Saskatchewan Entertainment Funding at Risk

CBC is reporting that the planned closing of the Saskatchewan Communications Network, the province’s public educational broadcaster, could jeopardize nearly $1 million of Canada Media Fund money that had been allocated to the province.  That amount, according to SCN Matters (which describes itself as “an ad-hoc group of viewers, voters and television industry personnel concerned with the government’s decision to terminate the operations of SCN”), could be distributed between around 20 different programs.

The SCN Matters website includes links to a variety of different news stories covering the announced closure of SCN and the reaction, including this story in The La Ronge Northerner:

The government’s decision to eliminate the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) met with dismay among local filmmakers.

“It limits our opportunities for production. I’m not sure who will fill the gap of Saskatchewan- based production,” Randy Johns, of Keewatin Career Development Corporation (KCDC), a La Ronge-based production company, said in an interview with The Northerner.

The SCN website includes an annual report, which provides detailed information on the revenue and expenses of the network.


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Bob Tarantino

About Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino is Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and focuses his practice on the interface between the entertainment industries and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of the creative process, from development to delivery and exploitation.

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