Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Supports Script Development for 22 Film Projects

— July 21, 2014

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TORONTO (July 21, 2014) – Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced today its support for 22 film projects through its Script Development Program. The slate includes new and already-announced projects in all phases of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, and final-drafts.

Included among the projects are a treatment by Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon), the story optioning of Joseph Boyden’s Scotiabank Giller Prize winning novel Through Black Spruce, the second draft of a feature-film adaptation of Miriam Toews’ Governor General’s Award-winning novel A Complicated Kindness, and first features by celebrated Globe and Mail columnist Johanna Schneller and acclaimed television writer Matt Watts (MICHAEL: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS).

“We’re proud to get behind this incredibly talented group of Canadian writers working on these exciting and important films,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “Between the adaptations of acclaimed novels and wholly new concepts by unique new and established voices, we are thrilled with the calibre of Canadian writing talent working today.”

Supported projects: Story Optioning: The Purchase Northwood Media Inc. & 3 Legged Dog Films Author: Linda Spalding Screenwriter: Ed Gass-Donnelly   Heidegger Stairwell Motel Pictures Inc. & January Films Author: Kayt Burgess Screenwriter: Scott Smith   Through Black Spruce Buffalo Gal Development Inc. & Kistikan Pictures Author: Joseph Boyden Screenwriter: Barbara Samuels   What You Need Picture Plant Limited Author: Eliza Clarke Screenwriters: Sherry White and William MacGillivray   Four One Nine Sarrazin Productions Inc. Author: Will Ferguson Screenwriter: Suzette Couture   Who Killed Ty Conn Ilana C Frank Films Inc. Author: Linden MacIntyre & Theresa Burke First to Second Draft: Indian Horse Screen Siren Pictures Ltd. Screenwriter: Dennis Foon   A Complicated Kindness Sienna Films Inc. & Einstein Bros Inc. Screenwriters: Miriam Toews and Erik Rutherford   A Hell of a Harvest Scythia Films Inc. Screenwriter: Simon Ennis   Polish and Packaging: The Waiting Room Timelapse Pictures & Gearshift Films Screenwriter/Director: Igor Drlaca Way of the Sword Standing 8 Productions Inc. & Rob Heydon Productions Inc. Screenwriters: Bretten Hannam and Chaz Thorne Director: Chaz Thorne   Sailor Girl Markham Street Productions Inc. Screenwriters: Johanna Schneller and Anita Doron Director: Anita Doron   Southpaw Mutual St. Productions & Starling Road Productions Screenwriters: John Reardon and Jesse Moss Director: Charles Officer   Red Snow True West Films Screenwriter/Director: Marie Clements   Second to Final Draft: Out Late Palomar (3090-5178 Quebec Inc.) Screenwriters: Thomas Michael and Paolo Mancini   Riddled Sienna Films Inc. Screenwriter: Adriana Maggs   Ghost Train H is4 Productions Inc. Screenwriter: Stefan Scaini   Mr. Epiphany New Real Films Screenwriter: Matt Watts   Wrecking Ball Mad Samurai Productions Inc. Screenwriter: Daniel DiMarco   Stupid White Guy Rob Heydon Holdings Inc. Screenwriter: Alex Epstein   Shadowman Middle Child Films Inc. Screenwriter: Howard Wiseman   Treatment to First Draft: Untitled Michael Dowse Project Cardinal Film Inc. Screenwriter: Michael Dowse   About the Harold Greenberg Fund: The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from The Movie Network and Viewers Choice Canada, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the Fund has supported nearly 4,000 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $85 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.   About Bell Media: With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit  

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