NSI Business for Producers program launches; seeks Western Canadian content producers running small, mid-sized companies

About NSI Business for Producers training course 2016

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), in association with presenting partner On Screen Manitoba, is pleased to announce the launch of the NSI Business for Producers training program.

NSI Business for Producers is aimed at Western Canadian content producers in television, film and digital media running small and mid-sized enterprises who wish to grow their companies in the domestic and international marketplace.

Interested producers must send their applications to their provincial associations by Monday, May 30, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PT.

The program was developed in consultation with producers, business affairs leaders, suppliers, financiers, broadcasters, distributors and other members of the screen industry.

This five-month program will involve two boot camps, four webinars, homework and regular contact with the program manager and advisor.

Program faculty will be comprised of lawyers, accountants, social media experts, marketers, insurers, financiers and others who work in the screen industry.

“In partnership with On Screen Manitoba, we have designed this program to help Canadian production companies evolve,” said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI director of programming and NSI Business for Producers program manager.

“Producers often get caught up in the energy and focus of individual projects and the stressful, fun, exhausting process, but they need to develop practical tools to still manage current needs and also look to future opportunities.”

The program is unique in that the provincial industry associations in each of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta will be responsible for organizing a jury to nominate up to six applicants from their respective province to NSI.

A jury will then review the nominees to select up to 12 producers headquartered in Western Canada and working in either English or French language markets.

“Provincial industry associations are committed to developing business opportunities for and with member production companies,” said Nicole Matiation, executive director, On Screen Manitoba.

“With support from the federal government, On Screen Manitoba is currently leading a broad-based media industry development initiative in Western Canada that is focused on developing international market opportunities for linear and interactive media producers. The NSI Business for Producers program aligns with the goals of our multi-year initiative and we are pleased to be a part of this new NSI program.”

Unique application process for interested candidates

Read the guidelines. Interested producers must contact their provincial industry association and ask for their consideration to nominate them to NSI Business for Producers.

They must then submit a completed application via email to their member association by Monday, May 30, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PT.

Each of the following Western Canadian provincial industry associations will nominate up to six producers from their province:

Francophone producers

If you work primarily in the French language, live in one of the following provinces** and have company headquarters there, you must apply through On Screen Manitoba.

**Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Please note that the program will be delivered in English.

NSI Business for Producers is supported by Presenting Partner On Screen Manitoba; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New Voices, NSI Features First, Movie Central Script to Screen, Corus Diverse TV Director, NSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.

About On Screen Manitoba

On Screen Manitoba’s partnership with the National Screen Institute is made possible with support from Western Economic Diversification. On Screen Manitoba encourages growth and sustainability in the Manitoba media production industry through the pursuit of external opportunities in the creative and commercial business landscape. We are a non-profit professional association that includes both individuals and organizations representing some 1,500 media production industry professionals. Our members work in all genres and formats – in English, French and Aboriginal languages – and have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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