Participants learn the ABCs of TV/Film and Digital Media industries in an interactive course that provides essential business information from concept to production to distribution. Students are introduced to major television markets and their culture; gain insight into production and distribution opportunities. The course highlights personalized consultation with the instructor(s) who, as long-time industry professionals, provide “real-world” insights into production ideas and proposals. By the end of the three-day workshop, students will thoroughly understand the business imperatives of the industry, and will walk away with a kit of practical, printed resources that they can use immediately or in the future.
The role of the executive producer is not limited to “finding the money.” Their role varies depending on the genre, broadcaster, or production. They are also responsible for the overall quality and success of a production. This involves selecting market-driven projects and working with the producer to pull the appropriate creative team together. In this workshop students will explore the role and responsibility of an executive producer through case studies and role-playing. They tend to work on a number of projects at the same time, each at different stages of production, and often across several different countries. They may view rushes and rough cuts of programmes, and usually have final approval of the edited materials.
Students will understand essential broadcast and distribution contracts, and will gain in-depth knowledge of the various funding and federal and provincial tax credit applications for TV/Film & Digital Media that help create a finance plan and budget. They will also become knowledgeable about various funding-related programs such as the Canadian Media Fund, Bell Digital Media Fund and Rogers Fund, as well as CRTC & CAVCO Canadian certification and all independent Canadian funding bodies.
The most creative figure in episodic television, the showrunner really does “run the show.” They manage day-to-day activities and are engaged in creative aspects of a television series. They write, produce, executive produce, and script edit. Unlike certain executive producers, whose positions are mainly nominal, showrunners are hands-on creators, the kings and queens of the heap. The designation is so important that in Canada, professionals vie aggressively for the title.
Students will learn about aspects of showrunning and how they keep all the balls in the air on a daily basis.
The buying and selling of sports rights is big money and operates in its own niche. Today, however, there are a myriad of ways for sports fans to consume sports content. The process of acquiring rights for major sport events is a science in and of itself. How do buyers go about acquiring these rights? What’s involved in negotiating these rights?