We're about to see a whole lot more Canadian content from Netflix

30 September, 2017, 15:52 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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Ottawa had been under pressure by Canadian broadcasters to impose a tax on Netflix, akin to fees paid by broad casters, that could be used to fund Canadian programming.

Terms of the deal with Heritage Canada see Netflix committing to creating "a multi-purpose film and television production presence" in Canada, marking the first time it has done so outside the US.

We just learned that Netflix would be playing a major role in the development of Canadian content, with the streaming giant set to spend $500 million over the next five years to fund original Canadian productions.

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Mélanie Joly, the minister of Canadian heritage, said: "The Government of Canada is committed to growing our creative industries with new investments that create opportunities for creators and producers across the country to make great content that stands out". "This agreement - the first of its kind in the world - will ensure the investment of more than $500 million in original production in Canada in both official languages".

The government on its side will give a boost to the Canada Media Fund and spend Dollars 125 million on a creative export strategy.

"Fans around the world are already falling in love with Netflix originals produced in Canada", he said.

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"We simply want Netflix, Amazon and others to play by the same rules as Canadian media and not take money out of Canada without contributing to Canadian programming", said Suzuki, a popular broadcaster and environmentalist.

The minister announced C$125 million over five years to drive exports of cultural productions, and will push for a continued cultural exemption during North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

- Audible, an affiliated company of Amazon, which offers audiobooks on a subscription basis, has launched its Canadian bilingual site with 100 Canadian titles in English and French.

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"In announcing the pact, the Canadian government called out "Alias Grace", a co-production of CBC, Netflix and Halfire Entertainment".


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