Important Change in Broadcast Licenses for CMF Aboriginal Fund financing.
IsumaTV [www.isuma.tv] is now considered an ELIGIBLE BROADCASTER to trigger production financing by the Canadian Media Fund’s new Aboriginal Language Fund guidelines. This change in the 2010-11 guidelines allows producers to propose projects to IsumaTV for Eligible License Fees with or without a conventional TV broadcaster. IsumaTV Eligible License Fees may be used to apply for CMF Convergence Stream financing of up to $400,000 for production and $200,000 for digital media.
More information on CMF Guidelines:
Section 3.2.TV.5 of the Aboriginal Program guidelines defines a Canadian Broadcaster:
“A Canadian broadcaster described in (b) above is a broadcaster licensed by the CRTC, including private, public, educational, specialty, pay-per-view broadcasters, and CRTC-licensed VOD services. In this Program only, as a pilot initiative, the CMF may consider a digital distributor to be a Canadian broadcaster for the purposes of providing Eligible Licence Fees to an Applicant based in northern Canada (i.e. Nunavut, the Yukon Territory, or the Northwest Territories) if the CMF determines that the digital distributor: is a company that is Canadian-controlled (as determined for the purposes of sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act); operates in northern Canada; provides services and/or content that is targeted to Aboriginal communities in northern Canada; and licences Eligible Projects for distribution via digital platforms. In such a case, the CMF will interpret the remainder of section 3.2.TV.5 in a flexible manner so as to allow the digital distributor to provide Eligible Licence Fees. The CMF will determine whether a digital distributor qualifies for this pilot initiative on a case-by-case basis.”