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