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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for the 2020 edition of NSI Totally Television, presented in association with Bell Media. The course offers customized training for Canadian producer/writer teams to develop story ideas into polished packages for the global marketplace.
Now entering its 17th edition, NSI Totally Television continues to evolve its curriculum and deepen its faculty pool to best prepare students and their projects for next-level success.
Up to four teams will develop their television projects with the best showrunners and story editors in the country. Past guest faculty includes Aaron Martin (Another Life, Slasher, Degrassi), Karen Walton (Orphan Black), Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern (X Company), and executives from Halfire (Alias Grace), Sundance Productions, Take the Shot Productions (Frontier, Caught), WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), IPG (Intellectual Property Group), Bell Media and CBC.
This 12-month distance learning course consists of two phases, each with an in-person boot camp intensive in Toronto. Teams work with story editors to fine-tune their script and concept, and meet a thoughtfully curated slate of pitch and audience engagement consultants, execs from major broadcast networks, streaming services, and production and distribution companies to deepen their market intelligence to best identify where their project fits.
Teams advancing to phase two attend Content London in December 2020.
“With the recent success of 2018 projects DeGeneration and Wolfville – which are both being further developed by production companies – I’m excited to launch this year’s call for applications for NSI Totally Television,” said Joy Loewen, program manager and NSI acting executive director.
“Changes to the course introduced last year, including a stronger focus on global business and creative opportunities, have been invaluable for participants and the success of their projects, and I look forward to continuing that progress this year.”
NSI Totally Television faculty are program advisor Julie Di Cresce and program manager Joy Loewen.
Find out more and apply for the course by September 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. EST.
NSI hosted a Q+A webinar for potential applicants in August. Program manager Joy Loewen, program advisor Julie Di Cresce and alumni Michelle Ouellet, Nicholas Carella, Stephanie Ouaknine and Sarah Goodman shared tips and advice on the course and answered questions from attendees. A video of the full webinar is available to watch.
The course gets results: both phase two projects from the 2018 edition of the program were picked up by production companies for further development, six series have been produced, five series have been optioned, one project was produced as a feature film and 3,000+ jobs have been created in Canada’s screen industry through NSI Totally Television projects.
NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and CBC Gem; and Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
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