OMDC Newsletter
Summer 2015

OMDC Program Deadlines and News

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

October 29, 2015 - OMF - Music Industry Development Deadline

OMDC Research Grants

OMDC offers financial support directly to incorporated not-for-profit industry organizations undertaking research initiatives that support or complement the mandate of OMDC. Full eligibility requirements and guidelines are outlined in the OMDC Research Grant Guidelines.

We are pleased to announce the deadlines for the Research Grant program in 2015-16:

  • Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Monday, March 14, 2016

Application through the Online Application Portal is now mandatory. New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account. OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OMDC-Supported Research

Interactive Ontario has released a follow-up to its International Digital Media Co-Production Guide, with information on additional countries not explored in the original report. The focus is on six emerging markets in Asia and Latin America: China, India, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. This Phase 2 report includes key information relevant to digital media producers regarding each country, and summarizes the findings of exploratory interviews with Canadian companies who have collaborated in those regions as well as other key stakeholders in Canada and abroad. The research was funded by OMDC, Canada Media Fund and Bell Fund. To read the report, click here.


OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

We are very pleased to announce that the OAP training videos have gone live and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

The Portal Dashboard displays five of the most recent action items by default. To see the full list, click SHOW ALL at the bottom right corner of the Action Items table. You can also remove closed action items from the Dashboard by selecting the HIDE button to the right of the closed items.

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Farewell to Former OMDC Film & TV Consultant - Martin Harbury

On June 12th, Ontario Media Development Corporation bade farewell to our long-time Film & TV Consultant, Martin Harbury who retired after 11 years with the agency. Martin joined OMDC in 2004 after a distinguished career as an independent film and television director, writer and producer, and a former executive in charge of production for CBC dramatic series.

Martin began his film career in 1975 with Insight Productions and made a number of successful films, both dramatic and documentary, at a time when the Canadian independent film industry was just starting to come into its own.

During Martin’s long and distinguished career, he produced dozens of films and television series, winning numerous awards, including: Comic Book Confidential (Genie for Best Feature Documentary); Milgaard (six Gemini Awards, including Best TV Movie or Mini-Series); Peanuts (Chris Award at the Columbus Film Festival, and Best Documentary Feature at California’s Orinda International Film Festival); Little Horse, Big Heart (Gold Award at Worldfest Houston, and Canada’s Sovereign Award); The Truth About Alex (winner of several Gemini Awards including best one hour drama, US Cable Ace Award, and Cine Golden Eagle Award); and Firing Squad (winner, Croix Rouge Monegasque, at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival) -- to name but a few.

While at CBC, Martin conceived and created The Collaborative Vision, a six-month national training program for writers and creators of prime time dramatic series. He has also taught writing for film and television at the Ryerson School of Television Arts, served on the board of the Actors Fund of Canada and was a founding committee member of the Television branch of the Academy of Canadian Film and Television.

Martin was also instrumental in the design and development of a film industry text book: Making It - The Business of Film and Television Production in Canada, to which he co-contributed the chapter on production. He also found time to serve on several Ontario Arts Council Film Juries, and has spoken at many film festivals, seminars and other events.

Prior to finding his home in the film industry, Martin spent three years in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Artillery, where he learned management skills and how to make decisions under pressure. In addition, he spent several years sailing for a living, including two years as skipper of a charter sailing vessel.

While at OMDC, Martin brought his vast industry knowledge to bear, creating and delivering many successful programs including the OMDC Film Fund and the OMDC Export Fund.

Martin’s contributions to OMDC have been greatly appreciated and he will be missed: we wish him all the best as he starts the next exciting chapter in his life.