OMDC Newsletter
March 2014

Ontario’s Film and TV Production in 2013 –Another Billion Dollar Year!

Murdoch Mysteries

Film and television activity contributed $1.15 billion to the provincial economy in 2013 – and 2014 is off to a very strong start with 33 productions already shooting or in prep. compared to 22 at the same time last year.

Ontario Talent in the Spotlight at Kidscreen Summit 2014

Each February, creators of children’s content gather in New York City for the Kidscreen Summit, a four-day conference and market event showcasing children’s youth entertainment products from around the globe. For the second year in a row, OMDC partnered with the Youth Media Alliance Medias Jeunesse (a national non-profit organization dedicated to the support of high quality screen-based content for children and teens) by providing meeting tables at the summit for Ontario producers to network and do business at the Summit. OMDC was also pleased to be a sponsor of Computer Animation Studios of Ontario’s (CASO) booth showcasing the incredible talent and quality of Ontario’s animated productions.

New this year, OMDC presented a networking breakfast bringing together Ontario and Irish delegates. At the breakfast, Ontario’s Conor Holler from Xenophile Media, presented a case study of their transmedia project, Time Tremors. This exciting and ambitious project includes: a live-action television component, an online web-series enhanced for mobile and an online Treasure Hunt game that combines innovative storytelling connecting children with cultural museums and art galleries in their game quest. Time Tremors showcased Ontario’s innovation in producing engaging children’s content. Overall, delegates welcomed the networking opportunity and were engaged and inspired by this case study that sparked conversations and connections all around the room.

Special congratulations goes to Xenophile Media who were awarded with an iKids Award for Time Tremors as Best Learning App for Smartphone. In addition, OMDC would like to congratulate all the Ontario nominees for Kidscreen Awards: Nelvana/HIT Entertainment, Mike the Knight nominated for Best Animated Series for Preschool; 9 Story Entertainment, Camp Lakebottom for Best Animated Series for Kids; Sinking Ship Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventure Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids; and three Nominees for Best Companion Website, Kratts Brother and 9 Story for Wild Kratts, marblemedia for Splatalot and Secret Location (in association with Temple Street Productions and Family Channel) for The Next Step Interactive. OMDC is proud to support excellence in children’s entertainment productions.

OMDC UK TV Drama Mission In Partnership With Film London and MIDAS

OMDC organized the recent UK TV Drama Co-production Mission from Feb. 24-28 to explore new opportunities for big budget TV drama production spurred by the new UK TV Drama Tax Credit. In partnership with Film London and MIDAS (Manchester's economic development agency), 10 Ontario producers spent five days in London and Manchester meeting UK colleagues, exchanging project ideas and touring key production and post-production facilities to build on relationships of the past and establish the foundation for new partnerships. The Ontario television companies that participated in the mission included: Aircraft Pictures, Darius Films, Don Carmody Productions (DCP), eOne, Inner City Films, Mulmur Feed Co., Pier 21, Riverside Entertainment, Take 5 Productions and White Pine Pictures - all with projects in development suitable for UK co-production.

The OMDC UK TV Co-production Mission on location in Manchester.
(L to R) Anthony Leo, Aircraft Pictures; Tecca Crosby, Entertainment One; Melissa Williamson, Pier 21; James Weyman, OMDC; Peter Raymont, White Pine Pictures; Fred Fuchs, Riverside Entertainment; Alphons Adetuyi, Inner City Films; David Cormican, Don Carmody Productions; Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC; Nicholas Tabarrok, Darius Films; Michael McGowan, Mulmur Feed Co.; Gina Vanni, Take 5 Productions