You can see my summary of the relevant (to primarily tv) parts of the Creative Canada strategy at TV, Eh here.
For my interactive digital media people there are a couple of other interesting points to make.
If the s. 15 report from the CRTC triggers a public consultation, the terms of reference give producers the opportunity to explain how affiliated digital media are essential for discoverability of television programs. That could potentially lead to changes in the Certified Independent Production Fund framework. It’s a long shot but if the door is open you might as well try. [more to follow in a future blog post about the new Bell Fund programs]
Heritage created a Creative Industries Council to be run jointly by Heritage and ISED, which will advise both departments on how to enhance collaboration between industries and allow the creative industries to grow. IDM is all about collaboration and often straddles culture and innovation so there are opportunities there to influence policy to support IDM industries, depending on who is appointed to the Creative Industries Council and what it’s specific mandate is.
Creative Hubs will receive funding to support creative startups to help them create, collaborate and innovate. There’s a lot of potential here for hubs that will support IDM startups.
As IDM could not access the old PromArts and Trade Routes programs, IDM producers should be eagerly waiting to see the details of the new Creative Export Strategy Fund to ensure that it covers IDM and the kinds of export activities that will enhance their success.
I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.
P.S. Oh and a rant is required. Phrases like ‘many of Canada’s federal cultural institutions and funding programs will have implemented concrete measures to make our creative industries more inclusive, by increasing opportunities for women’ drive me mental. Diversity and inclusion is not synonymous with gender parity. Could the government please get working on programs that encourage a wider diversity of talent, stories and decision makers so that our media is more reflective of our audience?