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Report on Canadian English-Language Drama Recommends a New Focus on Audience-Building

July-2-2003

Lawyer Tara Parker, David Zitzerman
Area Entertainment, Communications

Summary

A May 23, 2003 report prepared by Trina McQueen entitled “Dramatic Choices: A Report on Canadian English-Language Drama” for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission and Telefilm Canada addresses the current state of English Canadian television drama. The Report by Ms. McQueen, a well known and widely respected former broadcasting executive, offers a number of recommendations which are designed to encourage the growth of Canadian audiences for “homegrown” drama. It also suggests a number of improvements to the Canadian Television Fund - a private-public initiative created by the federal Canadian government and the Canadian Cable industry with an annual budget of over (Cdn.) $200 Million and which operates 2 complimentary programs: The Equity Investment Program and the Licence Fee Program.

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