Television and Web-Based Production Fund

By mmuise
Description:

This program is designed to support the production of television and web-based projects that have an acceptable market trigger for broadcast or distribution and sufficient third party financing to complete the project. The fund provides financial support in the form of equity investments for producers to bring their projects to the screen.


Comments on Funding:

Television Stream - Funding will be offered in the television stream in the form of an equity investment with the following caps:
1. For a scripted, fictional series or mini-series (drama or comedy), the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $500,000; OR
b) Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
c) Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
2. For a scripted, fictional MOW or pilot (drama or comedy), the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $165,000; OR
b) Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
c) Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
3. For documentary and variety programming series and mini-series, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $125,000; OR
b) Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
c) Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
4. For documentary and variety programming one-offs and non-scripted pilots, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $50,000; OR
b) Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
c) Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
Web-Based Stream - Funding will be offered in the web-based stream in the form of an equity investment with
the following caps:
1. For a scripted, fictional series or mini-series (drama or comedy), the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $100,000; OR
b) Up to $500/per broadcast minute (# of episodes x minutes per episode); OR
c) Up to 30% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
2. For a scripted, fictional one-off (drama or comedy), including pilot, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $35,000; OR
b) Up to $500/per broadcast minute (# of episodes x minutes per episode); OR
c) Up to 30% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
3. For documentary and variety programming series and mini-series, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $25,000; OR
b) Up to $500/per broadcast minute (# of episodes x minutes per episode); OR
c) Up to 30% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
4. For documentary and variety programming one-offs, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
a) Up to $12,500; OR
b) Up to 15% of the total production budget; OR
c) Up to 30% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

Television Stream – The applicant must:

  • be a resident Manitoba producer, defined as a producer who operates a production company in Manitoba that is majority owned and controlled by Manitoba residents. Note: Applications must be submitted by an eligible Manitoba resident producer;
  • demonstrate the ability of the production team to successfully manage and complete the project (ex. Track record based on previous productions of similar scope in terms of “on schedule,” “on budget,” etc.). The Onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this;
  • have proof of ownership in the property and the necessary, corresponding current rights to produce and exploit the production (may be shared in the case of a co-production or co-venture);
  • have eligible projects, including:
    a) be a series, mini-series (a minimum of two thematically connected episodes), pilot, MOW, or one-off;
    b) be a scripted and fictional drama or comedy, documentary, variety, or children’s production;
    c) be live-action or animation;
    d) have confirmed, verifiable financing of at least 75% of the total production budget at the time of application;
    e) have an eligible cash broadcast licence or distribution advance / minimum guarantee from an industry-recognized distributor, or pre-sales of at least 30% of the production budget;
    f) have received separate licence fees for all convergent element rights, including streaming rights, VOD and ancillary element rights.
    Web-Based Stream – The applicant must:
  • be a resident Manitoba producer, defined as a producer who operates a production company in Manitoba that is majority owned and controlled by Manitoba residents. Note: Applications must be submitted by an eligible Manitoba resident producer;
  • demonstrate the ability of the production team to successfully manage and complete the project (ex. Track record based on previous productions of similar scope in terms of “on schedule,” “on budget,” etc.). The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this;
  • have proof of ownership in the property and the necessary, corresponding current rights to produce and exploit the production (may be shared in the case of a co-production or co-venture);
  • have eligible projects, including:
    a) be a series, mini-series (a minimum of two thematically connected episodes), pilot, MOW, or one-off;
    b) be a scripted and fictional drama or comedy, documentary, variety, or children’s production;
    c) be live-action or animation; d) have confirmed, verifiable financing of at least 75% of the total production budget at the time of application;
    e) have secured one or more of the following two “triggers”:
    i. A fully executed letter of commitment or contract with a web “broadcaster”
    with an industry-recognized track record. Projects with cash advances will
    be considered stronger;
    ii. A fully executed distribution letter of commitment or contract with a webcontent specialist distribution company with an industry-recognized track record.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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