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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2018-09-30, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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CBS Plans Large TV & Film Studio Near Toronto

CBS has secured a long-term lease on a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, 18 miles from downtown Toronto, with plans to establish "CBS Stages Canada," a multi-use production facility that will include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.

"CBS has a strong production history in Canada," said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. "The Toronto area specifically has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found. These new stages will provide valuable resources and additional capacity for our Company's growing production slate."

Between construction, ongoing facility management, production and crafts, the new studio is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the region, with a mid-2019 opening.

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There isn't many 100% Canadian shows on TV, a lot of shows are filmed in Canada with a huge Canadian staff.

Too bad the CRTC doesn't give a point system like they do with music for TV shows "Canadian content". For me, having a foreign show made here is a great accomplishment.
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The CRTC does have a point system for Cancon but it's very heavily biased against US producers and production companies. The result is that a US show can be made with 99% Canadian staff on Canadian soil but still not qualify as Cancon under CRTC rules. For starters, the producer must be Canadian. That alone disqualifies many US shows. Just having two key people be non-Canadians, such as the stars or the director and screenwriter will also disqualify and entire show. That applies to a lot of TV shows made by US studios. The result is that they don't even bother to make Cancon. They just hire the best supporting people away from Canadian producers which lowers the quality of what little qualifying Cancon is made. Then Canadians must pay US studios to watch TV shows and movies made in their own back yard.

So what makes it Canadian?
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Do you really want taxpayer money to help fund NCIS: North Dakota? I'd rather keep the certification system as is but add a second path where telling Canadian stories would also qualify, no matter the citizenship of the participants.

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Qualifying as Cancon and qualifying for financing from organizations such as the Canada Media Fund are not the same. Funding organizations often take Canadian cultural factors into account. Cancon is simply a make work project for Canadian producers and actors.
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They should be calling this Television City North, right?
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Do you really want taxpayer money to help fund NCIS: North Dakota? I'd rather keep the certification system as is but add a second path where telling Canadian stories would also qualify, no matter the citizenship of the participants.
If it's made in Canada by Canadians, why wouldn't it qualify as CanCon for the content rules? I'd rather channels be allowed to make content like that and be allowed to show it as CanCon rather than also having to make some low budget dreck to pad the schedule out.

As ExDilbert mentioned, that isn't the same as qualifying for funding. These shows are being made because there is a market for them, which is the best reason. We should be praising that instead of punishing it.
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Exactly one year to the day after announcing plans to secure a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, CBS Corporation has opened “CBS Stages Canada,” a multi-use production facility that includes six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.

The new facility will provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios’ expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Currently, the Studio produces over 70 series, including top-rated series for the CBS Television Network, critically acclaimed shows for The CW, marquee premium series for the CBS All Access streaming service, and a growing roster of programming for networks and platforms outside of CBS, including several throughout Canada. Currently, CBS Television Studios shoots STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and IN THE DARK in Toronto, in addition to several other productions in Canada, including the reboots of CHARMED and NANCY DREW.

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If it's made in Canada by Canadians, why wouldn't it qualify as CanCon for the content rules?
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What is Canadian certification?

Canadian Program Certification helps independent Canadian producers and broadcasters obtain recognition for productions that use mainly Canadian crews and talent. This certification allows broadcasters to meet their Canadian content regulatory obligations, including their on-screen quotas.

The CRTC certifies a Canadian television program or series that meets the following criteria:
the producer must be Canadian and is responsible for monitoring and making decisions pertaining to the program;
the production earns a minimum of 6 out of 10 points based on the key creative functions that are performed by Canadians;
at least one of either the director or screenwriter positions and at least one of the two lead performers must be Canadian;
a minimum of 75% of program expenses and 75% of post-production expenses are paid for services provided by Canadians or Canadian companies.

What is the points system?

Very often, a book has only one author. Audio-visual productions, on the other hand, require a team of creative personnel to bring them to our screens to inform, enlighten or entertain us. Points are awarded for productions based on the key creative functions being performed by Canadians.

Key creative positions for live action productions*:

Director (2 pts.)
Screenwriter (2 pts.)
First and Second Lead Performers (performer or voice) (1 pt. each)
Production Designer (1 pt.)
Director of Photography (1 pt.)
Music Composer (1 pt.)
Picture Editor (1 pt.)

*note that other rules apply to animation productions
Special rules

Co-ventures: These are non-treaty co-productions where Canadian and non-Canadian producers split 50/50 financing, control and profits. These productions must meet the minimum 6 point certification standard. In recent years, this flexibility has enabled large-scale productions such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Reign.”

Treaty co-productions: They are joint film and television productions that obtain certification by meeting the requirements of various treaties and memoranda of understanding signed between the Government of Canada and several other countries. The various treaties provide significant flexibility to pool resources and creative programming that enjoys recognition as Canadian. Telefilm Canada administers this and works with CAVCO to certify these productions. Recent examples include “Vikings” (with Ireland), “Houdini and Doyle” (with Great Britain) and “Juste la fin du monde” (with France).
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