Broadcaster & Distributor Forum

December 3rd & 6th, 2018

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In December 2018, Screen Nova Scotia hosted the second annual Broadcaster & Distributor Forum, a two-day event for emerging and established producers in Nova Scotia to meet with influential Canadian and US broadcasters and distributors. This event provides local producers with direct access to screen industry gatekeepers at the national and international level, across all genres.

Day One: Emerging Producers
Date: Monday, December 3rd
As part of Screen Nova Scotia’s mandate to provide professional development initiatives, day one of the forum was for emerging producers, who participated in a full day of information sessions and training programs, including an interactive pitch workshop by international consultant Jan Miller, and funding info sessions with Telefilm Canada and Canada Media Fund.

Day Two: Established & Emerging Producers
Date: Thursday, December 6th
Day two saw 200 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings take place between 14 broadcasters and distributors, and 38 emerging and established producers. The delegates in attendance included: Attraction Distribution, Bell Media, CBC Comedy, CBC Docs, CBC Films, Corus Entertainment Drama, Corus Entertainment Factual, D Films, Discovery Networks, Entertainment One, levelFILM, Mongrel Media, Myriad Pictures, and Raven Banner Entertainment (read more about these delegates HERE). The event was followed by a networking Closing Reception for all participants and VIP guests at Primal Kitchen + Bar.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Canada Media Fund, National Bank of Canada, Telefilm Canada, and William F. Whites International Inc.


Emerging Producer Criteria:

1.) Must have a full producer credit on a film that has been selected by a recognized festival within the past year (short films are included) or have a full producer credit on a television series / one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes.
2.) Must have a project currently in development.
3.) Other equivalent experience will be considered an asset (e.g. sponsored training initiatives such as AFCOOP’s Film 5 Program, National Screen Institute, Canadian Film Centre Producers Lab, CMPA / Telefilm Producer Mentorship programs, etc.) Please identify this experience in your application.
4.) Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member (for information on membership, click HERE)

Emerging Producer Application: Emerging producer applicants must submit ALL the following information electronically in a one sheet (.PDF file) via email to with the title: Emerging Producer Application Form. Emerging producers who were selected in 2017 may reapply for this year’s forum, but with a different project.

1.) Resume/bio of applicant.
2.) Briefly identify the steps you will take to advance your career as a producer in the next year.
3.) A project short synopsis (50-60 words) and long synopsis (350-400 words).
4.) Project status (e.g. in development, treatment, first draft etc.) Priority will be given to producers with projects that are in later stages of development.
5.) The project genre (e.g. drama, documentary, comedy) and format (e.g. film, TV, short form, long form, web series, digital).
6.) Any partners/funders attached to the project and a proposed financing structure

Fee: there will be a $50 participation fee for selected emerging producers (there is no cost to apply).

Please Note: Due to limited space on Day One, emerging producers will be selected based on specific criteria and through a competitive application process. Applications will be evaluated and selected by a committee comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry.

Established Producer Criteria:

1.) Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
a. Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes
b. Television series production
c. Feature film that received financing from Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia or NSBI AND/OR had a budget of $1 million or greater
d. Digital media production that received funding from the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, or  NSBI AND/OR has achieved distribution on a reputable nationally recognized platform.
2.) Must have at least one project in development.
3.) Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member (for information on membership, click HERE).

Established Producer Application: Established Producers applicants must submit the following information electronically in a one sheet (.PDF file) via email to with the title: Established Producer Application Form.

1.) Resume/bio of applicant
2.) Full list of credits to date (IMDb links are acceptable)
3.) What was the budget range of your most recent completed project?
4.) What is the budget range of the project(s) on your current slate?
5.) What is the genre (e.g. drama, documentary, comedy, kids) and format (e.g. film, television, short form, long form, web series, digital) of the project(s) on your current slate?
6.) Please briefly outline what objectives you hope to achieve at this event.

Fee: There will be a $150 participation fee for selected established producers. If requested and approved by Screen Nova Scotia, producers may bring a second delegate with them (experienced producer/director/writer) for a fee of $50. There is a maximum of two delegates per company.

Please Note:
If the producer meets criteria and submits ALL the requested application materials, they will automatically qualify for the pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings. However, Screen Nova Scotia can not guarantee the number of meetings that will be scheduled for each producer.

Success Stories: 2017’s event included over 200 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings taking place between 15 broadcasters and distributors, and 40 Nova Scotian film and television producers.

“The Broadcaster & Distributor Forum is one of the most important annual events for Nova Scotia film and television producers. It brings key decision makers from across Canada and the United States to our door to hear our stories. Last year, our company, Pictou Twist Pictures, had many successful pitches, including one with AMC/Sundance which led to further ongoing discussions with them in New York City. What began for us in Halifax last year, thanks to Screen Nova Scotia, has resulted in long-lasting and productive relationships that we are confident will bring success for us and for Nova Scotia’s creative industries.” – Barrie Dunn, Producer, Pictou Twist Pictures

“The group of delegates assembled at this forum was the most relevant, diverse, and useful group I’ve been a part of. From new digital to traditional formats, both Canadian and US companies, Screen Nova Scotia’s Broadcaster & Distributor Forum covered almost every outlet a producer needs to make successful content.” – Michael Robson, SVP, Acquisitions and Business Development, D Films

“As a veteran of a dozen Nova Scotia Producer Forums, I was thrilled with Screen Nova Scotia’s new 2017 event. The calibre of customer potential was deeper, more varied, and more well positioned to make significant investments in Nova Scotia production than any past event. The sense of opportunity and promise in the room from both the perspective of the Nova Scotia producers and the visiting broadcast and distribution customers was genuinely exciting.” – John Wesley Chisholm, Producer/President, Arcadia Content

If you have any questions about the Broadcaster & Distributor Forum, please reach out to Tara ( or Melanie (