CTVglobemedia underscored its commitment to training Canadian television writers and producers with a contribution to the National Screen Institute -Canada (NSI) of $650,000 over five years.
This contribution, to support the NSI Totally Television training program, extends the partnership established many years ago between CTV and NSI. The creation of NSI Totally Television was made possible through CTV and the CTV-BCE Benefits back in 2002. With this current extension of support, thanks to the CTV/CHUM Benefits, Canadian television writers and producers will continue to receive the training they need to take the next steps in their careers and to help advance their projects towards securing development and broadcast deals.
"CTV is committed to reinvesting in the growth and success of the Canadian television industry," says Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.. "Over the years we've seen our support of NSI Totally Television pay huge dividends in the professional training provided to the next generation of television content creators. NSI graduates produce quality series concepts that have been developed and broadcast nationally, providing great Canadian programming. We're very proud to continue this partnership with NSI."
"NSI and CTV have a strong history as partners in training," says Susan Millican, National Screen Institute CEO. "It's a vote of confidence that CTV has chosen to continue its support of NSI Totally Television. It can take years for a television show to move from idea to script through development and finally to the TV screen, meaning that long-term commitment to training is necessary to ensure long-term results."
NSI Totally Television is an intensive and individualized TV series development program for writer/producer teams. Its ten month curriculum culminates with attendance at the Banff World Television Festival where participants pitch their projects to broadcasters.
NSI Totally Television success stories include:
• Todd and the Book of Pure Evil by writer Craig D. Wallace and producer Anthony Leo is in development with CTV. Eight scripts have been commissioned for SPACE, part of the CTV network.
• Wapos Bay by writer Dennis Jackson and producer Anand Ramayya first aired on APTN in May 2005. This fall, the third season of Wapos Bay will air on APTN while the forth season is going into production. It has won numerous national awards including the prestigious Canada Award at the 2006 Geminis. The award honours excellence in mainstream television programming that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Canada. Most recently it won Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series at the 2007 Geminis.
• 'da Kink in My Hair by writer Trey Anthony and producer Damion Nurse aired on Global in fall 2007 and has been picked up for a second season.
• Less Than Kind by writer Marvin Kaye and producer Chris Sheasgreen is in production with Rogers.
• This Space for Rent by creator/producer Jason James and creator/writer Nick Citton aired as a one hour pilot in January 2006 on the CBC as part of Comedy Week. The series was further developed and two more episodes were produced that aired on the CBC in January 2007.
• rebound by writer Karen McClellan and producer Nicole Hamilton went through development with CTV.
• The Big Switch by writer Nicole Demerse and producer Laura James went through development with YTV.