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Third Edition of the Pre-Sale Pitch Sessions in Los Angeles



Up to ten (10) established Canadian independent producers with strong dramatic series proposals (including show reels and, if possible, a pilot) will be invited to pitch one project to senior Development Executives from major US broadcast and cable networks during a one-day session to be held on August 9 , 2011 in Los Angeles.



After two successful editions in 2009 and 2010, the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles is proud to present the third edition of these sessions, in collaboration with its Government partner Telefilm Canada and its industry partners Alberta Film, British Columbia Film, the Canadian Media Production Association, Film Nova Scotia, Manitoba Film & Music, SODEC, Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, Ontario Media Development Corporation and SaskFilm.


Financial Participation

Each selected producer will be provided $1,000 CAD from their provincial funding agency to help offset participation expenses.  Each producer will be responsible for providing or accessing any additional funds required to participate.  Producers will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.


Application Process

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter advising of interest in participating in the process,
  • A corporate bio (one page maximum),
  • A producer’s bio (one page maximum),
  • A showrunner bio (one page maximum),
  • A one sheet concept for the proposed project to be pitched,
  • A written statement of the rationale for appropriateness of the project to the US marketplace (one page maximum), and
  • A DVD trailer and/or pilot (if available).  Note - links to FTPs, YouTube or similar sites will be accepted.

Applications may be emailed to Susanne Vaas Email Susanne Vaas or may be mailed to

Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)
c/o Susanne Vaas
151 Slater Street,Suite 902
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5H3


Deadline for applications

Thursday, June 23, 2011, 5 pm Eastern time


Selection Committee

A Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the Provincial Funding Agencies and the CMF will choose up to ten (10) Canadian producers whose dramatic series projects have the strongest potential for pre-sale and are most ready to present and move forward, if greenlit.


Producers will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decisions by Friday, July 8, 2011.

Applications retained by the Selection Committee will be forwarded to the US Development Executives for consideration.  Please note that the US Development Executives will ultimately select the projects for which they would be interested in taking pitches.
Selected producers will be notified of the US Development Executives’ decisions by Friday, July 22, 2011.




Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated track record of the key creative team, in particular the producer and the showrunner. Projects with attached showrunners will receive greater consideration as selected producers should be accompanied by their showrunner during the pitch session in L.A.,
  • Originality and quality of the creative material, and
  • Commercial viability of the proposed project and its demonstrated appropriateness for the US marketplace.


For more information about this initiative, including the application process, please contact Susanne Vaas (CMPA; telephone 613-233-1444 ext. 237; Susanne Vaas Email Susanne Vaas).