2015 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Now Accepting Applications

— September 22, 2014

[The 2014 program] far exceeded my expectations.
- Lauren Grant, past participant  

An amazing opportunity to . . . expand my professional network anddeepen my understanding of the Canadian television landscape.
- Shane Corkery, past participant 

Avery unique and special experience . . . [it was] defining, rewarding, andextremely enjoyable.
- Sally Karam, past participant

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TORONTO(September 22, 2014)BellMedia announced today that applications are now being accepted for the secondannualBell Media ExecutiveProducer Accelerator Lab,a two-part program designed to assist the career advancement of mid-levelCanadian producers. Interested candidates can visit BellMedia.cato apply. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday,November 6 at 5 p.m. CST withthe program scheduled to begin in February 2015. The BellMedia Executive Producer Accelerator Labis part of Bell Media’s TV and Film Skills Development Initiative, which invests$12.3 million annually in a suite of national training programs.

“We arepleased to once again offer the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Labprogram and provide participants with a deeper understanding of thecomplexities and challenges of television production in today’s environment,”said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media.“Through this initiative, producers will gain new knowledge and skills that willhelp further their careers as part of the next generation of Canada’s executiveproducers.”

“The Bell MediaExecutive Producer Accelerator Lab far exceeded my expectations,” said LaurenGrant, one of the participants in the inaugural program held earlier thisyear.“It was specific, detailed, educational, informative, and fun, and reallyhelped me connect the dots between the broadcaster and the producer.”

There are two componentsto the Bell Media ExecutiveProducer Accelerator Lab:


The broadcasterinternship trains up to six producers in a group-based curriculum during asix-week internship at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters. Participants areexposed to the internal operations of a Canadian broadcaster while learningmore about the complex business model and economics of Canadian televisionproduction and its relationship to broadcasting through hands-on sessions withinternal departments, panel discussions with industry experts, and explorationof case studies and coaching sessions.


Following the broadcasterinternship, up to three participants will be selected for a specialized eightto 10-month senior-level production apprenticeship with a top independentCanadian production company or Bell Media In-House Productions. This placementwill span of the life of one program cycle and is intended to expose theparticipant to the Executive Producer’s role and responsibilities, and providemeaningful access to the day-to-day running of a large-scale series. Companiesthat hosted participants in 2014 include Marble Media, Temple Street, andShaftesbury.

Applicants for theBell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadiancitizens or landed immigrants over the age of 19. Applicants must hold a degreeor diploma with an emphasis on television or film studies, or have anequivalent five years of production experience.

About theBell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative

The $12.3 million BellMedia TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of nationalmentoring and promotional programs, whichensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors,and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at differentstages of their careers. Currently, five of these multi-year initiatives areexclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World MediaFestival, theBell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guildof Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds whointern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media PrimetimeTV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development forTV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer AcceleratorLab,which provides immersive andexperiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; theBell Media Showrunner Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), which developsshowrunner knowledge and management for TV writers; theNSI TotallyTelevision Program (National Screen Institute), a training course forwriters, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing adevelopment deal with a broadcaster; and the TelefilmTalentFund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging andestablished filmmakers.

About BellMedia Independent Production

Bell Media hascommissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed originalprogramming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in thecountry. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THELISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking,Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New toCTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam officecomedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among thescripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the three-timeEmmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, themost-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo’s most-watched newdrama 19-2, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES, dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, and the upcomingKILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual seriesHIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.

About BellMedia

With passion and anunrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and buildsbrands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through theplatforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia companywith leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digitalmedia. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’smost-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services,including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder ofpremium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada’slargest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 marketsacross Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's mostdynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of morethan 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere withits innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO and BravoGO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. BellMedia is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communicationscompany. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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For more information, pleasecontact:

Amy Doary,Bell Media, 416.384.2593 or amy.doary@bellmedia.ca