Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab Extends Application Deadline to January 24

January 9, 2014

- Program is part of Bell Media’s TV Skills Development Initiative,
which delivers training programs to elevate skill sets of creative
professionals -

- More information is available at BellMedia.ca -

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TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ – Bell Media announced today that they have
extended the application deadline for the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab until Friday, January 24. Announced last year, this specially-designed, two-part program targets
mid-level Canadian producers and offers a broadcaster internship and a
potential production apprenticeship. Interested candidates can visit BellMedia.ca to find out more and to apply. The program is scheduled to begin in
March 2014.

The Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab is part of Bell Media’s TV Skills Development Initiative, which invests
$1.8 million annually in a suite of national training programs and
partners with industry organizations such as the Writers Guild of
Canada, Canadian Film Centre, and Women in Film and Television.

The two components to the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab are:

Broadcaster Internship

The broadcaster internship trains up to six producers in a group-based
curriculum during a six-week internship at Bell Media’s Toronto
headquarters. Participants are exposed to the fundamental operations of
a Canadian broadcaster while learning about the business model and
economics of Canadian broadcasting through rotations with internal
departments. Producers will also attend an industry event or
conference, as well as participate in case studies and coaching

Production Apprenticeship

Following the broadcaster internship, up to three participants will be
selected for an eight-to-ten-month, senior-level production
apprenticeship with a top independent Canadian production company or
Bell Media In-House Productions in order for them to become more
familiar with Executive Producer roles and responsibilities.

Applicants for the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants over the age of 19.
Applicants must hold a degree or diploma with an emphasis on television
or film studies, or have an equivalent five years of production

About the Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative

The $1.8 million Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative is a suite
of national training programs, exclusively funded by Bell Media, which
ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers,
directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television industry at
different stages of their careers. The Initiative supports the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from
diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV
series; the Bell Media National Fellowship Program (Banff World Media Festival), which encourages professional development
in the television industry by enabling emerging producers, writers, and
directors to attend the festival and take part in mentorship
activities; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV
writers; the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production
experience for mid-level producers; the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), which develops showrunner knowledge and
management for TV writers; the Media Leadership Program (Women in Film and Television – Toronto), a biennial program designed
for mid to senior-level women and men who want leading-edge academic
knowledge and contemporary business and leadership skills required in
the Canadian screen-based industry; and the Business Management for Media Professionals Program (Women in Film and Television – Toronto), a certificate program
essential for emerging media professionals who want to understand the
business of film, television and interactive production.

About Bell Media Independent Production

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and
most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian
independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings
success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, the #1 new Canadian
scripted series of the 2012/13 season, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the
record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit
international series. Coming in 2014 on CTV are hit international
format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT. Among
the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the
two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the recently renewed ORPHAN
BLACK, and upcoming dramas BITTEN, 19-2, SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS.
Bell Media specialty channels are also home to reality series such as
BRAVE NEW GIRLS, game shows MATCH GAME and POP QUIZ, and factual series
Bell Media ordered 24 original Canadian series and currently has 74
projects in various stages of development.

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;
34 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 and TMN 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 www.bellmedia.ca.

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