Bell Fund announces decisions for the June 4, 2018 Inaugural Deadline for the TV Pilot Program.

Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, July 5, 2018: The Board of Directors of the Bell Fund announces its decisions following the deadline on June 4, 2018. Nearly $ 2 million in grants has been approved to support 9 Independent Production Companies from British Columbia and Nova Scotia along with Ontario and Quebec. Funding was awarded to 3 Drama and 2 Lifestyle Series in the English language and 2 Drama and 2 Comedy Series in the French language.

1. The following English language projects received Production Grants under the Bell Fund’s TV Pilot Program:

TV Pilot Program
Bad Blood (Season 2)
New Metric Media Inc. & DATSIT Sphère Inc.
Rogers - FX Canada
8 x 60 min
5 years after the death of mob boss Vito Rizzuto, Declan Gardiner is now the king of the Montreal drug trade. That is until a new breed of Mafiosos arrive to wage war and wrestle the city from his grasp.
Crazy Beautiful Weddings (Season 2)
Blue Ant HDTV Productions Inc.
Blue Ant Media - Makeful
10 x 30 min
Your love story isn’t the same as anyone else’s. So why should your wedding be? This season follows the wedding and event planning business of Lynzie Kent – the self-prescribed “anti-wedding” wedding planner.
Murder Procedural (Title - TBC)
Muse Entertainment
Rogers - City TV
8 x 60 min
A rookie Homicide detective’s negligence in a fellow officer’s death has her searching for redemption in her investigations.
Opening: Spain
Riverbank Pictures
Telelatino Network
6 x 30 min
Top Canadian Chefs Rob Rossi and Craig Harding embark on their next epic cooking adventure this time traveling to Spain, the mecca for tapas, wine and ancient food culture. After traveling across Italy, Argentina and Canada, Spain will be the biggest season yet.
Pure (Season) 2
Cineflix Studios
Super Channel
6 x 60 min
Abandoned by her husband and ex-communicated from her church, Anna Funk is forced into a compromising arrangement with the man who resurrected Voss’s cocaine network in Canada. Meanwhile, fallen pastor Noah Funk seeks redemption to win back his family.

2. The following French language projects received Production Grants under the Bell Fund’s TV Pilot Program:
For further details on the projects below, please see our French language website:

TV Pilot Program
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TV5 Unis TV
13 x 30 min
Like-moi (saison 4)
11 x 30 min
Trio Orange
10 x 30 min

Plan B (saison 2)
Productions KOTV
6 x 60 min

The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian media content makers who create and produce engaging content for audiences in Canada and around the world. Bell Fund investments support content development and production for broadcast and digital platforms that are accessible to all Canadians. For 20 years, since 1997, the Bell Fund has invested over $200 million in 2,000 Canadian digital media projects and television programs. The Bell Fund also supports training, research, professional development and promotion for the Canadian media production industry.

The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $16 million from Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. The Fund was also awarded a $10 million endowment from Bell TV which supports the Fund’s development programming. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for- profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and digital media industry.

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