Barri Cohen is an award-winning producer, writer, and director. She co-produced Phyllis Ellis’ Toxic Beauty (2019) and is currently completing a feature documentary for the Documentary Channel.
If the CBC wants to remain relevant and "disrupt" the system, then it needs a model to rival Netflix and take Canadian content beyond bite-sized morsels.
The landscape for documentary funding is mighty parched and could use the infusion of potential new players—even Netflix.
How do we figure out new rules with a policy framework that still has Canadian culture and cultural job protection in the mix?
Unless the CRTC can be persuaded by powerful lobby groups, we won’t get the chance to revisit program categories and this group licencing regime until 2014.
Canadian broadcasters are forced into making promises they’ll inevitably break, and find themselves dealing with pesky independent producers.
Starlight: The Canadian Movie Channel, helmed by Norm Bolen and backed Robert Lantos, could really help Canadian creators and audiences.
An interview with Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott on their work with Red Queen Productions with docs like Dish, Hot Rollers and Girl Inside.
The CRTC gave a resounding and historic 'no' to Bell's bid to acquire Astral Media. What does that mean for the Canadian landscape?
"Ever since Bell Media announced its $3.38-billion purchase (subject to regulatory approval) of Astral Media, I’ve been worried," notes our policy columnist.
With Harper’s new federal austerity budget we are subjected to attacks on things like seniors, the environment, public health and—what a cliché—arts and culture.