Boost for Ir­ish-Cana­dian tele­vi­sion co-pro­duc­tions with fund in­cen­tive

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS - LAURA SLAT­TERY

Tele­vi­sion co-pro­duc­tions be­tween Ire­land and Canada will be boosted un­der a new de­vel­op­ment fund part-fi­nanced by the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity of Ire­land (BAI).

De­tails of the Canada-Ire­land tele­vi­sion co-de­vel­op­ment in­cen­tive for au­dio­vi­sual projects, a fund jointly of­fered by the BAI and the Canada Me­dia Fund, were an­nounced at the Me­di­a­con sum­mit in Van­cou­ver on Thurs­day.

Some €140,000 will be avail­able in the first year of the three-year scheme, which fol­lows a sim­i­lar €120,000 fi­nanc­ing round in 2016, while some 600,000 Cana­dian dol­lars (about €410,000) will be awarded over the three years. Ir­ish and Cana­dian pro­duc­ers seek­ing to de­velop co-pro­duc­tions for broad­cast on tele­vi­sion in both coun­tries have un­til Jan­uary 11th to ap­ply for a max­i­mum award of €35,000 per project.

No­table Ir­ish-Cana­dian drama co-pro­duc­tions in re­cent years in­clude RTÉ thriller Ac­cept­able Risk. The drama was made by Ir­ish com­pa­nies Saf­fron Pic­tures and Soho Moon Pic­tures along­side Cana­dian pro­ducer Facet4, with BAI fund­ing and co-fi­nance from in­ter­na­tional dis­trib­u­tors DCD Rights and Acorn Me­dia En­ter­prises.

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