In October 2019, Screen Nova Scotia hosted the third annual Nova Scotia Content Market (formerly the Broadcaster & Distributor Forum), a three-day event for emerging and established producers in Nova Scotia to meet with influential Canadian and US broadcasters, distributors and studio executives. This market provides Nova Scotia producers with direct access to industry gatekeepers at the national and international level, across all genres.
Day One: Pitch Training (Emerging Producers)
Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Sponsor: Telefilm Canada & IoM Media
As part of Screen Nova Scotia’s mandate to provide professional development initiatives, day one of the forum was for selected emerging producers, who participated in a full day training program, including an interactive pitch workshop by Kevin Wright (The Optimal Pitch), and a funding info session with Telefilm Canada. Please note that participation on this day is mandatory for emerging producers who wish to take meetings during the market.
Day Two: Familiarization Tour (Studio Executives)
Date: Monday, October 21st, 2019
Sponsor: William F. White International & RBC
New to the event, day two was a private Familiarization Tour for targeted US studio executives (no producer participation during this day). This guided tour showcased Nova Scotia’s key filming locations, along with a stop at our soundstage facility. Provided meals offered a taste of local cuisine, in addition to legendary East Coast hospitality. The tour was facilitated by one of the province’s top location scouts.
Day Three: 1-2-1 Meetings (Established & Emerging Producers)
Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
Sponsors: National Bank of Canada & Canada Media Fund
The main event, with over 200 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings taking place between broadcasters, distributors, financiers, studio executives, and Nova Scotia producers. Attending resource delegates included: Bell Media Drama, Bell Media Factual & Reality, Blumhouse TV, CBC Comedy, CBC Drama, CBC Docs, CBC Films, Corus Drama & Factual, eOne TV, Films We Like, Hallmark / Crown Media, HBO (US), levelFILM, Paramount Pictures, Raven Banner, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Storyboard Media, Super Channel, Youtube Originals, and more!
The event was followed by the RBC Closing Reception for all participants and VIP guests.
The Nova Scotia Content Market is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Canada Media Fund, IoM Media, National Bank of Canada, RBC, Telefilm Canada, and William F. White International.
Applications: Producer applications are now closed!
Questions: If you have any questions about the Nova Scotia Content Market, please reach out to Tara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melanie (email@example.com).
1.) Emerging Producers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the title: Emerging Producer Application Form. Emerging producers who were selected in 2018 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: Emerging producers will be selected based on specific criteria and through a competitive application process. Applications will be evaluated and selected by an independent committee comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry.
2.) Established Producers
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 email@example.com 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: 2019’s event included over 200 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings taking place between 19 broadcasters, distributors, and studio executives, and 42 Nova Scotian film and television producers. For a list of attending 2019 delegates, click HERE.
“The Nova Scotia Content Market 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, NS
“Screen Nova Scotia does more than just encourage content creators to make their film and television projects within their province; they truly support filmmakers, both homegrown and externally. When we are searching for projects to produce and develop, we will now look to Nova Scotia as a viable option to make that happen.” – Brian Nitzkin, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Myriad Pictures (LA, U.S.)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is a pitch-perfect event. Incredibly well organized and curated, it allows for truly meaningful time with the local creative community, and it’s the ideal event to foster new relationships while nurturing existing ones.” — Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Drama, Bell Media (ON, Canada)
“As a veteran of a dozen Nova Scotia Producer Forums, I was thrilled with Screen Nova Scotia’s 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, NS
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is a well-run, highly productive day-long event that provides face-to-face contact with a wide range of Nova Scotia producers — from experienced veterans to the next generation of talent — who bring forth a rich basket of production ideas. It’s a great way to share the latest trends in media and learn about new programming concepts and talent in the province.” – Andrew Johnson, Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual, Corus Entertainment (ON, Canada)
“The Familiarization Tour was great fun and a fantastic snapshot of Halifax-adjacent filming opportunities. The Screen Nova Scotia team are spectacular, knowledgeable, and welcoming.” — Sally Harvey, SVP, Production, HBO (LA, USA)