CANADA MEDIA FUND AND SHAW ROCKET FUND ANNOUNCE $3.3M IN FUNDING TO KIDS’ PROJECTS

The CMF and the SRF were impressed by the quality of applications received for this new program and are eager to see the selected projects come to fruition.

Toronto, June 10, 2019 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) announced today that seven kids’ projects will receive $3.3M in funding as part of their partnership program to fund the production of Canadian digital-first animated series for children and youth. The CMF and the SRF were impressed by the quality of applications received for this new program and are eager to see the selected projects come to fruition.

PROJECT NAME COMPANY CMF SRF
Ara’s Imaginarium Oxus Films $233,333 $116,667
CHAOS Carpe Diem Film and TV $333,333 $166,667
Dounia Tobo $283,333 $141,667
Galapagos X Big Bad Boo Productions $300,000 $150,000
Jeremy Fisher Junior Presents Jeremy and Tunebug Vérité Films $350,000 $175,000
Li’l Santa Di-O-Matic $350,000 $175,000
Piper’s Pony Tales Epic Story Media $350,000 $175,000
Total $2,200,000 $1,100,000

The selected projects will provide entertainment, education, and new experiences for kids. They are original, animated series, in their first season, which meet the CMF’s definition of Children and Youth programming, created initially for digital distribution–including subscription video-on-demand services–on a platform that is meaningfully available to Canadian audiences.

The CMF-SRF Kids Digital Animated Series Program encourages the production of innovative content in today’s media landscape. It gives priority to series that focus on creativity and originality, demonstrate an understanding of the audience through discoverability, have the potential to evolve into a subsequent season or a longer format, and that use technology to increase animation quality.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content for all audiovisual platforms. In addition, it guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by supporting industry innovation, rewarding success, promoting diversity of voices, and encouraging access to content through public- and private-sector partnerships. The CMF receives funding from the Government of Canada and from cable, satellite and IP service distributors across the country. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.

About Shaw Rocket Fund
The Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) is a vital partner of the Canadian children’s media sector in offering children robust world-leading content on all platforms. The Rocket Fund invests in and supports Canadian-made media that reflects Canadian values and diversity, and most of all respects and speaks to children, while positively showcasing Canadian leadership on the world stage. By working with producers, regulators, and government, the Shaw Rocket Fund aims to make quality content for kids a global priority.  Since its inception, the Shaw Rocket Fund has invested over $220 million in 865 Canadian media content for children, family, and youth audiences worldwide.  Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct.

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