.

Funding for the digital media component is available in the form of grants which may be awarded as follows:

  • A grant of up to 75% of the cost of production of the Digital Media component, to a maximum of $75,000 per project

 

TV Development

The TV Development Online Program objective is to enhance the development of potential new television programming by supporting the production of “pilot” content produced for online testing. The success of the program will be measured by the number of projects developed and tested by online audiences that are eventually produced for television broadcast.

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, July 15, October 1

 

DM Development

The development program is designed to support the digital media independent production sector. The Bell Fund development program provides funding for digital media content development of digital media projects associated with a TV program or series. Digital media producers will take projects from the concept stage to fully developed production proposals.

Development may include, but is not limited to, activities such as prototype development, detailed production planning, content and technology design, design documentation, budgeting and financing, production scheduling, business and marketing planning, research and testing, and project proposal development. Funding is available in the form of grants not to exceed 75% of the costs of development of the digital media project to a maximum of $50,000.

 

Online to OnTV Adoption Program

This Program is designed to maximize the opportunities for existing digital media projects (such as web series, games, e-books) to be adapted for the broadcast platform.

Web/mobile projects that have achieved recognition on digital platforms may be of potential interest to traditional broadcasters.  The digital media producer may need to develop pitch materials and strategies to demonstrate how their content could be adapted for traditional television time-slots and audiences.

This funding program is designed to support digital media producers who have not had significant relevant television production experience to partner with an experienced television production company in order to create suitable material to pitch to broadcasters in order to encourage their participation in further development.

Projects will receive a grant of up to 100% of approved pre-development expenses, to a maximum of $10,000.

This program will accept applications on two deadlines in 2014: February 1 and October 1.

 

Legacy Program – Production & Development

The Legacy Program supports Canadian television programs that have a proven broadcast track record of success but have never had an associated enhanced digital media component through Production and Development grants.  This program is intended to support the library of outstanding Canadian television programming that is “evergreen”, and continues to attract audiences over the long term and which would benefit from enhanced digital media content.

Eligible television projects must have received at least one licence renewal by a Canadian broadcaster and intend to complement the broadcast with a Digital Media component. There must be an association between the two components.

Production funding for the digital media component is available in the form of grants which may be awarded as follows:

  • A grant of up to 75% of the cost of production of the Digital Media component, to a maximum of $250,000 per project; in addition to
  • A bonus grant matching any broadcaster(s) cash contribution (licence and equity) to the financing of the Digital Media component, to a maximum of $100,000.

Development funding for the digital media component is available in the form of grants which may be awarded as follows:

  • A grant of up to 75% of the cost of development of the Digital Media component, to a maximum of $50,000 per project

Approximately two-thirds of the funds will be designated to support English language projects and one-third for French language projects.

 

 

 

CONTACT


Telephone: (416) 977-8154
Fax: (416) 977-0694
www.bellfund.ca 

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